MAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
We’ll go out in a limb here and say that this is one of the world’s great values in quality Cabernet Sauvignon and, beyond that, a Cabernet that utterly reflects where it is grown. A perfect package of fresh and savory fruits and spices within a frame of juicy and supple tannins that offer both pleasure and structure.
Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he 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.
The inland Aconcagua Valley is a semi-desert region where the hot summer days are moderated both from the west by the Pacific and the east by the Andes mountains. The high day-night temperature differences slow ripening and help create an intensity of flavors and concentration. The grapes were specifically grown in three vineyard blocks with an average age of 25 years, with two of them containing soils of colluvial origin, a clay-loam texture and 70% stone composition, and the third block made up of soils of alluvial origin, with a loam to clay-loam texture with 50% stone composition.
Grapes were handpicked, sorted, destemmed, crushed and placed in open top stainless steel tanks, where the grapes underwent a cold maceration. Afterwards, the wine was kept in French oak barrels, 30% of them new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.
The 2019 season was dry and warm. Nonetheless, the absence of rains ensured the splendid conditions of grapes. The harvest was earlier as this was a dry season. The vineyards’ quality was demonstrated once again given the climatic fluctuations, droughts and high temperatures, delivering grapes of excellent sanitary conditions and superb concentration, in benefit of preserving the aromas and acidity of the wines.
MAX Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 has a deep and clean claret red colour with ruby shimmers. The nose has notes of strawberries, cherries and some blueberries, accompanied by a soft tone reminiscent of mint, cloves, hints of rosemary and pastries. The palate is predominated by red fruits such as cherries, cassis and bitter chocolate. It is a wine of great structure and juiciness with Fine-grained and polish tannins, crowned by an excellent persistence.
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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