Gold rush: Chile sweeps up awards at International Wine Challenge
344 Chilean wines awarded medals at 31st annual International Wine Challenge
Chilean winemakers demonstrated star quality at the 2014 International Wine Challenge with a staggering 344 medals being awarded by the world-renowned competition.
- Ten Chilean Reds wowed the judges and were awarded Gold medals, including the 2012 Casillero del Diablo Carmenere from Concha y Toro SA vineyard in the Rapel Valley. The oldest red to pick up a Gold medal was the 2008 vintage Alfa Centauri from Bodegas y Vinedos O Fournier
- The Chilean white to strike Gold at the competition was the 2013 Cono Sur Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc from Viña Cono Sur S.A which retails at around £9.00
- Chilean wines impressed the judges across a range of styles. Much-coveted Gold medals went to wines made from eleven different grapes, including Cabernet Franc, Carignan, Pinot Noir Syrah and Merlot. Four medals were awarded to wines made from Carménère. This grape, originally planted in Bordeaux, is now thriving in Chile, with more than 9,000 hectares cultivated in Chile’s Central Valley
- Wines from the Maule Valley region, famous for its Cabernet, Carignan and Carménère varieties, performed very well. Five wines from the region won Gold medals, including the 2011 Undurraga Vigno by Viña Undurraga. The vineyard also struck Gold with its 2011 Terrior Hunter Syrah Leyda
- This year the IWC hosted two separate tasting events for the first time, Tranche 1 in November 2013 and Tranche 2 in April 2014, to accommodate the different production and sales schedules across the industry, and give winemakers two different moments in the year to enter their wines
Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“We saw some tremendous Chilean reds at the competition this year. The Gold medal winners from the Maule Valley particularly impressed the judges, and the region is building an international reputation of excellence. It was also wonderful to see a Chilean white get a Gold. The 2013 Cono Sur Reserva Especial Sauvignon Blanc is brilliant value at £9.”
“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”
“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.
Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners: www.internationalwinechallenge.com