The blind tasting of 200 wines were taken from New World and Old World wine producing countries and tasted by a panel of Masters of Wine and wine experts on 8 May 2014. Chilean Cabernet performed very well in all the categories and was the second most awarded country in the competition, taking away 4 Gold Medals, 13 Silver medals and 24 Bronze medals (in total Chile took 29% of all the medals awarded!)
“This was a tremendous result for Chile, hot on the heals from a fantastic success at the Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters, Chile proves that Cabernet is King by consistently producing great styles, superb quality, outstanding wines that win accolades,” said Anita Jackson, from Wines of Chile UK. “Cabernet Sauvignon has truly found it’s home in Chile.”
“You can find fantastic value in Chile, which has a lot to recommend it,” said Sebastian Payne MW of The Wine Society who was on the judging panel, alongside other Masters of Wine Demetri Walters MW, Justin Knock MW, Hugo Rose MW and Mark Savage MW.
“Cabernet Sauvignon represents Chile’s history with wine, it is by far the most important grape for our country,” commented Claudio Cilveti, Director of Wines of Chile. “Since 1850 it has given us a spine for development and we have arrived to many dinner tables around the world showing the quality which is expressed in a very clear way with this grape. This result shows that Chile is a strategic player in the world.”
Gold Medals went to Cono Sur for their Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Viña Terramater for the Terramater Altum, Vina Terranoble for Terranoble Reserva Terroir, and Santa Rita Estates for Santa Rita Medalla Real.
Silver medals went to: Mont Gras Montgras Ninquén; Viña Canepa Magnifcvm; Errázuriz Don Maximiano; Viña Mistamar Vistamar Sepia Reserva; Viña Siegel Single Vineyards; Viña Valdivieso Valdivieso Single Valley Lot; Carolina Wine Brands Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard; Viña Morandé Morandé Gran Reserva; Santa Rita Estates Nativa Gran Reserva; Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera; Viña Terramater Terramater Limited Reserve; and Santa Rita Estates Casa Real.
Bronze medals went to: Viña Los Boldos Chateau Los Boldos; Santa Rita Estates Carmen Gold Reserva; Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco; Viña Los Boldos Momentos Reserve; Viña Los Boldos Chateau Los Boldos, Cuvée Tradition; Carolina Wine Brands Santa Carolina Gran Reserva; Viña Pérez Cruz Pircas de Liguai; La Motte Wine Estate La Motte; Viña Terranoble Terranoble Gran Reserva; Viña Valdivieso Valdivieso Single Vineyard; Viña Pérez Cruz Perez Cruz Limited Edition; MontGras Properties MontGras Reserva; Viña Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva; Cono Sur 20 Barrels; Viña Maipo Protegido; Errázuriz Don Maximiano; Bisquertt Ecos de Rulo; Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha; Viña Maipo Gran Devoción Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah; Viña Maipo Vitral; Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Reserva; Viña Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva; Viña Canepa Finisimo; and Viña Canepa Novisimo.
You can see the full results here: http://www.thedrinksbusiness.