Last night the Award winners were announced at the eleventh edition of the Annual Wines of Chile Awards. Following a blind tasting of over 657 wines – more than any other year in its running – a panel of 12 international judges from the Americas gave wines gold, silver and bronze medals and selected the best wines in the competition. This year saw a record high in gold awards, with 93 wines given the accolade, and an all time high of almost half of the wines tasted scoring a silver medal (322 wines in total). All the tasting was done completely blind to maintain full objectivity, and as always with blind tastings some results came as quite a surprise.
The most coveted prize, the Best Wine in the Show, went to Viña Errazuriz’s Don Maximiano 2011, a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The wine also took home the Best Premium Red Wine category prize, and its popularity this year proves that this wine has stood the test of time as it won both of the same awards in AWOCA 2012 when it was also chosen through blind tasting by an all-Asian panel.
The Best Premium White Wine went to Casa Marin for their unique Sauvignon Gris, Estero Vineyard 2013, which is one of the few wines of this variety in Chile and was a clear favorite with the judges in the tasting. The other white wines to steal the show were Santa Ema’s Amplus Chardonnay, Leyda’s Lot 4 Sauvignon Blanc and Cono Sur’s Single Vineyard Reisling for each of their prospective categories.
The sought after Best Cabernet Sauvignon and Best Carmenere went to Viña San Pedro’s 1865 Single Vineyard and Viña Caliterra’s Tributo respectively, and the Best Red Blend was taken home by Viña Ventisquero’s Vertice. Garcia & Schwaderer’s Vigno Carignan once again won the award for Best Other Red Variety following last year’s success in the same category, and Cono Sur also repeated last year’s success by winning Best Pinot Noir another year in a row, this time for their Single Vineyard Pinot Noir (last year 20 Barrels won).
It was a triumphant night for Cono Sur who also took the trophy for the Best Late Harvest wine for their Cosecha Noble, giving them three category wins in the awards. The Best Syrah went to Viña Casas del Bosque’s Pequeñas Producciones; Best Rose to Viña Anakena’s ENCO Special Reserve; and finally Best Sparkling Wine to Viña Morande’s Brut Nature.
The awards were presented at the annual AWOCA conference and the prize giving was also combined with the annual gala evening for Wines of Chile on Thursday 28th November.
By Amanda Barnes
- Best of the Show: Viña Errazuriz’s Don Maximiano 2011
- Best Premium Red: Viña Errazuriz’s Don Maximiano 2011
- Best Premium White: Casa Marin Sauvignon Gris, Estero Vineyard 2013
- Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Viña San Pedro’s 1865 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011. 93 points.
- Best Carmenere: Viña Caliterra’s Tributo Carmenere, 2011. 91 points.
- Best Chardonnay: Santa Ema’s Amplus Chardonnay, 2012. 92 points.
- Best Late Harvest: Cono Sur’s Cosecha Noble from Bio Bio, 2012. 91 points.
- Best Other Reds: Garcia & Schwaderer’s Vigno Carignan, 2011. 92 points.
- Best Other Whites: Cono Sur’s Single Vineyard Reisling, 2012. 91 points.
- Best Pinot Noir: Cono Sur’s Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2012. 92 points.
- Best Red Blend: Viña Ventisquero’s Vertice, 2010. 92 points.
- Best Rosé: Viña Anakena’s ENCO Special Reserve, 2012. 91 points.
- Best Sauvignon Blanc: Leyda’s Lot 4 Sauvignon Blanc, 2013. 92 points.
- Best Sparkling Wine: Viña Morande’s Brut Nature, 2009. 91 points.
- Best Syrah: Viña Casas del Bosque’s Pequeñas Producciones, 2012. 92 points.