MAX Sauvignon Blanc 2017
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 2017 vintage was characterized by a mild and dry winter, followed by a very sunny and warm summer, finalized by an early harvest. As a result the vintage allowed for wines with sophistication that beautifully balance fruit concentration, structure and depth mainly given the season’s particularly low yields. The wines of 2017 have an immense sense of purity, minerality, intensity and structure.
Silver yellow color with greenish hues. On the nose, this Sauvignon Blanc first reveals its herbal profile, with hints of tomato leaf, herbs and green chili, plus some citrus notes that remind you of tangerine and lemon skin. On the palate, citrus and herbal notes intertwine creating a refreshing, crunchy and vibrant set. A persistent and vertical wine with refreshing acidity.
Certified Sustainable. 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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