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Wine Details
Francisco Baettig and Eduardo Chadwick touch red wine glasses in a toast to Errazuriz

Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2016

Aconcagua Valley
  • 75cl bottle

Lively aromas of lemon zest and lime blossom are underscored with hints of crisp pear and white flowers. The palate is heightened by a driving minerality and vibrant acidity that carries through on the lingering finish.

Vineyards

The grapes for our Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay come from the Manzanar vineyard, located barely 7.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Planted by Errazuriz in 2005 and 2009, the soil is thin layer of loamy texture and placed on a base of clay and metamorphic rock (slate/schist). This provides the mineral notes present in the wines that are grown in these vineyards.

Vintage

2016 was a very challenging year for Chilean wines. The El Nino current delayed the grape development as it caused heavy rains and cooler temperatures. Consequently, the harvest took place two weeks later than previous years and only the best and healthiest grapes were selected. The result is very interesting as the slow maturity contributed to decrease the sugar and alcohol levels. Therefore, 2016 is characterized by wines with great elegance and freshness; a more Bordeaux style vintage.

Winemaking

Grapes were hand picked during the early hours of the morning, whole-cluster pressed and cold decanted in stainless steel tanks. The use of native yeasts, as well as cultured strains of yeast, during a wild fermentation contributes greater complexity to the wine. Fermentation took place at 18°-22°C, and approximately 50% of the final blend underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine remained on its fine lees in french oak barrels for ten months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted White Meats
  • Fish/Shellfish
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Salads and Picnics
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses