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9th AWoCA Press Release

 

But the star of the show was Syrah – and it was Viña Tamaya’s Winemaker’s Selection Syrah 2010 from Limarí that landed the trophy BEST IN SHOW. Two other Syrahs took trophies – Viña Mayu in the Elqui Valley and the Cono Sur Limarí Syrah.

Riesling was another winner this year as Casa Marin’s Miramar from San Antonio, and Concha y Toro’s Terrunyo Casablanca Riesling both won trophies. To add to the surprises on the night, the Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, made entirely from País grapes, won the Sparkling trophy. Traditional wine making in some of Chile’s oldest regions, such as Maule and Cachapoal, was rewarded as Gillmore’s Hacedor de Mundos Cabernet Franc and Santa Ema’s Amplus Carignan both took home trophies for wines from grape varieties that are re-emerging in Chile to great effect.

Much attention recently has focussed on Chile’s Sauvignon Blanc from the cool coastal regions such as Leyda, but it was the extreme northerly Elqui Valley that stole the show with the San Pedro Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 winning the trophy and Best Value White.

Trophies on the night also went to Undurraga for their Leyda T.H. Pinot Noir, Viña Porta’s and Hacienda Araucano’s Cabernet Sauvignons, and Viña Leyda’s Pinot Noir Rosé. Casa Silva’s pioneering work with Carmenere has been recognised as their Doña Dominga Andes Vineyard wine collected the Carmenere trophy. The cool Bío Bío region got in on the act when Cono Sur’s Cosecha Noble won the Late Harvest award.

The international judges at the 9th Annual Wines of Chile Awards were:

  • Peter Richards MW – United Kingdom
  • Lisa Perrott—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

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 AntonioValley, 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, LimaríValley, 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

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