MAX Pinot Noir 2020
Hailing from a daring planting nearly 15 years ago of vineyards fewer than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean, MAX Pinot Noir is a stunning expression of Pinot Noir that we believe makes it one of the highest quality, most interesting, and most original Pinot Noirs available at its price from anywhere in the world.
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 that go into the MAX Pinot Noir come from cool climate vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley which are located in the western end of the valley and are noted for the Pacific Ocean’s cool breezes and early morning fog. The special conditions of nutrition and drainage of the diverse soils help control plant vigor, producing balanced fruit loads with small bunches and berries.
Grapes were hand-picked, double sorted, destemmend and crushed, then placed in open top stainless steel tanks. The grapes cold macerated for 3 to 5 days before fermentation. The wine was racked in French oak barrels (15% new) where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months.
Undoubtedly a very challenging 2020 season, presenting the driest winter of the last 50 years. The vineyards in the Aconcagua Region had to endure an intense hydric marathon to accomplish ripeness. Warm temperatures, especially in springtime, ended the season with a slightly colder March and April. Moderate crop yield and abundant irrigation in summer helped maintain the freshness and quality of the vines.
MAX Pinot Noir 2020 has a beautiful cherry red colour with ruby shimmers. On the nose, it is fruity, reminiscent of raspberry, cherries and attractive notes of rose petal, plus a balsamic touch that adds complexity. On the palate, it is consistent with its nose, unfolding plenty of red fruit notes accompanied by sweet tones that remind of its time in French oak barrels. It is a wine with a good structure, showing a balance between tension and freshness with fine-grained tannins.
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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