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Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reservetext

Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2015

Valle de Aconcagua, Region de Aconcagua, ChileThere’s been a shift in style at Errazuriz and it's all for the better. Winemaker Francisco Baettig was a leader in the reduction and elimination of brett over a decade ago at Errazuriz, and the tweaking has gone well beyond that field today. The latest with Don Maximiano has been a marked evolution in style, especially with its new flavour profile and highly refined textures. Red fruit and silky soft tannins have transformed this wine from a brute to a highly polished red wine and we love the effect it has on this ageing vineyard at Panquehue, allowing its unique special terroir to shine. The wine is fermented in smallish stainless-steel vats and aged in two thirds new French barriques for 22 months. You won’t find the word elegant in any of our previous Don Max notes, but this wine is all that and more. Floral, elegant, and red-fruited, brushed with dried herbs and wrapped in seamless tannins equals a whole new Don Max, and I say bravo, Francisco. I love the tension and balance here, indicating it will age effortlessly. This is a terrific Chilean blend.Tasted: 16 October 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
AB$85.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Viña ErrazurizDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 501247UPC: 00608057104841