MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2018
It’s becoming common knowledge, Errazuriz is one of the most interesting quality areas to grow Sauvignon Blanc, with wines that sit between the fruit of New Zealand and the minerality of the Loire Valley. 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 unforgettable 2018 season in Aconcagua Costa will be remembered as one of the coldest on recorded in this vineyard, with a heat summation 15% lower than historic averages, mainly concentrated during the months that preceded the harvest. The absence of rain from November to April provided the ideal conditions for a slow and steady ripening process. From May to October, there was a period of rain that was more abundant than usual. January, February and March were colder, especially the two first months of the year. March stepped in with blue skies, providing plenty of sunny days that provided the ideal conditions for the grapes to finish their ripening process on time and in excellent conditions.
On the nose, fresh herbal notes accompanied by notes of citronella, accompanied by mint, plus some tomato and skin of tangerine and grapefruit. A wine more vertical than broad, 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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