Chile Continues Medal-Mining at IWC with a record number of awards in the 26th International Wine Challenge 2009.
Following 2 weeks of rigorous tastings in which 370 international judges evaluated 9500 wines from 41 countries, the 2009 International Wine Challenge has drawn to a close and the winners have been announced.
Chilean wines performed extremely well as nearly 75% of the 646 participating wines received recognition for their quality. Eleven trophies were awarded to 8 wines (see list below), and this year’s 22 gold medals more than doubles the 10 earned last year. The award harvest also reaped 88 Silver Medals, 163 Bronze, and 194 Commendations.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab-based blends continue to lead the pack with the highest number of awards (97), followed by 70 for Syrah/Shiraz and 60 for Carmenere. In whites, Sauvignon Blanc topped Chardonnay by 65 to 57.
With respect to the regions represented, Colchagua earned a whopping 83 awards, followed by Casablanca with 65. In general, the newer, cool-climate valleys did quite well with a total of 77 awards going to wines from the Elqui, Limarí, Coquimbo, San Antonio, Leyda, and BioBio Valleys.
The 2009 IWC Awards Dinner will be held at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London on Wednesday, September 2, 2009.
Special congratulations go out to the following outstanding trophy winners:
Chilean White Trophy & Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Trophy:
* Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Chilean Red Trophy & Chilean Syrah Trophy & San Antonio Valley Trophy
* Matetic Vineyards EQ Syrah 2007
International Carmenere Trophy
* Viña Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2006
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy
* Viña Luis Felipe Edwards Doña Bernarda 2006
Colchagua Valley Malbec Trophy
* Viu Manent Malbec Single Vineyard El Olivar 2007
Elqui Valley Trophy
* Viña Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007
Colchagua Valley Trophy
* Viñedos Emiliana Novas Carmenere / Cabernet 2007
Maule Valley Trophy
* Via Wines Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2006
Click here to download a complete list of Chile’s 2009 IWC Award Winners (Excel)