Errazuriz - Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Chilean White Wine 37.5cl Bottle


Errazuriz - Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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37.5cl Bottle
Available 07th Aug 2014

The Errazuriz Late Harvest 2010 has a bright silvery-yellow colour and a crisp style.

Citrus and ripe fruit notes such as apricot and raisins stand out on the nose, along with light notes of white citrus flowers.

Smooth textured and creamy on the palate, with great balance between the characteristic late harvest sweetness and the vibrant acidity of a unique vintage. With good persistence and pleasing acidity, this wine promises a lengthy cellaring potential.

This wine is made from very late-harvested grapes with a significant amount of noble rot. The alternation of wet and hot periods enable the development of the fungus Botrytis cinerea, which is responsible for the noble rot that concentrates sugars, fruit acids, and flavours in the grapes and creates pleasant aromas of honey, raisin, and dried apricot. Noble rot occurs only under certain climatic conditions. The fungus grows when humidity is followed by heat, which dries the grapes and halts their ripening.

The grapes were hand-picked and only the best clusters with the right degree of noble rot were chosen. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and 90% was fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging from 15°-17°C (59°-63°F). The rest was fermented in second-use French oak barrels at 16°-22°C (61°-72°F), which greatly enhanced texture and volume on the palate in the final blend. Fermentation was carried out slowly. As the initial must was highly concentrated, the wine reached an alcohol content of 12° while maintaining a high level of residual sugar-104 grams/litre in this case-giving this dessert wine its unique qualities.

The Sauvignon Blanc in the blend adds citrus fruit and stone fruit, while the Gewurztraminer contributes a lush mouthfeel and delicate floral notes, which are also contributed by the Viognier and enhance the complexity of the final blend. Approximately 10% of the wine was aged in multiple use French oak barrels for seven months.

Category(s):     Dessert Wine

Producer: Errazuriz   -
ABV:   12%
Brand:   Errazuriz
Country of Origin:   Chile
Food Match:   Mild Fish
Food Match:   Poached or Steamed
Grape Type:   Viognier
Grape Type:   Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Type:   Gewurztraminer
Region:   Aconcagua
Vintage:   2011


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Producer Information

The Errazuriz Estate was founded in 1870 when Don Maximiano Errazuriz planted his first vineyards at Panquehue in the Aconcagua Valley - 100km North of the capital. Recognising that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world class vineyard.
Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano's descendant Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the sixth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic Estate whilst maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errazuriz has built a reputation as the "Premier Family Wine Estate of Chile".
Errazuriz's philosophy is best expressed by Don Maximiano who said, "From the best land, the best wine." Vina Errazuriz believe in the concept of 'terroir' and strive to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua and Casablanca valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity.

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