MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2020
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.
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 Sauvignon Blanc 2020 shows a straw-yellow color with greenish highlights. On the nose, it has notes of citrus with accents of green apple, guava and fresh herbs. This continues on the palate, giving an intense varietal character and tension. It has excellent persistence, medium volume, and bright acidity—creating a balanced and refreshing wine.
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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