Viña Undurraga closed out its trip to ExpoVinis São Paulo, Brazil, on a high note when their wine T.H. (Terroir Hunter) from acclaimed enologist Rafael Urrejola was chosen as the best white wine from the New World.
ExpoVinis is one of the world’s most recognized international wine fairs, and in many ways it sets the standard and serves as a guide for executives seeking the best wines to sell throughout Brazil. Over 200 wineries participated, hailing from 25 countries across Latin America, Europe, Oceania and Africa. From the countless varietals, judges chose the Top 10 wines of the fair, one for each of the following categories: Rosé, National Red Wine, New World Red Wine, Old World Red Wine, Sparkling National Wine, Imported Sparkling Wine, New World White Wine, Old World White Wine, National White Wine, and Sweet and Fortified. It was in this competition that Viña Undurraga’s wine T.H. was honored with the Best Wine Award for white wine from the New World.
The honored wine is a very fresh, aromatic and intense Sauvignon Blanc from Lo Abarca Valley, 2011 harvest, influenced by the vineyard’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean. It boasts mature citrus aromas including limes and tangerines, which mix with hints of fennel, honey, a subtle earthy tone and a faint scent of gunpowder. The result is a broad and structured wine on the palate, with a sharp acidity and notes of salt, stone, and an underlying minerality, responsible for its enduring taste and character.
For Rafael Urrejola, the vineyard’s enologist responsible for the T.H. line of wines, it’s a great honor: “We were very hopeful going into this expo. The competition was very tough, as there were tremendous wines coming from Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and New Zealand. To be chosen as the best white wine is a great honor and an achievement not only for our team at Viña Undurraga, but for Chilean wine in general.”
The international team of judges responsible for choosing the Top 10 included Luis Lopes, the Portuguese founder and director of Wine Magazine, and Andrés Rosberg, president of the Argentine Association of Sommeliers. Brazilian judges included Jorge Carrara (of the Prazeres da Mesa magazine and Basilico website), José María Santana (Sabor magazine), Gustavo Andrade de Paulo (SP-ABS), and José Luis Borges Alvim (ABS-SP), among others.