Salud! South American wines have an outstanding year at the International Wine Challenge 2016
The South American wine industry received a massive boost today, with a flurry of wines from Argentina and Chile awarded Gold medals by the International Wine Challenge 2016, the world’s most prestigious wine competition.
- Argentina secured a whopping 11 Gold medals, as well as a further 79 Silver medals and 116 Bronze medals, bringing its medal tally to 206. A total of 337 medals were awarded to wines from neighbouring Chile, including 9 Golds, 109 Silvers and 219 Bronzes.
- Red wine with a South American flavour proved a hit with the IWC judges. All of Argentina’s Gold medals went to red wines, and seven of Chile’s nine Gold medals won by reds.
- An impressive nine Gold medals were awarded to Argentine Malbecs, the majority produced in the Mendoza region. Viña Cobos secured a pair of Gold medals for the region, with its Bramare Rebron Vineyard Malbec 2013 and its Bramare Valle de Uco Malbec 2013. Mendoza-based vineyard Trapiche also won two Gold medals, for its Trapiche Terror Series Finca Ambrosia 2011 and its Iscay Malbec/Cabernet France 2011, a Malbec/Cabernet Franc blend.
- Malbec produced in Salta and San Juan also picked up top prizes. Salta vineyard El Esteco took a Gold medal for its Serie Fincas Notables Malbec 2013. Fincas Las Moras from the Pedernal Valley in San Juan also received a Gold for its Mora Negra 2013.
- Two Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon wines were awarded Gold medals. Alambrado Gran Selección Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 from Familia Zuccardi, and Dedicado 2014 by Finca Flichman, a Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend, both impressed the judges and secured Golds.
- Neighbouring Chile impressed the judges across a broader range of styles. Seven red wines won Gold medals, including three Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, three Syrahs, and a single Carmenere. Two Chilean wine producers also took home Gold medals for their white wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Chardonnay.
- Producer Viña Undurraga won three Gold medals for Chile, the highest-scoring producer. Altrazo 2012, a blended red produced in the producer’s Maipo Valley vineyards was awarded a Gold medal. There were two further Gold medals from its Terroir Hunter range, the T.H Syrah Leyda 2013 and the T.H Sauvignon Blanc Lo Abarca 2014, one of only two Chilean white wines to win Gold.
- The other Chilean white wine to strike Gold at the competition was the Sumaq Chardonnay Reserva 2015 by Viña Maycas del Limari.
- Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: http://www.internationalwinechallenge.com
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“South America has had an incredible year of success at the International Wine Challenge 2016. We tasted world class Malbecs from Argentina, and some delicious Chilean reds from several different grapes. The pair of Chilean white wines that struck Gold were also outstanding. The wines from these two countries just gets better and better every year.”
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