particularly well in this year’s Wines of Chile Awards announced last Thursday
night. Viña Tamaya, MCA Winemaker’s
Selection Syrah 2010 Limarí won the Best in Show trophy, while trophies also
went to Viña Mayu Syrah 2009 Elqui
Valley and Cono Sur, 20 Barrels Limited
Edition Syrah 2010 Limarí.
Of the 17 trophies
awarded by the nine judges from nine different countries (listed below), all of
11 went to wines grown in the country’s cooler regions: Limarí, Elqui, San
Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío.
Perhaps even less
expectedly, Riesling won two trophies, in the form of Casa Marin, Miramar Riesling 2009 San Antonio and Concha y Toro, Terrunyo Riesling 2011 Casablanca,
but perhaps the biggest surprise was that the Sparkling Wine trophy went to Miguel Torres, Santa Digna Estelado Rosé
2010, made entirely from País grapes. Trophies also went to traditional
wines from Chile’s oldest regions and re-emerging grape varieties: Gillmore, Hecedor del Mundo Cabernet Franc
2008 Maule and Santa Ema, Amplus Carignan 2009 Cachapoal.
The trophy for Best
Value White was won by a wine from the country’s northernmost wine region, San Pedro, Castillo de Molina Reserva Sauvignon
Blanc 2011 Elqui Valley.
Trophies also went to
Undurraga, T H Pinot Noir 2010 San
Antonio, Viña Porta Reserva Cabernet
Sauvignon 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Colchagua (Best Value Red) and Viña
Leyda, Loica Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2010 San Antonio. Casa Silva’s
pioneering work with Carmenere was recognised as Casa Silva, Doña Dominga, Andes Vineyard Reserva Carmenere 2010
Colchagua collected the trophy for Chile’s own grape variety. The cool,
southernmost Bío Bío region was recognised by the Late Harvest award for Cono Sur, Cosecha Noble 2010 Bío Bío.
international judges at the Ninth Annual Wines of Chile Awards were:
Peter Richards MW – UK
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW – Singapore
Mai Tjemsland MW – Norway
Debra Meiburg MW – Hong Kong
Marcelo Copello – Brazil
Bill St John – United States
Bengt-Göran Kronstam – Sweden
Patricio Tapia – Chile
Anthony Gismondi – Canada