Top Flight Chardonnay from Errazuriz’s Aconcagua Costa Estate – Tasting the Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015…

In May 2018 I reviewed the delicious new 2017 Las Pizarras Chardonnay release, undoubtedly the most impressive Chardonnay I have ever tasted from Chile. This is a wine that redefines top flight Chardonnay quality from South America and joins a rarefied handful of wines including Catena’s White Stones and their White Bones cuvees from Argentina as stand out examples.

I recently got to taste the excellent 2015 Las Pizarras vintage again. Produced from vines grown on mostly Schist soils, this wine was aged for 9 months in French oak barrels and retains an incredibly restrained Burgundian expression. Indeed, it was this very wine that almost cracked the New World selection for the wines chosen to compete against Burgundy in the Great Blind Chardonnay Tasting 2018.

Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015, Aconcagua Costa Valley, Chile

A crystalline bright straw canary yellow colour, the electricity is so evident in this superb wine. The nose is the most beguiling mix of liquid limestone, lime peel, lemon grass, wet slate and seductive orange blossom. Your palate is met with an incredible intensity, pithy citric lightning bolt that runs through your body. So delicious, fresh and pithy with the liquid minerality continuing to the finish. Just the right amount of complexing flinty struck match reduction guides you to a very happy place especially if you’re a Chardonnay connoisseur. A really incredible wine from Chile. Certainly a game changer. Drink now to 2030+

(Wine Safari Score: 95+/100 Greg Sherwood

The Finest Chardonnay in Chile – Tasting the Profound Errazuriz Las Pizarras From Aconcagua Costa…

Chardonnay is a very tricky varietal category. In order to make a wine that will impress, it has to be capable of holding its own against the finest French examples from Burgundy and further afield like Limoux, the Jura and the Bouches du Rhone / Alpilles (think Trevallon Blanc).

But recently, I got the opportunity to taste not only the current release Las Pizarras 2015 Chardonnay, but also the fab 2016 and the future release 2017. As a Chardonnay / white Burgundy aficionado, I would be the first to express my scepticism at the claims that Chilean Chardonnay can be great or even profound. But tasting the Las Pizarras expression from Errazuriz really blew my mind and reset my regional compass for the potential of this varietal.

Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2017, Aconcagua Costa, Chile

Wonderfully vibrant, taut and youthful with an incredible spring in its step, this wine is still embryonic but so expressive, focused and intense. Showing white citrus, green apple and honeydew melon exuberance but with a broody, schisty minerality lurking not far beneath. From a cooler vintage, this 2017 shows piercing acidity, incredible vibrancy and a pristine focus. A rasping dry mineral finish, this is a truly world class Chardonnay unlike anything made in Chile previously. A real eye opener. Drink from 2022 to 2035+

(Wine Safari Score: 96/100 Greg Sherwood MW)