Cool climate Syrah, Riesling and Pais on winning form at the 9th Annual Wines of Chile Awards
The results of the 9th Annual Wines of Chile Awards were announced on Friday.
Syrah from the now not so new northern cool climate regions of Limarí, Elqui are continuing to make waves as they did when I judged in 2008.
Viña Tamaya’s Winemaker’s Selection Syrah 2010 (Limarí Valley) landed the Best in Show trophy and Viña Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Syrah 2009 (Limarí Valley) and Viña Mayu Syrah Reserva 2009 (Elqui Valley) also won trophies.
And taking Syrah out of the equation, cool climate wines still came up trumps. Wines from Limarí, Elqui, San Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío scooped 11 of the 17 trophies.
Interestingly, Riesling rather than Sauvignon Blanc performed best of the whites and I doubt anyone ever imagined that the humble (traditional) Pais grape would scoop a trophy! Perhaps the clue is in the name of its maker – Miguel Torres, whose Santa Digna Estelado Rosé won the Sparkling trophy.
The winners of this year’s Annual Wines of Chile Awards are:
•Best in category Sparkling: Santa Digna Estelado Miguel Torres Chile 2010
•Best in category Sauvignon Blanc: Reserva Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Elqui Valley, Viña San Pedro
•Best in category Chardonnay: Tamaya Chardonnay Reserva 2010, Limarí Valley, Viña Tamaya
•Best in category Other Whites: Casa Marin Riesling Miramar Vineyard 2009, San Antonio Valley, Viña Casa Marin
•Best in category Other Whites: Terrunyo Riesling 2011, Casablanca Valley, Viña Concha y Toro
•Best in category Rose: Leyda Loica Vineyard Pinot Noir – Rose 2010, San Antonio Valley, Viña Leyda
•Best in category Pinot Noir: T.H. Pinot Noir Leyda 2010, San Antonio Valley, Viña Undurraga
•Best in category Syrah 1: Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Syrah 2009, Limarí Valley, Viña Cono Sur
•Best in category Syrah 2: Mayu Syrah Reserva 2009, Elqui Valley, Viña Mayu
•Best In Category Syrah: Tamaya Winemaker’s Selection Syrah 2010, Limarí Valley, Viña Tamaya
•Best In Category Carmenere: Doña Dominga Gran Reserva Andes Vineyard Carmenere 2010, Colchagua Valley, Viña Casa Silva
•Best In Category Cabernet Sauvignon: Gran Araucano Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Colchagua Valley, Viña Hacienda Araucano
•Best In Category Red Blend: Tamaya MCS Reserva 2010, Limarí Valley, Viña Tamaya
•Best In Category Other Reds: Gillmore Hacedor De Mundos Cabernet Franc 2008, Maule Valley, Viña Gillmore
•Best In Category Other Reds: Amplus Carignan 2009, Cachapoal Valley, Viña Santa Ema
•Best In Category Late Harvest: Cono Sur Cosecha Noble 2010, Bio Bio Valley, Viña Cono Sur
•Best Value White: Reserva Castillo De Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Elqui Valley, Viña San Pedro
•Best Value Red: Porta Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Aconcagua Valley, Viña Porta
•Best Wine In Show: Tamaya Winemaker’s Selection Syrah 2010, Limarí Valley, Viña Tamaya