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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > NEW WORLD: Sauvignon Blanc Chile

Winner Details

 NEW WORLD: Sauvignon Blanc, Chile

2018 Gold 2    Silver 3            Bronze 7          Commended 7
2017 Gold 1    Silver 5            Bronze 6          Commended 9

It’s hard to find sommeliers who are excited about Sauvignon Blanc in general, so flights of Chilean Sauvignon tend not to be greeted with shouts of joy in this competition. On the plus side, Leyda seems to be establishing itself alongside Casablanca as a force to be reckoned with (and with a more distinctive style) and the pricing was good. So if you’re looking for crowd-pleasing styles of Sav at margin-enticing prices, this is a good place to come.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Leyda was far better than Casablanca. The latter tasted like they were more made to a price. Leyda won on acidity and freshness, that cooler climate coming through.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘A diversity of styles from the New World to more Old World in style. Mostly towards the middle and low end of the price spectrum, it’s good if you’re looking for value.’ Pierre Brunelli, L’Enclume

‘There’s still some good value, classically Chilean Sauvignon Blanc wines out there – vibrant, fruit-driven, crowd-pleasing wine that works well by the glass at a certain price point.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘Leyda was grassy and herbaceous, not too pungent, nicely restrained, very fresh.’ Alex Pitt, Typing Room

Award winners

Found 19 wines

New World: Sauvignon Blanc, Chile

Chocalan, Origen, Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, San Antonio Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

A Gold winner made in a full-on style, thought Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, highlighting its ‘pungent, aromatic, herbaceous nose of nettles, herbs and capsicum, accompanied by lots of grapefruit on the palate’, and adding that it was ‘heading towards New Zealand in style, with rasping acidity and a long, zippy, zingy finish’. The Pig Hotel’s Jacopo Mazzeo added praise for its ‘pungent, intense tomato leaf and green pepper nose, leading to a similarly intense palate’.

£7.93 D&V Wines

Morandé, Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

‘A lovely wine to enjoy in the summer,’ was Alex Pitt of Typing Room’s first impression of this Gold-worthy Sauvignon, adding praise for ‘lots of fruit on the nose – all vibrant and tropical’. ‘Green and red apple on the nose plus a little stone fruit,’ elaborated The Don’s Carlos Ferreira, finding it ‘very well made on the palate, a little soft and grassy, and ultimately very well balanced’.

£9.89 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Luis Felipe Edwards, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

The Don’s Carlos Ferreira found a nose of ‘tropical and citrus fruits, then really good acidity and freshness on the palate, pineapple and lemon fruit and a clean finish’, while Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia was struck by its ‘very elegant aromas of freshly mown grass and sherbet lemons, and soft, silky palate’.

£6.69 Matthew Clark

Luis Felipe Edwards, Marea, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest enjoyed this Sauvignon’s ‘clean, fresh aromas of green apple and gooseberry with a passion fruit lift, followed by a clean and crisp palate with more apple and vegetal, ripe asparagus complexity’. ‘Nuances of nettles and greengage with a soft-structured palate,’ added Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia.

£13.30 Matthew Clark

Errazuriz, 1870, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia liked this wine’s modern styling, finding ‘nettles, Granny Smith apple and pink grapefruit aromas leading to a warming palate of bitter lemon and grapefruit’, with The Don’s Carlos Ferreira also picking up ‘stone fruit and herbal notes, citrus and very good balance on the palate’.

£8.21 Matthew Clark

Outer Limits By Montes, Zapallar Coast, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

A ‘fresh, vibrant and elegant style, salty yet rich’, began Dan Cohen of Cépage[s] Wine Bistro, with Pierre Brunelli of L’Enclume finding it ‘concentrated, with fresh greengage fruit notes and a long, mineral finish’.

£11.75 Liberty Wines

Siegel, Special Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

While Typing Room’s Alex Pitt highlighted ‘lovely fresh grapefruit and pineapple character, richness and body’, team leader Tom Forrest found ‘nice aromatics of grass and nettles, elegant green character on the palate, leafy apple notes and an elegant finish’.

£9.44 Carson Wines

Viña La Rosa, Y Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Bright tropical fruit, a good-value crowd-pleaser,’ began team leader Laura Rhys MS, with Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason finding ‘gentle, fresh, classic citrus and herbaceousness, zingy and zippy palate but restrained and elegant, and great by the glass’.

£5.80 Fuller's

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

This was neatly summed up by Alex Pitt of Typing Room: ‘Herbaceous, fresh aromas, very fresh and crisp on the palate, giving a lot for the price, and a nice varietal expression.’

£6.50 Matthew Clark

Haras de Pirque, Albaclara, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Though ‘restrained on the nose’, this had an ‘intense palate, rich in style with salty mineral, tarragon herb notes and lemon citrus’, said Pierre Brunelli of L’Enclume, while Dan Cohen of Cépage[s] Wine Bistro found ‘good clean depth and nice minerality that would match well with grilled langoustines’.

£8.70 Berkmann Wine Cellars

TerraMater, Vineyard Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Maipo Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

For L’Enclume’s Pierre Brunelli this was ‘restrained and medium-bodied, with lemon, green apple and a salty palate’, while Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason found ‘blackcurrant leaf, orange zest and asparagus aromas, lean and gentle palate with stony and steely mineral, taut acidity and a good finish’.

£6.58 Cockburn & Campbell

Chono, Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Fragrant winter jasmine and Pink Lady apples lead to a fresh, silky-smooth palate with good length,’ began Cowrth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia, with The Don’s Carlos Ferreira noting ‘salted lemon and lime aromas, and really good concentration of fruit’.

£8.84 Ellis of Richmond

Vistamar, Healy & Gray, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Valdivieso, Valley Selection, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£10.35 Bibendum

Valdivieso, Single Vineyard, Wild Ferment, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£11.29 Bibendum

Caliterra, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Caliterra, Tributo, Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Leyda Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Viña De Aguirre, Santa Loreto, Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.60 CellarVino

Undurraga, Terroir Hunter, Lo Abarca, Sauvignon Blanc 2015, San Antonio Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£14.05 Eurowines

 

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