Tim Atkin MW: “This is the best selection of Chilean wines I ever tasted”

For the fifth version of his annual report, the renowned expert tasted 1,142 labels. He highlighs the high quality of the wines, with 119 samples that received more than 95 points

Atkin praises how Chilean winemakers have developed their confidence: “they know their wines can compete with the very best in the world”.

Renowned British author Tim Atkin MW announced the launch of his report Chile 2021. Unlike the previous editions, this time he was unable to travel to Chile due to current travel restrictions. However, distance was not an impediment to carry out his annual report, for which he tasted the samples at his home in London, making 51 video calls with the winemakers. Despite the change in methodology, the result was more than positive, delivering the highest scores recorded.

Tim Atkin MW

Atkin starts saying this line-up was the best he’s ever tasted from Chile, denoting several reasons for this statement. He acknowledges a new sense of self-confidence in national winemakers, which has led them to expand the geographical frontiers of Chilean viticulture, giving Chile “an enviable diversity”. He concludes that “the superior quality of the 2018 vintage has taken their fine wines to new levels” and argues that national whites are “reaching unprecedented quality standards.”

Atkin states that Chile’s challenge is “to get rid of their image of lower value wines” and show consumers the evolution that has taken place in the last decade.

Angélica Valenzuela, Commercial Director of Wines of Chile, highlighted that “Tim emphasizes the great quality of our wines, also recognizing the audacity of our winemakers, in their search for extreme wines, expanding frontiers with passion and professionalism. His review is the honest testimony of a experienced journalist, an expert who knows us deeply ”.

AWARDS

The report highlights the best wines and winemakers. His podium recognizes the talent of Marcelo Retamal as Winemaker of the Year, for his work at Viña De Martino and Viñedos de Alcohuaz . The Oenological Legend recognition goes to Felipe de Solminihac, from Viña Aquitania, while Roberto Henríquez is awarded as Young Winemaker of the Year.

Here are all the awards:

Winemaker of the Year – Marcelo Retamal , De Martino and Viñedos de Alcohuaz

Young Winemaker of the Year – Roberto Henríquez

Winemaking Legend – Felipe de Solminihac, Viña Aquitania

Viticulturist of the Year – Héctor Rojas, Tabalí

Overall Red Wine of the Year – 2018, Chadwick Vineyard , Puente Alto

Overall White Wine of the Year – 2019, Errázuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa

Rosé of the Year – 2020, Tabalí Pedregoso Rosé de Pinot Noir, Limarí Valley

Sparkling Wine of the Year – 2016, La Roncière Selva Oscura Extra Brut, Malleco Valley  

Sweet Wine of the Year – 2013, Morandé Golden Harvest Limited Edition , Casablanca Valley

White Wine Discovery of the Year – 2019, Laberinto Trumao Sur, Colbún

Red Wine Discovery of the Year – 2018, PS García Pinot Noir, Malleco Valley

Sparkling Discovery of the Year – 2015, Undurraga Titillum Millésime , Leyda Valley

Value Red Wine of the Year – 2019, Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Value White Wine of the Year – 2019, Cousiño Macul Isidora Riesling, Maipo Valley

Value Rosé of the Year – 2020, Viña Aromo Cuatro Vientos Rosé, Maule Valley

Value Sparkling of the Year – NV Undurraga Long Play Brut Volume I, Leyda Valley

Value Sweet of the Year – 2019, Casas del Bosque Noble Late Harvest Riesling, Casablanca Valley

The report is available for download at timatkin.com. The website offers a series of detailed regional reports and a series of articles by regular contributors, such as Margaret Rand, Celia Bryan-Brown, and Christy Canterbury MW, among others. 

At the end of his report, Tim includes portraits of all the winemakers whose wines he tasted. Here’s a sample:

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