Estates
24 October 2012 News

Big news for Errazuriz, the vineyard area just 7.5 miles from the ocean that the estate planted in 2005 has been officially classified as an appellation, Denomination of Origin Aconcagua Costa. The area had never been planted to vine previously, and Errazuriz made an enormous and daring calculation that this cool area (cooler than the Casablanca Valley) with its low-vigor schist soils would be an ideal area for fresh and complex whites and cool climate reds.  Currently the Sauvignon Blanc Estate is produced from fruit grown at this vineyard, named Manzanar. Click the image below to read more about the Aconcagua Costa DO and on the second page you can see where the vineyard is relative to the vineyards further inland around the winery.

 
24 October 2012 News

The October 2012 issue of The World of Fine Wine features an article by Benjamin Lewin MW, “Old Bordeaux or New Bordeaux? American Alternatives”. Lewin writes about examining wine alternatives to Bordeaux on the other side of the Atlantic in California, Chile, and Argentina and finds that there are a growing number of substitutes. The Chilean wines as alternatives were Errazuriz icon wine Don Maximiano 2008 and Viñedo Chadwick 2009. See below for his comments on each of these wines:

 
8 October 2012 News

The UK’s Harpers Wine & Spirits trade review released an article on the remarkable vertical tasting of the icon wines of Viña Errazuriz that was held in a hotel in Victoria by Hatch Mansfield, a UK distributor.  “The celebrated Chadwick, Sena, Don Maximiano, Kai and La Cumbre brands were all there, making up a dazzling display of heavyweights,” said Geoffrey Dean, Harpers’ blogger.  Dean also says “the Chadwick, though, is regarded as Chile’s finest wine”. There were plenty of more great comments on each outstanding wine, to read the full article click here.

 
3 October 2012 News, Videos

A great handheld video Errazuriz winemaker Francisco Baettig took a few years back, looking at Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the vineyard and cellar.

 
30 August 2012 News

Jaime Goode, journalist and blogger of Wineanorak.com, writes about his weekend in the countryside of the quaint village of Erdisland, Herefordshire in the UK.  As he enjoyed the excitement of the village activities he mentions three rich white wines of various producers that he tasted with the group he traveled with. Among the three wines, 2010 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay. Below are his comments and great photo of the three wines.

“Ripe and bold with peach, fig and toast notes. Lively and broad with some pithy notes and some citrus zip. Textured, broad and satisfying. 90/100”

To read more about his trip click the image below.

 
30 August 2012 News

The Washington Post published an article giving readers some great wine recommendations from Chile. With each recommendation varying from “very good'” to “excellent”, the 2010 Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay was mentioned as excellent and the comments are as follows.

“Errazuriz has marketed this wine as something of a novelty; fermenting a wine with wild or indigenous yeast instead of commercial yeast is no longer unusual. It combines a smoky minerality with ripe fruit and exotic spice from barrel aging. Errazuriz makes two excellent sauvignon blancs from the 2011 vintage: an Estate ($13) and a “Single Vineyard” ($16).”

To see all their recommendations click the image below.

 
17 August 2012 News

A recent article in the Washington Post by Dave McIntyre discusses the recovery of Chilean reds. After the 2010 earthquake that devastated southern Chile, also hitting the wine industry in that area of the country, Chile had a somewhat rocky yet positive 2011. “Ask any wine lover where the bargains are, and you’ll hear Spain, Italy, France or Argentina, but rarely Chile” says McIntyre, but still “Chile remains a reliable source of bargain wine”.  McIntyre explains that even though there have been slight price increases, Chilean wines, like Errazuriz, still represent great value against similarly priced bottles from around the world. Click the image below to read the full article.

 

 
20 July 2012 News

In the Errazuriz “Good to Know” newsletter for July 2012, the winery’s team showcases the significant impression their top wines made at Vinexpo Asia-Pacific this year in Hong Kong. Errazuriz recreated the environment of the Don Maximiano Icon Winery by building an unbelievable scale replica of the winery in a prime location within Vinexpo. During the three-day fair, one of the most important events in the industry, the impressively designed Errazuriz  booth was a show-stopper.

Click the image below to read the full newsletter which also discusses a tasting in Saint Petersburg and upcoming wine seminars across Asia and Europe!

 
25 June 2012 News

The most recent Errazuriz Harvest Report for 2012 is now available.  Overall, the 2011-12 season was warm and dry with moderate yields, with higher temperatures and less rain than the previous season, resulting in healthy grapes.

The 2012 Harvest Report  features the climate report and description of the wine quality by zone.  In great detail, the report explains the 2011-2012 season’s yields, temperatures, and other harvesting conditions that contribute to the management of the vines and grapes in the each zone. Click the image below to read the full report.

 

 
21 June 2012 News

Featured in Errazuriz’ “Good to Know” Number 76, the winery is once again one of the highest-ranked in the Annual Report on Chilean wines from Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. The “Best New Releases from Chile” report from Errazuriz points out that their Icon Wines achieved the highest scores in the issue, with 93 points each, while Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2009 obtained 92 points.  The Single Vineyard and Specialty wines, moreover, had fantastic reviews as well.  Check out all the scores below!