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Errazuriz is one of Chile's best-loved and most popular wine makers. It produces a diverse range of wines and regularly wins medals at the International Wine Challenge, as some have done here. The worst thing about it is that some peOple tie their tongue in knots trying to pronounce its name. Errazuriz Sauvignon Blanc 1999/2000 (25.99) One of the many grapes that grow so well in the Chilean climate. They usually taste somewhere in the middle of French and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. and this is no exception. Not as piercingly vibrant as a Kiwi style. but more overtly fruity than the French. Packed full of fresh pear and mango aromas with a touch of asparagus. and a gloriously crisp finish.
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Errazuriz Merlot 2000 (£6.49) Most Merlot planted in Chile isn't true Merlot; it's a grape called Carmenere. or at least a blend of the two. and it's only now being labelled accordingly. The same is the case here and it tastes great with lavish dark chocolate. black cherry and pepper aromas. Lightly oaked and bursting with fruit on the palate.
Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 (£6.49) You always know where you are with a good Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the kings of the grape world. The benchmark blackcurrant aromas and flavours are here. with hints of raspberry, liquorice and chocolate. Lightly oaked with some fine tannins, this is perfectly balanced with the explosion of fruit on the palate.
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Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 1999 (£9.99) Now this is
new world Chardonnay with a difference.
It is fermented using the natural yeasts present in the grape skin. which
produces more subtle. complex flavours.
The nose is rich. with baked apples and creme caramel, a trace of yeastiness. and just a sliver of oak. The palate is big. full-on loaded with flavours of tropical fruit with a rich creamy texture.
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