As part of Wines of Chile’s Annual Trade Tasting, well-known Master of Wine, BBC personality and wine journalist Peter Richards delivered a very special seminar on Chilean terroir in London, United Kindom on September 13.
The exciting seminar covered “off-the-radar” Chilean wines, introducing wines made from vines planted in extreme or unique zones of Chile.
Tasted wines included two Sauvignon Blancs, two Pinot Noirs, and two other varieties.
The distinct nature of the seminar is best described from a quote shown on one of Richards’ presentation slides:
‘To make a great wine, the following things are necessary: a madman to grow the vines, a wise man to control the madman, an artist to make the wine, a connoisseur to drink it – and a poet to recount its glories.”
Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to taste radically different terroirs in the following wines, which represented Chile’s powerful and diverse landscape for the London audience:
*Viña Ribera del Lago, Laberinto Cenizas Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Maule
*Calyptra Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009, Cachapoal
*Sol de Sol, Pinot Noir, 2010, Malleco
*Montsecano, Pinot Noir, 2010, Casablanca
*De Martino Viejas Tinajas, Cinsault, 2011, Itata
*Ayllu, 2011, Salar de Atacama
The event took place at Lords Cricket Ground’s J.P. Morgan Media Centre, a famous London landmark and sports venue.