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Judges warm to cool-climate Chilean wines

Published:  13 January, 2012

Cool climate wines were the stars of the show at the ninth annual Wines of Chile Awards.

Eleven of the 17 trophies awarded went to wines from Limarí, Elqui, San Antonio, Casablanca and Bío Bío.

It was also a good year for Syrah. Viña Tamaya's Winemaker's Selection Syrah 2010 from Limarí was named best in show and there were trophies for two other Syrahs: Viña Mayu in the Elqui Valley and Cono Sur Limarí.

Riesling was another winner this year with Casa Marin's Miramar from San Antonio, and Concha y Toro's Terrunyo Casablanca Riesling both winning trophies.

Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, made entirely from País grapes, won the sparkling wine trophy.

Nine experts from nine countries made up the judging panel, with Peter Richards MW representing the UK.