Syrah tops Wines of Chile Awards

Syrah and cool climate styles triumphed at the ninth Annual Wines of Chile Awards 2012.

In total, 11 of the 17 trophies were awarded to wines from Chile’s cooler climate regions of Limarí, Elqui, San Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío.

Meanwhile the prize for Best In Show went to Viña Tamaya’s Winemaker’s Selection Syrah, also made in Limarí.

Among Chile’s less high profile styles, there was recognition for the country’s Riesling in the form of trophies for Casa Marin’s Miramar from San Antonio, and Concha y Toro’s Terrunyo Casablanca Riesling.

Another surprise came with the sparkling wine trophy, which went to the Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, made entirely from País grapes.

Chile’s more established wine regions were also rewarded, with Gillmore’s Hecedor del Mundo Cabernet Franc from Maule and Santa Ema’s Amplus Carignan from Cachapoal both winning trophies.

This year’s awards saw nine judges from nine different important Chilean export markets travel to Santiago for the tasting.

In addition to the UK’s representative Peter Richards MW, the panel included Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW from Singapore, Debra Meiburg MW from Hong Kong and Bill St John from the US.

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