2007 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

2007 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

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2007 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Description

A strong contender for the finest wine in Chile, the Don Maximiano 2007 is made up of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. It is farmed from five plots , imaginatively titled Max 1-V, all of which are located in the Aconcagua Valley and as a result benefit from cooling Pacific breezes in addition to predominately granitic or gravely soils which offer good levels of drainage.

This is a classic Cabernet, with cassis, blueberry and truffle on the nose and a palate where the oak (18 months in 94% French) is finely integrated and subtle. The wine is rich and textured, and has both structural definition and perfect equilibrium, qualities that are seldom combined with such success in the New World.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer) 
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Errazuriz

Errazuriz

Vina Errazuriz was established by Don Maximiano Errazuriz in 1870 and today the company is run by his descendent, Eduardo Chadwick. The company has four separate estates, with its original estate and spiritual heartland being in the Panquehue sub-region of the Aconcagua Valley. Here the vines benefit from the cool and rainy winters, as well as the warm summers. Most importantly, the majority of the vineyards are situated on slopes, which ensures that the grapes reach optimum ripeness.

Californian winemaker Ed Flaherty joined in 1997 and he has taken the wines to new heights, largely through fine-tuning vineyard practices and by reducing yields.

Without doubt one of the very best Chilean producers.

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Aconcagua Valley

Aconcagua Valley

Aconcagua, 80km from the capital Santiago, north of Casablanca and south of Limari, is the last east-west tranversal valley before the long, north-south Central Valley begins. It is named after the highest peak in the Andes, Mt. Aconcagua (6,959m) and is made up of two very distinct zones. The interior of Aconcagua, Panquehue, is Chile's hottest, driest wine region, while the new vineyards located closer to the Pacific coast produce wines with pronounced exotic flavours.

Pure Andean water, a stable climate, clear skies and low risk of frost create ideal conditions for wine growing. Cool currents from both the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped Andes Mountains help to maintain good acidity in the grapes, while the sunny and intensely hot summers ensure full levels of fruit ripeness.

Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere dominate the production and they have been grown here since the mid 19th century, yet since the 1990s the region has witnessed an enthusiastic interest in Syrah.

Aconcagua is Errazuriz's base

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The 2007 Don Maximiano Founders Reserve is composed of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Syrah that spent 20 months in new French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it surrenders an enticing nose of toasty new oak, graphite, scorched earth, cinnamon, clove, violets, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate, it reveals a suave personality that combines elegance and power. Impeccably balanced, it has the structure to evolve for 4-6 years and should provide pleasure through 2027.
Jay S Miller - 23/12/2010 Read more