3 May, 2017

LAS PIZARRAS CHARDONNAY 2015 ACHIEVES HIGHEST SCORE AS THE BEST CHILEAN WHITE WINE

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Best Wine Ranked in Chile’s Latest Report:

VIÑA ERRÁZURIZ’S LAS PIZARRAS CHARDONNAY 2015 ACHIEVES HIGHEST SCORE AS THE BEST CHILEAN WHITE WINE IN LATEST ROBERT PARKER REPORT

– In its latest report, international wine critic Robert Parker awarded Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015 with 96 points, placing it as the best wine ranked over 900 wines tasted, and chosen as Best Chilean White Wine.

– Viña Errázuriz consolidates its position as quality leader in Chile by consistently obtaining the largest number of outstanding scores in this prestigious international publication.

-Aconcagua Costa is highlighted as one of the most attractive appellations with the greatest potential, thanks to other wines highlighted in this report, including Las Pizarras Pinot Noir with 94 points.

A world class Chardonnay from Chile.” This is how renowned wine critic Luis Gutiérrez, reviewer for Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate appointed to Chile, described Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015, awarding it with 96 points, the highest score among all wines tasted in his report entitled “Chile: Earth, Air, Fire and Water”. Gutiérrez added “on its second vintage now, Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015 has an incredible texture and sharp, pungent acidity (…) and also has superb minerality and salinity.”

Gutiérrez tasted over 900 Chilean wines from different wineries, including small-scale producers and personal projects. In his 2017 Chile Report about the Chilean wine community, highlights: “there are still many terroirs to be discovered. An example is the Chardonnay Pizarras from Errázuriz. Only in its second vintage (2015), it’s already among the best wines from the country. There is always room for improvement, but in two years they have managed so much it’s almost unbelievable.”

Francisco Baettig, Viña Errázuriz’s Technical Director, commented: “As a team, we recieve this recognition sincerely proud and with the deepest satisfaction, as it is the confirmation of a great bet we placed over a specific terroir that allowed us create one of our most attractive wines.”

The Consolidation of the Aconcagua Costa Appellation

Luis Gutiérrez’s report also highlighted Aconcagua Costa appellation with outstanding scores for Viña Errázuriz wines sourced from this origin, complementing other influential wine critics’ recognitions such as James Suckling, Tim Atkin MW and Chilean wine critic Patricio Tapia. The Spanish critic referred to the wines tasted from this appellation: “Superb showing of the Aconcagua Costa range from Errázuriz, the wines that started the transformation towards fresher wines with less sweetness and oak. God bless them!” His scores confirm his praise: besides the aforementioned 96 points of Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015, he awarded Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2015 with 94 points, and Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2015, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Syrah 2015 and Pinot Noir 2015 with 92 points.

Las Pizarras’ Story: A terroir driven philosophy

Since the beginnings of Viña Errazuriz, its philosophy has been to select the finest lands, grapes, barrels, and methodologies to craft world-class wines that reflect their terroir and unique identity. In 2005 Eduardo Chadwick had a vision of acquiring land in Aconcagua Costa, a unique and extraordinarily beautiful property with cool-climate conditions and diverse soil types. His dream was to create world class wines, aspiring to showcase the potential of Aconcagua Costa through terroir-specific wines, diverse in their geographic representation and “Grand Cru” in style. Under the leadership of Francisco Baettig, Errazuriz’s Technical Director, these ideas were distilled into three core principles:

-Terroir would be the single most important feature
-Minimal intervention in the cellar for purity of flavour and true balance
-The creation of something that would endure beyond our lifetime and for generations to come.

After years of mapping and exploring the property, and with the collaboration of the French geologist Francoise Vannier-Petite, we were able to identify specific blocks that had a high component of metamorphic rock including slate (pizarra, in Spanish) and schist soils that make up this terroir. Extremely rare in Chile’s growing regions, slate and schist soils are one of the most prized of all wine-growing soils. The unique mineral composition of the soils, along with specific climate conditions, yield grapes of exceptional distinctive minerality, flavours and aromas.

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