The hotly-anticipated Trophy winners for the Annual Wines of Chile Awards 2013 have been revealed. During a glamorous awards ceremony on Thursday, January 10th, 18 trophies were awarded to wines that after a three-day blind tasting, the panel comprised of Asian and Chilean judges, thought were the best in category.
Some of the biggest names in the Chilean wine industry gathered for a sunset event in Las Terrazas de la Reina – high in the foothills of the Andes overlooking Santiago – where the trophy winners were announced.
The night’s greatest honor went to Viña Errazuriz as they were presented Best in the Show for their icon wine Don Maximiamo Founder’s Reserve 2010: a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Carmenere and Cabernet Franc.
Owner Eduardo Chadwick was on hand to collect the esteemed prize with his colleagues: “It’s really a great honor,” he said on receiving the award. “We are trying to show finesse and quality from Chile and our winemaker and team are key in doing that. Thank you for recognizing our efforts.”
The same wine also took away one of this year’s most coveted new trophies, Best Super Premium Red Wine. Meanwhile, the Best Super Premium White Wine went to Casa Marín’s Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
Two wines were awarded Best Value Trophies: Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc-Carmenere 2011 for Best Value Red, and Santa Carolina Reserva Moscato 2012 for Best Value White.
A further 15 trophies were awarded to the best wines in each category. Winery Cono Sur struck gold three times during the awards ceremony as it took away the Best Pinot Noir medal for its 20 Barrels 2010 and in an unlikely turn of events the winery also won two medals for the Best Syrah as both its 20 Barrels Syrah 2010 and Single Vineyard Syrah 2011 produced a tie in the blind tasting.
This year saw a record number of entries at 615 wines and also the highest number of medals in the Awards’ history: 10% receiving Gold medals, 28% receiving Silver and 41% receiving Bronze, resulting in an astonishing 79% of entrants receiving a medal. “The caliber was of a significantly higher quality,” said Mario Pablo Silva, Vice President of Wines of Chile, speaking at the event. “Our message of diversity is an accurate description of what Chile has to offer.”
For the tenth year of the Awards, a specialist panel of wine experts was selected from Japan, China, Korea and Chile were selected to blind taste the wines that entered the competition. Wines of Chile chose this landmark year of the Awards to focus on one of the country’s most important growing consumer markets – Asia.
“The tenth Annual Wines of Chile Awards is a symbol,” says Claudio Cilveti, Managing Director of Wines of Chile. “We need to give a bigger focus to Asia now. These judges are now our ambassadors in the market.”
Commenting on the record number of wines entered into this year’s contest, with a great diversity of varieties and regions. “This year has been a great show of wines,” added Cilveti. “The level of the wines has been much higher.”
The Trophy Winners in AWOCA 2013 are:
Best in Category Blend – Sideral 2009, Viña Altair S.A
Best in Category Cabernet Sauvignon – Arboleda 2010, Viña Arboleda
Best in Category Carmenere – Marchigue Private Collection 2011, Viñedos Marchigue
Best in Category Chardonnay – Aconcagua Costa 2011, Viña Errazuriz
Best in Category Late Harvest – Erasmo 2008, Viña la Reserva de Caliboro
Best in Category Pinot Noir – Cono Sur 20 Barrels 2010, Viña Cono Sur
Best in Category Sauvignon Blanc – Outer Limits 2011, Montes S.A.
Best in Category Syrah – Single Vineyard 2011, Viña Cono Sur
Best in Category Syrah – 20 Barrels 2010, Viña Cono Sur
Best in Category Other Red – Vigno Garcia Schwaderer 2009, Garcia & Schwaderer
Best in Category Other White – Reserva Moscato 2012, Santa Carolina
Best in Category Rose – Litoral Rosé of Pinot Noir 2012, Viña Ventolera S.A.
Best in Category Sparkling – Santa Digna Estelado 2012, Miguel Torres Chile
Best in Category Premium Red – Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2010, Viña Errazuriz
Best in Category Premium White – Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Viña Casa Marín
Best Value Red – Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc – Carmenere 2011, VIA Wines
Best Value White – Santa Carolina Reserva Moscato 2012, Santa Carolina
Best in the Show – Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2010, Viña Errazuriz