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 fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business. The grapes for the 2009 Single Vineyard Carmenère were sourced from the Max V vineyard at the Don Maximiano Estate in the Aconcagua Valley. This vineyard was planted in 1992 and is trellised to vertical shoot position. The area features an extended dry season with moderately warm summer days cooled by gentle afternoon breezes that blow in from the Pacific Ocean.
The wine itself is deep violet-ruby red, with a nose that starts with notes of sweet spice and chocolate and leads into black fruit that builds along with characteristic black pepper notes. Full of rich flavour and excellent typicity on the palate, with notes of roasted red peppers, soy sauce, cinnamon, and blackberries, complemented by tobacco and pencil lead. This is a lush, mouthfilling wine with soft, ripe and very sweet tannins and a firm acidity that refreshes and guarantees longevity in the bottle.
This Carmenère works exceedingly well with chicken and goose liver pates, meat cannelloni beef bourguignonne and beef stroganoff.