|Cooler climate wines lead the way in Wines of Chile awards|
|Written by Richard Siddle|
|Monday, 16 January 2012 16:50|
Eleven of the 17 trophies awarded at last week's Chilean Wine Awards were from its cooler climate wine regions including Limari, Elqui, San Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío.
Top award went to Viña Tamaya's Winemaker's Selection Syrah 2010 from Limarí that landed the Best in Show trophy. Two other Syrahs took trophies - Viña Mayu in the Elqui Valley and the Cono Sur Limarí Syrah.
Riesling also fared well in the awards announed in Santiago, Chile, with trophies going to Casa Marin's Miramar from San Antonio, and Concha y Toro's Terrunyo Casablanca Riesling. The Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, made entirely from País grapes, won the Sparkling trophy.
Traditional winemaking in some of Chile's oldest regions, such as Maule and Cachapoal, was rewarded as Gillmore's Hecedor del Mundo Cabernet Franc and Santa Ema's Amplus Carignan both took home trophies for wines from grape varieties that are remerging in Chile to great effect.
San Pedro Castillo de Molina Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from the Elqui Valley won a trophy and Best Value White.
Other trophies went to Undurraga for its Leyda T.H. Pinot Noir, Viña Porta's and Hacienda Araucano's Cabernet Sauvignons, and Viña Leyda's Pinot Noir Rosé. Casa Silva's Doña Dominga Andes Vineyard wine collected the Carmenere trophy. The Late Harvest award went to Cono Sur's Cosecha Noble in Bio Bio.
The international judges at the 9th Annual Wines of Chile Awards were: