MAX Carmenere 2017
The grape long-lost in Bordeaux that has become a unique signature in Chile, MAX Carmenere is captivating with aromas of spice and black fruit on the nose, along with black pepper, toast and a long, silky palate. This voluptuous, juicy wine is generous in soft tannins, and its tremendous concentration and typicity promise excellent cellaring potential.
Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.
The grapes are sourced mainly from the Max V, VI and VII vineyards. The vineyards are planted on soils of alluvial and colluvial origin, with a variable percentage of clay and stones, good drainage and depth for the roots to explore.
Grapes were handpicked, sorted, destemmed, crushed and placed in open-top stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes had a total maceration for 12-20 days. Afterwards, the wine was kept in French oak barrels, 25% of them new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.
The 2017 vintage in the interior of the Aconcagua Valley will be remembered by the hot temperatures recorded throughout the season. Nevertheless, the winery was able to manage this by careful irrigation management, increasing the water supply during the hottest periods and by harvesting significantly earlier.
The 2017 vintage of our MAX Carmenere displays a beautiful cherry red color. On the nose, a subtle note of ripened black fruits compliments aromas of pepper and roasted red pepper, soft and elegant notes of black tea leaves, rosemary and moistened earth. The palate is dominated by its spicy character, all framed by chocolate and roasted coffee bean notes coming from the oak barrels. Very soft, it shows good structure with elegant, fine tannins, accompanied by refreshing acidity.
Environmentally friendly processes include using gravity instead of pumps to move wine, controlling temperatures with wind in underground ducts to avoid use of air conditioning, and using solar panels and special window glass to save energy.
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