30 May, 2019

DON MAXIMIANO: AMONG THE BEST PREMIUM SOUTH AMERICAN RED BLENDS

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The 2016 vintage of Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve –Viña Errázuriz’s flagship wine- was selected among South America’s best Premium red blends by UK Decanter magazine. Published in mid-May, the tasting results of the panel made up by Peter Richards MW, Paz Levinson and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW described Don Maximiano 2016 as “A big wine with elegance. Opulence this is with an array of notes, black fruit, cassis and a lovely herbal complexity. What’s special is the freshness, beautifully balanced with its acidity and concentration of fruit.”

The publication also highlighted the quality consistency of the wines: “In an impressive tasting, quality overall was consistent. South American super-premium red blends are no longer just about exuberant fruit and power. We are seeing a concerted move towards elegance, and producers seem to be working harder than ever to express their terroir.” A special mention was dedicated also to The Berlin Tasting: “The status of ‘icon’ has to be earned, but what exactly does a wine have to achieve in order to join this upper echelon of New World styles? In Chile, Errazuriz’s Eduardo Chadwick feels a super-premium wine that carries the aspiration to become an ‘icon’ must convey a specific character that can only come from a unique terroir, as well as having an engaging story.

 

Chadwick is credited for altering the perception of Chile’s premium credentials by hosting a series of blind tastings worldwide to pit his top Cabernets against some of the best Bordeaux, and later icon reds from California, Spain and Italy. The events began in Berlin in 2004, with his Viñedo Chadwick 2000 and Seña 2001 triumphing over Château Lafite Rothschild 2000 and Château Margaux 2001, among others, at a time when Chile was perceived as merely a source for fruit-driven, reliable and inexpensive wines.

 

These landmark tastings began to challenge the general perception, proving that South American wines could rub shoulders with the world’s best reds – and show elegance too. Understanding that their countries had the grapes, the terroir and the people able to produce premium wines had an effect beyond enhancing a sense of pride among fellow South American producers – it gave many the confidence and desire to prove their own credentials.”

 

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