Errazuriz The Blend

The different varieties of grapes that go into our The Blend came from specific sectors of our Ocoa and Manzanar vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley. The Max and Ocoa vineyards present a long dry season with moderately warm summer days cooled by evening breezes that enter the valley from the Pacific Ocean. In Ocoa, the vines are planted on rocky soils of alluvial and colluvial origin with low vigour potential, good drainage, and up to 25–30% stones of varying sizes. In the case of Manzanar, its location just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean results in a heat summation of just 1,250 Degree Days during the growing season. The Syrah planted in the eastern sector of the property faces north to ensure full ripening. The soils present a thin, 40–80 cm upper layer of loam texture over another layer of weathered schist that confers tremendous elegance, minerality, and complexity to the wines. All of these vineyards are trellised to vertical shoot position and drip irrigated. The Carignan grapes come from the Maule Valley, where the soil is granitic-sandy and the climate is Coastal Mediterranean. The bush-trained vines were planted an average of 80–100 years ago and because there is no irrigation available in the area, they are dry farmed. 

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