The results from this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards in the UK have just been released, and we are pleased to report that 18 Chilean wines made it onto the Gold List, which is no small feat. According to Imbibe Magazine, “the Sommelier Wine Awards is not just a celebration of medal-winning wines but also the most comprehensive assessment of trends and insight into the wine trade, seen from the perspective of the restaurant world”.
The Sommelier Wine Awards is a competition that focuses solely on wines for the UK on-trade industry; in fact, general high street distribution isn’t even accepted. Started in 2007 by Imbibe Magazine, this year eighty of Britain’s most highly-respected sommeliers and on-trade wine buyers gathered in London to judge 1,865 different wines. Only 40% of the wines submitted make it to the final round where they have the possibility of receiving medals, and then on to the final cut for the Gold List.
The Gold List is a list of wines that, according to the consensus of the professionals, could be featured in a real restaurants. It’s a power list of the versatile, balanced, and potentially palatable wines that any sommelier would consider for their business. This becomes a go-to key for restaurants, bars and hotels, because they know that anything on the list is well worth their investment. The wines are judged based upon their food compatibility, versatility, typicity, personality, and value for money, which results in a very well-balanced set that is perfect for industry use.
With a total of 68 awards and 18 wines making for the Gold List, this provides notable recognition for these Chilean wineries within the UK On-Trade community. However, the judges commented that they were far from blown away by Chile’s performance. ¨A decent medal haul for this category, plenty of safe wines and good prices, but could they have done better?¨ The judges felt that there were not sufficient Chilean wines with character or personality represented in this year’s competition and they encourage more wineries to submit their wines next year.
The general consensus was that Chile performed as expected and nothing more, although there were exceptions to this opinion including Caliterra’s Tributo Edición Limitada Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Viognier which scored very well.
Here at Wine Source Chile we know that Chilean vineyards have a lot more to offer the on-trade with some fantastic wines showing real character and we will be doing our best during the next year to have more wineries participating in this important UK based competition.
Here are the results from Wine Source Chile featured vineyards who made it to the Gold List. We send them a warm congratulation!
To read more about Chile’s participation in recent wine competitions, follow the link below: