The deep purplish-red color hints at the aromas and flavors to come intense notes of violet, sweet spices and red fruit are touched by hints of nutmeg and red pepper. Medium-firm tannins and balanced acidity lead to a refreshing and smooth finish.
Don Maximiano Errazuriz founded Vina Errazuriz in 1870 in Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, 65 miles north of Santiago. Recognizing that the valley’s hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes provided ideal conditions for growing grapes, Don Maximiano planted carefully selected French clones and slowly transformed a barren landscape into a world-class vineyard. Eduardo Chadwick is the fifth consecutive generation of his family to lead this historic estate according to Don Maximiano’s philosophy “From the best land, the best wine. For more than a century, Errazuriz has produced some of the finest wines in Chile by managing each stage of winemaking from grape to bottle. Unlike most major Chilean producers, Errazuriz only uses hand-picked estate fruit for its wines. Further, Errazuriz was one of the first Chilean wineries to earn the certification of sustainability from Vinos de Chile and the Vinnova-Tecnovid Consortium. Winemaker Francisco Baettig earned a Master’s Degree from the Department of Enology at the University of Bordeaux and worked in Sancerre, Pomerol, Languedoc-Roussillon, Santa Cruz and throughout Chile before joining Errazuriz. He is responsible for making some of the most highly regarded wines ever produced in Chile. While the evolution of the portfolio has been influenced by changing consumer preferences as well as the development of the vineyards, Errazuriz continues to offer an unparalleled range of quality wines at every price level. The Max Reserva wines are made exclusively from estate fruit grown in the family’s Aconcagua Valley vineyards and the grapes are destemmed before beginning its cuvaison. Exceptional quality, character and complexity are the hallmarks of this rigorous and intensive effort. Sauvignon Blanc was planted in 2005 on the Manzanar Vineyard in the Aconcagua Costa, 7.5 miles from the Pacific, on loam soils over clay and schist. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were planted in 1997 in the La Escultura Vineyard, on schist soils and is further inland and warmer with more precipitation. Cabernet Sauvignon was planted over 20 years ago on the Max V Vineyard in Aconcagua on gravel soils with excellent drainage. Carmenere, planted 20 years ago on the Max VI and Max VII Vineyards in Aconcagua on loam soils, ripens well in the warmer climate.
|Fruit grown in the Max V Vineyard was fermented in stainless steel tanks with pump overs twice per day. Post-fermentation, the wine macerated for 13-25 days and aged for 12 months in oak barrels (20% new).