Editors Blog: Jane Nisbet Huseby Monday 2 December 2013
One of the highlights of the year, Friday night was the finale of the Annual Wines of Chile Awards held in Santiago, Chile. A gathering of some of the major players in the Chilean wine industry, everyone was eager to find out the results from the competition, with this year´s judging panel composing of a 12 wine judges from North and South America.
Chile´s cool climate valleys rule the whites
There weren’t so many surprises among the white wines, however I am happy to see that Viña Morandé won the Best Sparkling wine award for their superb Brut Nature from the cool climate Casablanca valley. They are really leading the way along with Viña Valdivieso, for producing sparkling wine using Méthode Traditionelle in Chile – the same method that is used for Champagne. If you can source this wine, buy several bottles! Their production is very low, so it’s worth stocking up on a few cases if you can. The wines from the cool coastal valleys of Leyda (Lot 4 Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Viña Leyda and Amplus Chardonnay 2012) and San Antonio (Sauvignon Gris, Estero Vineyard 2013, Casa Marin) showed once again the quality of these are valleys, located only a few kilometers from the cool Pacific and less than 20 minutes drive between them.
Diversification of valleys for the reds
With the red wines, another San Antonio valley wine, this time from Cono Sur won the Best Pinot Noir award, while I was thrilled to see a Syrah from Casablanca (Syrah Pequeñas Producciones, Viña Casas del Bosque) winning the Best Syrah award. “Pequeñas producciones” means small productions in Spanish, we need to see more of this in Chile, and the Casablanca Valley, still has a lot of potential with its many micro-terroirs and local climatic conditions. The Best Cabernet Sauvignon Award went to one of my favourite´s – 1865 Single Vineyard from Viña San Pedro, a beautiful, juicy and sumptuous cabernet if every there was one. While the Best Red Blend (Vertice, Viña Ventisquero) came from the premium sub-valley of Apalta in the Colchagua Valley 300 km south of Santiago, the Best of Show and Best Premium Red went to the Chilean classic Don Maximiano (2011) from Viña Errazuriz located 100 km north of Santiago in the Aconcagua Valley. Congratulations to all the winners in this year’s Wines of Chile awards.
Here are the full results:
Best of the Show: Don Maximiano 2011,Viña Errazuriz, Aconcagua Valley.
White Wine & Sparkling Wine
Rosé & Red Wine
Best Late Harvest: Cosecha Noble 2012, Cono Sur, Bio Bio Valley
Where to purchase these wines:
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