31 May, 2017

LAS PIZARRAS CHARDONNAY CONSOLIDATES AS THE BEST CHILEAN WHITE WINE

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For the third consecutive time this year, Las Pizarras Chardonnay from Viña Errázuriz achieved the highest distinction from an international wine critic and was chosen as the best white wine from Chile. This time the praise came from James Suckling, who in his recent report “The Time for Chilean wine is now” released in May referred to Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2016 as “a very energetic and powerful wine, dense and layered”, awarding it with 98 points and placing it as the best white wine scored. Furthermore, this is Suckling’s second consecutive report in which this Chardonnay positions as the best Chilean white.

Last March, Tim Atkin MW awarded the 2015 vintage of this wine with 97 points, choosing it as Chile’s Best White Wine of the Year with following review: “Francisco Baettig thinks this is the best wine he’s ever made and I’m inclined to agree, as it sets a new benchmark for South American Chardonnay. Savoury, focused and stylishly oaked, with notes of lemon zest and baking spices, it wouldn’t look out of place in a line up of Grands Crus Burgundies.”

Later, in April, Luis Gutiérrez, reviewer at Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate appointed to Chile, rated the 2015 vintage with 96 points, positioning itself as the best White rated and also as the best Chilean wine rated among more than 900 Chilean wines tasted for that report: “On its second vintage now, Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015 has an incredible texture and sharp, pungent acidity (…) and also has superb minerality and salinity. 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. A world class Chardonnay from Chile.”

The Consolidation of the Aconcagua Costa Appellation

James Suckling’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 Luis Gutiérrez, Tim Atkin MW and Chilean wine critic Patricio Tapia. About this denomination of origin, Suckling commented: “Chile can make a distinctive style of Pinot Noir (…) the country can make that statement. The appellations of Aconcagua Costa (…) make excellent pinot noir with a purity of fruit comparable to the pinots of California or South Australia and a structure and freshness comparable to Burgundy.”


Las Pizarras: The consolidation of the Best Pinot Noir and Best Chardonnay of Chile

Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016, 99 points: For the third consecutive year since its inaugural release in 2014, Suckling positioned this wine as the best Pinot Noir in Chile, achieving in this report the outstanding score of 99 points, also obtained in the previous report of 2016: “The mineral, stone, slate and violet aromas are superb. Full body, dense and silky texture. So much beautiful fruit yet it’s so reserved and refined. Layered and complete. Fantastic acidity at the finish. Iron, iodine and oyster. Long finish. Fantastic follow up to the 2015.”

Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2016, 98 points: “Best white of Chile this year for the second year in a row. So perfumed with honey, melon, lilac flower and cooked apple. Just a hint of cream. Full body yet linear and racy with a bright and intense acidity. Very energetic and powerful. Dense and layered. It rolls off the palate and grabs your attention. Electric.” The inaugural release of Las Pizarras Chardonnay in 2014 also positioned among the best Chilean Chardonnays in Suckling’s report in 2015.

Viña Errázuriz’s Flagships

Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2015, 96 points: “Very refined and pretty with tight polished tannins and a linear and fruit mouth feel. Medium body, precise and focused. It shows the essense of cab character. Feminine style.”

KAI Carmenere 2015, 95 puntos: “Unique Kai this year with paprika, blackberry, currant and stone. Full body, layered and beautiful. Wonderful finish. Such soft and polished tannins.”

The highlights of the Aconcagua Costa appellation

Aconcagua Costa Syrah 2015, 94 points: “Very precise and beautiful with blueberry, walnut, mushroom and stone. Black pepper as well. Tar too. Full body, chewy and layered. Gorgeous and balanced. Best ever.”

Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2016, 93 points: “This is another gorgeous white with sliced apple, lemon rind, and just a hint of cream. Grapefruit. Full body, layered and beautiful. Energetic and vivid.”

Aconcagua Costa Pinot Noir 2016, 92 points: “A vivid and beautiful pinot noir. Lifted nose. Clean and fruity with very fine tannins and a polished finish. 15% whole cluster in the fermentation.”

Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 91 points: “Bright and fruity with an oily character to this dense wine. Some fennel and richness at the finish.”

Highlights from Aconcagua Valley

Aconcagua Alto Carmenere 2015, 94 points: “This is really beautiful with blueberry, violet and graphite aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins. Classy.”

Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, 93 points: “The aromas of flowers and crushed stone with hint soft currants. Full body, velvety tannins and a delicious finish. Juicy and beautiful.”

Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 93 points: “This is a fantastic sauvignon from Chile. Lots of grass, lemon, grapefruit and Thai basil. Full body, round and layered at the finish. Splendid energy to this.”

Max Reserva Carmenere 2015, 93 points: “This is very classy and beautiful with blackberry and dried tobacco. Medium to full body, very fine and pretty. Licorice and tar. Real carmenere here.”

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