2014 Errazuriz "Aconcagua Costa" Chardonnay
A dense and rich white with sliced pear, apple and mineral character. Some lemon grass too. Full-bodied, rich and flavorful. Some phenolics give it structure.
Wine & Spirits
Errázuriz’s pioneering vineyards on the Aconcagua coast are now beginning to deliver some of the best chardonnay of Chile. This comes from vines planted in the mid-2000s on clay and granite soils, giving a wine with a certain voluptuousness that envelops the palate, its generous flavors cooled by coastal acidity. Its tension suggests cellaring for a few years, even while it’s drinking well now, especially with pan-roasted fish.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa was fermented in barrel with indigenous yeasts, and approximately half of the volume underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine rested in used French oak barrels in contact with the lees for ten months. It has a faint lactic nose with some smoky and spicy aromas, a core of yellow plums and waxy apples, as well as some hints of nuts with a commercial, discrete but incipient complexity; it has with an approachable profile without excess (quite subtle within the barrel fermented Chardonnays). The palate is medium-bodied, dry with pungent flavors, good length and lifted by lively acidity. This is a delicious Chardonnay at a very good price. Some 32,000 bottles were filled March 2015.
Pale yellow-gold. A highly perfumed, complex bouquet evokes ripe pear, white peach, anise, buttered toast and jasmine. Fleshy, broad and dry on the palate, offering energetic orchard and pit fruit flavors and a bracing jolt of bitter citrus zest. Shows very good depth as well as vivacity and finishes on a chalky mineral note, with strong persistence and an echo of smokiness.