MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2019
With a delightful profile that delicately manages to combine the fruity style of New Zealand and the minerality of the Loire Valley, Errazuriz has built a reputation for producing one of the most interesting Sauvignon Blancs from the Aconcagua Costa. MAX Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the Manzanar Vineyard in Chile’s newest appellation, Aconcagua Costa. Planted by Errazuriz in 2005 and just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the combination of cool climate and diverse, quality soils creates wines with tremendous freshness and bracing minerality.
The grapes were sourced from the Manzanar vineyard, located just 7.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines are planted at an altitude of 100 to 200 and 328 to 656 feet above sea level. The clay-loam soil is just 12 inches deep, with a stratum of clay and metamorphic rock (schist) underneath. These unique features are ideal for growing cold-climate grape varieties.
Grapes were picked in the early morning and carefully transported to the winery, where they are pressed. Juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 14 to 16°C during 15 to 20 days, then softly filtered and bottled.
The 2019 season was dry and warm with a shortfall of rains by the end of winter and beginning of spring. The harvest began earlier as a result of the warmer temperatures with grapes showing great concentration with classic aromas and high acidity.
Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019 shows a straw-yellow color with greenish highlights. On the nose, it unfolds citric and tropical fruits, and herbal notes that reminds of grapefruit, lemon skin, mango, passion fruit and a hint of mint. On the palate, it offers citric and herbal notes that intertwine to create a refreshing and crisp combination. A wine of medium volume and good persistence, vertical and with a 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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