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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > NEW WORLD: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Bordeaux blends: Chile

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

2018 Gold 1      Silver 5      Bronze 4       Commended 9
2017 Gold 4      Silver 10    Bronze 6       Commended 9

Seriously? One Gold? Bordeaux Reds is meant to be Chile’s thing. What it does. Its raison d’être. 

In the past, our tasters may have occasionally grumbled about a lack of ambition or too much ‘safe winemaking’, but they were, at least, not short of well-priced, solid, lower-half-of-the-wine-list offerings.

But this year was feeble across the board. A country that a couple of years ago picked up 40-odd medals/Commendeds managed half that, it’s usual haul of three or four Golds reduced to just one.

You could, perhaps, say that this has been a while coming. There’s been a noticeable cooling of affection towards Chile’s wines over the past four or five years and maybe this year our tasters had had enough. 

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘They weren’t expensive, but too tannic, too much acid, not very well made, not very nice to drink. I like a wine to be relaxed, these were all uptight and boxed-in, with no room for the fruit to express itself. No sense of Pablo Neruda – all Arnold Schwarzenegger in a teenager’s body. I still feel, 10 years on, that they are falling into the same trap.’ Nigel Lister, team leader

‘There’s an expectation from Chile to have big tannins and a bit of warmth, but not cooked fruit.’ Carlos Ferreira, The Don

‘I think Chile has moved forward at a premium level, but the winemaking needs to be updated at the lower price category. These were jammy – 20th century in style.’ Tatiana Mann, The Vine Eno Gastro Pub

‘We were so blown away by the Other Old World Reds category before this, which had similar price points to these. Chile needs to watch its back.’ Debbie Warner, Wild Wine Club

‘These are barbecue wines, right? They’re summertime, relaxing-with-friends wines. They definitely have their place in the right establishment.’ Richard Cavagin-Carey, The Harwood Arms

‘I don’t have any Chilean wines on the list. We just haven’t found they’re as approachable or as good with food as some of the other countries we’ve invested in.’ Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

Award winners

Found 19 wines

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

Bisquertt, La Joya, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

With both ‘richness and freshness’, this Colchagua Cab took Gold for its ‘tobaccco, plums and spicy, fresh fruit’, according to The Harrow at Little Bedwyn’s Sue Jones, while team leader Angela Reddin appreciated its ‘cassis and herbs on the nose, with bags of fruit on the palate and a good, lengthy finish’. Le Cordon Bleu London’s Matthieu Longuère MS, meanwhile, enjoyed its ‘chocolate and blackcurrant’ aromas, and found the palate ‘ripe and juicy, with some flinty notes, too’.

£6.70 Molson Coors

Siegel, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Black fruits and spice,’ began The Don’s Carlos Ferreira of this Chilean red, with Arletta Mala of Glasshouse identifying ‘juicy blackcurrants and eucalyptus’ and a ‘full body’. ‘Rich, fruity and complex – a well-knitted blend,’ summed up team leader Martin Lam.

£13.80 Carson Wines

Sutil, Limited Release, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

This had, according to Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club, ‘elegant aromas of plum and sweet spices, along with some fresh tobacco leaves’, with Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent adding: ‘Ripe black fruit, red pepper, and leather, as well as some balanced tannins.’

£10.69 Castelnau Wine Agencies

Via Wines, Chilcas, Single Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Olive and black cherries’ kicked things off here for The Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who went on to describe notes of ‘leather, tobacco and spicy oak’, concluding that this was ‘well balanced, with a long, clean finish’.

£11.20 VIA Wines

Santa Rita, 120, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

This was ‘earthy, with some bright red and black currant notes’, said Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, adding that this led to a ‘silky, easy-drinking structure’, making this a ‘great value’ wine, and a good by-the-glass option. Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms found it to be ‘balanced throughout, with ripe, smooth tannins’.

£7.33 Matthew Clark

Viña De Aguirre, Camino de Chile, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère 2013, Maule Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

‘Vanilla and jammy black fruit’ on the nose, according to Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms, led to a palate with ‘smooth tannins and well-integrated fruit, with some smoke lingering on the finish’. Team leader Lionel Periner further identified ‘cacao and coffee bean’ notes.

£8.40 CellarVino

Echeverria, Founder's Selection, Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Maipo Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Lazaros Engonopoulos of Coq d’Argent thought this had ‘a lot of potential’, describing notes of ‘rich black fruit and chocolate cake, as well as some spice notes’, and finding ‘good structure and firm tannins’. ‘Leafy, fragrant and fresh,’ concluded team leader Nigel Lister.

£20.95 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Vistamar, Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

This had ‘dark fruit and a burnt caramel note’, according to team leader Lionel Periner, who appreciated its ‘smooth tannins and spice on the finish’. ‘Pleasant black fruit on the palate’, thought Richard Cavagin-Carey of The Harwood Arms, made this, ‘for the price, a good house wine option’.

£4.93 Kingsland

Via Wines, Chilensis, Reserva, Merlot 2016, Curicó Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Lionel Periner described an interesting nose of ‘red fruit, cooked berries, tomato leaves and black pepper’, with a ‘full body, spicy finish and some dry tannins’. ‘Earthy and meaty, with some restrained power,’ thought Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, describing ‘tobacco and liquorice notes’.

£7.53 VIA Wines

Via Wines, Chilensis, Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Fresh and balanced,’ began team leader Martin Lam, who appreciated this wine’s ‘primary fruit flavours’, while Tatiana Mann of The Vine Eno Gastro Pub described an ‘aromatic and floral nose, leading to black cherry and oak’ on the palate.

£7.53 VIA Wines

Montes Alpha, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£10.49 Liberty Wines

Chocalan, Alexia 2014, Maipo Costa, Chile

Commended medal winner

£21.41 D&V Wines

Apaltagua, Zapallar, Gran Reserva, Selección Privada, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Curicó Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Emiliana, Adobe, Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Rapel Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.20 Boutinot

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£8.55 Matthew Clark

Viña La Rosa, La Capitana, Barrel Reserve, Merlot 2015, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.65 Fuller's

Morandé, Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Lapostolle, Grand Selection, Merlot 2015, Rapel Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

TerraMater, Altum, Merlot 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

 

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