20 Mar 2006

Errazuriz Don Maximiano

Founder's Reserve '00
Don Maximiano Estate, Aconcagua Valley - the highest peak in the western hemisphere
[£20-£22, Hatch Mansfield, Four Walls Wine, T. 01243 535353]

A STRETCH LIMO of a wine. Errazuriz's flagship Cabernet (named after the founder) is so big it almost drifts to the nose visually, like the food aromas they draw in cartoons.

Curranty, with leather and tobacco notes, this is plush yet savoury (a hint of sweat) replete with a long, lingering draft of cassis. The fruit comes from the finest and oldest plots within the Don Maximiano vineyards.

I look forward to trying the '03 which features a tiny helping of Syrah and might help add a touch of complexity.

The only issue I find is when saying the name Errazuriz which makes me sound half-cut!

An interesting blind tasting including this wine can be found HERE.