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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > NEW WORLD: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux blends: Chile

Winner Details

New World: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux blends,  Chile


2015: Gold 4 Silver 5 Bronze 10 Commended 15
2014: Gold 3 Silver 7 Bronze 4 Commended 9


If the Chileans wanted to scotch the reputation of being value-for-money meisters par excellence, they didn’t do themselves any favours here. We got a huge number of serviceable sub-£9 wines sent in, some which truly shone, almost nothing between £10 and £15 (suggesting the Chileans themselves aren’t that confident about their ability to deliver here), and a handful of more top-end wines.

While the quality of the medal-winners speak for themselves, overall, it was an OK performance, but probably not enough to make doubters revisit their opinions of the country.

FOOTNOTE: Includes wines where Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot is the main variety, plus Bordeaux blends.


From the Tasting Teams


‘The Maipo wines all seemed very similar. If we’d mixed them up and retasted them I think we’d have struggled to tell them apart.’ Nigel Sutcliffe, Truffle Hunting

‘From £16 on we started to show well. The good ones had freshness and really nice fruit, and the alcohol wasn’t out of balance.’ Gustavo Medina, Rex Whistler Restaurant

‘When someone asks for something big, there are other, more balanced wines that I’d turn to.’
Sarah Riddle, Sketch

Award winners

Found 34 wines

New World: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Bordeaux Blends: Chile

Concha y Toro, Reservado, Merlot 2014, Central Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

A breath of fresh air to kick off the Chilean Golds in this popular section. 'Pleasant, soft, appealing nose, with plums and dark cherries. An easy-drinking wine,' said Sarah Guignard of The French Table, while team leader Jade Koch added: ‘Green eucalypt aromas, juicy and fresh on the palate with pure fruit and balanced body.’ ‘Dark cherry, smooth tasting; a clean and rich style,’ concluded Michael Moore of Room 24.

£5.33 Viña Concha y Toro

Santa Rita, Casa Real, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Maipo Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

The earthy and smoky notes add a welcome third dimension to this wine's intensity. 'Very powerful with high levels of tannin and concentration,' said Maxwell Allwood of Alimentum. ‘Lively, zingy fruit in an appetising style, good structure and balance of warmth with savoury, earthy, vanilla character,’ said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering. ‘Serious and structured, with fine-grained tannins and the potential to last,’ added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£21.49 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Santa Rita, Gran Hacienda, Reserva Cabernet 2011, Maipo Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner By the glass

Evocative aromas, a textured palate and a great price, gave this a By The Glass trophy as well as Gold. ‘A more restrained style, with good structure and balance, still a big wine but tangy fruit is appealing, with decent length,’ said Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering. 'Blackurrant and violets on the nose, this has nice fine tannins, and a bitter coffee finish,' said Maxwelll Allwood of Alimentum, suggesting venison haunch as a food match.

£7.33 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Apaltagua, Tutunjian Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Curicó Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

A wine that inspired with its distinctively rich flavour profile. ‘Deep, liquorice, chocolate and liqueur-like aromas, followed by a big, generous, complex blackcurrant fruit palate,’ began Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House, with team leader Jade Koch noting: ‘Fresh English mint, savoury tomato and drying, refreshing tannins with bright hints of orange zest,' and Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel adding 'Good structure with dark developed fruit and wood spice.'

£8.75 Barton, Brownsdon & Sadler

Errazuriz, 1870, Merlot 2013, Curicó Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Long, warm nose with smoky notes, coffee and spice, followed by a full, red and black fruit compote palate,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House, with Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott noting: ‘Rich, complex and spicy notes of coffee, dry and rich palate with good tannins.’

£7.45 Hatch Mansfield

Indómita, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Good wine, with dark fruit, slight hints of forest floor and herbaceous notes, with lots of power for the price and an enjoyable finish,’ said Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Gilbert Scott, with Sarah Riddle of Sketch adding: ‘Spiced and tarry, resin fruit flavours with bitter coffee notes and a fresh, heady finish.’

£7.10 Alliance Wine

Valdivieso, Caballo Loco, Grand Cru, Apalta 2012, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Black fruit and cigar smoke with herbal, mineral notes on the nose, very complex and full bodied, with a spicy, alcoholic, ripe palate,’ said Mike Best of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, with James Hocking of The Vineyard Group noting: ‘Super-ripe fruit, good balance and nice weight.’

£16.88 Bibendum

Santa Alicia, Millantu 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘The nose shows big alcohol with smoky tobacco and mushroom notes, but good acidity and balance,’ said Carlos Ferreira of New Street Wine Shop, with Giancarlo Cuccuru of The Gilbert Scott noting: ‘Blackberry and menthol notes with some intensity and finesse.’

£19.20 Myliko Wines

Concha y Toro, Frontera, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Minty but not heady on the nose, very sweet and juicy with great blackcurrant fruit and drying tannin, in a refreshing style,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Paolo Pivato of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa adding: ‘Smoky hints, dark chocolate and a nice fruity aftertaste.’

£5.53 Viña Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro, Sunrise, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Plum, blackberry/blackcurrant with a nice touch of ripeness, smoky notes and freshness at the back of the palate,’ began Angelo Casali of Duck & Rice, concluding: ‘Well balanced between acidity and juicy tannins.’

£6.03 Viña Concha y Toro

Concha y Toro, Sunrise, Merlot 2014, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Rich and spicy nose with notes of chocolate and coffee, a rich palate with fine tannins and spicy cinnamon and coffee notes on a long finish,’ said Riccardo Guzzardo of The Gilbert Scott. ‘Herbaceous, mellow and rounded, with rich red fruit and balanced tannin, a little austere,’ added Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House.

£6.03 Viña Concha y Toro

Santa Rita, Gran Hacienda, Merlot 2013, Central Vallery, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Sweet, summer fruit nose with notes of rose petal and honey on the aftertaste,’ began Michael Moore of Room 24, while Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House noted: ‘Mellow fruit with coffee notes, nice juicy fruit and quite high tannin, but makes for good drinkability.’

£5.93 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Errazuriz, 1870, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Savoury character on the nose, but hints of ripe fruit are showing through, with ripe raspberries, balanced tannins and spice on the palate,’ said Oscar Miller of Vinoteca King's Cross, with team leader Natasha Hughes MW noting: ‘Savoury, smoky red fruit, rounded and generous style.’

£7.45 Hatch Mansfield

Undurraga, Founders Collection, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Maipo Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Deeply chocolatey, coffee backbone holding unctuous fruits and mulberry with tobacco leaf in this display of a friendly, easy and attractive Chilean red,’ said Sarah Riddle of Sketch. ‘Soft, squashy red and black fruits with some sweet spice and tobacco leaf,’ added team leader Tom Forrest.

£20.00 González Byass

Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagaua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Nice modern style, über-clean, with crunchy red cherry and cranberry on the nose,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, with Jonathan Kleeman of The Ritz Hotel adding: ‘Structure and fruit with strong but smooth tannins and a French oak elegance.’

£10.00 Liberty Wines

Alto de Casablanca, Veramonte, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Ripe fruit with a touch of spice and notes of vanilla, good length for a decent by-the-glass wine,’ began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, with Enikő Heidenwolf of Bread Street Kitchen adding: ‘Fruity, spicy nose with a little mint, more spice on the palate. Very good.’

£7.70 Matthew Clark

Valdivieso, Caballo Loco, Grand Cru, Maipo 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Perfumed, scented aromas with dense redcurrants on a chalky-textured palate, nicely balanced,’ began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, with Andrea Fasan of La Petite Maison noting: ‘Compact, deep nose with juicy, deep wild berry fruit and good persistence.’

£16.88 Bibendum

Concha y Toro, Frontera, Merlot 2014, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Soy, blueberry and red plum aromas with smoky capsicum, juicy, round and approachable on the palate, with good typicity,’ said team leader Natasha Hughes MW, with Angelo Casali of Duck & Rice adding: ‘Blackberry, cherry aromas, bright, plummy fruit freshness.’

£5.53 Viña Concha y Toro

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Merlot 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Inky deep, lovely nose of dark berry fruit compote with smoky notes and spicy kicks, luscious blueberry and mulberry fruit on the palate with spice and gorgeous length,’ said team leader Angela Reddin, with Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth also noting the 'toasted notes of chocolate on the finish’.

£8.30 10 International, Matthew Clark

Carmen, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Vistamar, Brisa, Merlot 2014, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£3.90 Bottle Green

Caliterra, Reserva, Merlot 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Undurraga, TH Rarities, Cabernet Franc/Merlot 2012, Maipo Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£20.00 Viña Undurraga

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Montes Alpha, M, Apalta Vineyard 2011, Colchagaua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£30.55 Liberty Wines

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Matthew Clark

Porta, Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.62 Viña dos Andes

Indómita, Zardoz 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£13.70 Alliance Wine

TerraMater, Vineyard Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Lapostolle, D'Alamel, Merlot 2013, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Millaman, Estate Reserve, Merlot 2014, Curicó Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Apaltagua, Signature, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Bisquertt, La Joya, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.39 Molson Coors

Bisquertt, La Joya, Gran Reserva, Merlot 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.39 Molson Coors

 

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