This year Chile beat off fierce competition from old rivals New Zealand, France, and South Africa to win the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Sauvignon Blanc Trophy.
Viña Cono Sur‘s 20 Barrels Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from the cool-climate Casablanca Valley stole the show and was voted the Best Sauvignon Blanc in the competition.
Michael Cox, Director – Europe, Wines of Chile, said, “We are delighted with this result. We have known for a long time that Chile’s cool climate vineyards are perfect for top quality, elegant Sauvignon Blancs and this award will help show consumers and trade buyers that Chile is right up there with the more traditional Sauvignon Blanc leaders. Well done Cono Sur and all the wineries that are putting Chile firmly on the Sauvignon Blanc map.”
Chile won 358 medals in total including 5 Gold Best in Class awards. Terraustral picked up the IWSC Carmenere Trophy for PKNT Gold Carmenere Reserve 2009.
The formal IWSC Awards Dinner will take place at London’s Guildhall on the 16 November 2011, where the final trophies will be announced. These will include Chilean Producer of the Year for which the following have been nominated:
- Viña Cono Sur
- Viña Pérez Cruz
- Viñedos Emiliana SA
- Viña Carmen
A full list of IWSC results can be found at www.iwsc.net/results.