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Home Winners > Winners 2019 > NEW WORLD: Chardonnay - Rest of the New World (including New Zealand, Chile & Argentina)

Winner Details

 Chardonnay, Rest of the New World, including Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, & China

2019 Gold 3       Silver 5                 Bronze 4              Commended 10
2018 Gold 4       Silver 6                 Bronze 3              Commended 7

Chardonnay was once the grape variety that was going to be the great white hope for every new world wine-producing country, which is why it’s planted everywhere from Chile to China. But increasingly – in this competition at least – it seems the only places that are really making headway with it are Australia, South Africa and (if you like ‘em big and expensive) California.

Argentina and New Zealand can feel disappointed (yet again) with their showings here. The Kiwis, in particular, would have been hoping to build on a couple of Golds last year, but drew a perplexing blank instead.

And while it was heartening to see our first ever Chinese medal with this grape, the real heavy lifting this year for the ‘rest of’ countries was done by Chile. Three Golds under £11 was a good effort, and the fact they came from three different areas – Casablanca, Limari and (surprisingly) Maule – was significant. It shows that the country can still knock out good, well-priced versions of the grape when it wants to.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘These were variations on a theme, but it wasn’t a bad theme. You’d look at these and definitely say that they’re Chilean Chardonnay. They weren’t as oaked as some parts of Australia, and not as consistent in their style as New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘For me, if you really like Chardonnay you should go to Chablis.’ Carlos Ferreira, team leader

‘Chardonnay from different parts of New Zealand gives you different styles. It’s really diverse, depending on the region.’ Adam Michocki, The Glasshouse

‘In general, the Chilean Chardonnays are good for UK restaurants. Customers look for them, and they are practical, approachable and very good value for money. I’d put the more refreshing and less oaky wines on a list.’ Oliver Nagy, Hakkasan Hanway Place

‘The Argentinians compared well to other New World Chardonnays. Fresh, clean acidity and oak character, but maybe lacking texture to go with it. The potential for Argentinian Chardonnay is good.’ Laurent Richet MS, team leader

Award winners

Found 22 wines

New World: Chardonnay, Rest of the New World

Luis Felipe Edwards, Gran Reserva, Chardonnay 2018, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

‘Very typical and pleasurable,’ said team leader Hamish Anderson, awarding a deserved Gold medal to this great value Chardonnay. ‘It has a simple nose of cream, spice and ripe pear,’ he added, ‘and there’s some really very good tropical fruit, cut with nice acidity.’ Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London noted ‘melon, white peach and hints of sweet spice’, before adding: ‘It’s medium bodied and with a nice lick of toasty oak.’ Oliver Nagy of Hakkasan Hanway Place, meanwhile, thought it offered ‘ripe tropical fruits with a touch of apple and some coconut vanilla’ and a ‘ripe fruit palate with good acidity’.

£6.82 Majestic Commercial

Viña Requingua, Toro de Piedra, Chardonnay 2017, Maule Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

‘There’s a nose of creamy vanilla spice, with melon, ginger and pineapple,’ said team leader Tom Forrest of this Gold medal winner. This exotic fruit profile continued to the palate, where he thought it was lifted by some ‘very nice, sexy spice’. Moio Restaurant’s Carolina W Seibel found ‘more complexity on the nose, with green pineapple and warm lemon notes’, while for Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London, a sense of harmony was key: ‘There’s a really nice balance between the fruit and the oaky aromas, it’s refreshing.’

£9.85 Survalles

Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Chardonnay 2017, Limarí Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

‘Great stuff,’ said team leader Hamish Anderson as he happily elevated this worthy winner to Gold medal status. ‘It has a lovely smoky, taut and complex nose, with lemon zest, spice and apple; it’s fresh but ripe, with a lovely texture and cut through with a piercing minerality. The finish is long and fine.’ Kahani London’s Ennio Pucciarelli could only agree, adding: ‘The exotic fruit elements have good intensity and complexity and are well integrated with the oak flavours.’

£10.50 CyT UK

Coopers Creek, Swamp, Reserve, Chardonnay 2014, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Silver medal winner

Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London described this Silver medal-winning wine as having ‘great balance between the fruit flavours and the delicate use of oak’, and thought it was ‘refreshing on the palate with a clean, long, crisp finish’.

£14.75 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Familia Schroeder, Alpataco, Chardonnay 2018, Patagonia, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Team leader Hamish Anderson admired this wine’s ‘simple, bright style, with its apple, pear and green plum aromas’. He further described it as ‘almost Chablis-esque, with its unoaked freshness and crisp acidity that delivers great drinkability’.

£8.85 Ellis of Richmond

Finca Flichman Dedicado, Tupungato Vineyard, Chardonnay 2017, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Ennio Pucciarelli of Kahani London found ‘exotic fruit aromas, with hints of vanilla, ginger and yeast’, and praised it for its ‘refreshing medium body and distinctive long finish’.

£14.66 Liberty Wines

Salentein, Single Vineyard, San Pablo, Chardonnay 2015, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Team leader Hamish Anderson found the ‘big powerful nose’ on this wine to his liking, with its ‘toast and pineapple’. He described it as a ‘big, powerful, ambitious wine that really works… with a very good dryness, alcohol and uninterrupted aftertaste’.

£23.14 Matthew Clark

Santa Rita, Medalla Real, Gran Reserva, Chardonnay Limari 2017, Limarí Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest noted: ‘A creamy, vanilla and tropical nose with touches of mango and pineapple following across the palate. The finish is quite mineral with a nice cedar spice twist.’

£10.53 Matthew Clark

Emiliana, Adobe, Reserva, Chardonnay 2018, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Carolina W Seibel of Moio Restaurant found ‘ripe fruit and oatmeal on the nose, with a stone fruit and ripe kiwi palate’, and went on to say: ‘The wine finishes clean with a slight medicinal touch.’

£6.70 Boutinot

Lapostolle, Cuvée Alexandre, Chardonnay 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Stone fruits and red apple aromas leading to a very elegant palate, with yellow apple and oak notes, leading to a beautiful, long finish,’ thought team leader Carlos Ferreira.

£11.97 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Chateau Changyu-Castel, Premium, Chardonnay 2016, Yantai, China

Bronze medal winner

Elisa Soggia of Kai Mayfair found this wine to be ‘fabulous on the nose, yet very restrained on the palate; with some smoky notes, lemon freshness and green apple’.

£21.03 Chateau Changyu-Moser

Ventisquero, Tara, White Wine 1 2015, Huasco Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘This is unfiltered and a touch hazy,’ noted team leader Tom Forrest, ‘it feels quite hands-off, with a wild ferment feel to the green apple and clove spice; this is quite complex and finishes long.’

£23.00 The Wine Treasury

Carrick, Chardonnay 2016, Central Otago, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£14.98 Enotria&Coe

Bemberg, La Linterna, Chardonnay 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£49.39 Top Selection

Norman Hardie, Chardonnay 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Canada

Commended medal winner

£24.00 Bibendum

Felix Solis, Casa Vista, Chardonnay 2018, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£6.16 Matthew Clark

Alma de Chile, Reserva, Chardonnay 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Morandé, Gran Reserva, Chardonnay 2016, Casablanca Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Sur Valles, Santa Alba, Reserva, Chardonnay 2017, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£8.08 Survalles

Cadus, Appellation Vista Flores, Chardonnay 2017, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£11.65 Boutinot

Foley Family Vineyards, Vavasour, Chardonnay 2017, Marlborough, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

£12.85 Matthew Clark

Vidal, Reserve, Chardonnay 2017, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Commended medal winner

 

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