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News - 01.03.10

18 Trophies for Argentinean wines

The Argentina Wine Awards (AWA), one of the great annual events for the country’s wine industry, was held in Mendoza for the fourth consecutive year. During two days of closed-door tasting sessions, 12 Masters of Wine from 8 different countries evaluated the quality and progress of the Argentinean wine industry. Ma. Soledad Gonzalez sgonzalez@areadelvino.com

The Argentina Wine Awards (AWA), one of the great annual events for the country’s wine industry, was held in Mendoza for the fourth consecutive year. During two days of closed-door tasting sessions, 12 Masters of Wine from 8 different countries evaluated the quality and progress of the Argentinean wine industry.

As every year, the event was organized by Wines of Argentina and the Argentina Wine Corporation (COVIAR), with the collaboration of H&C, the English agency in charge of the design and organization of the tasting sessions, and Area del Vino, the Argentinean company responsible for the event’s local organization and communication.

This year, 650 wine samples were submitted to the contest, which is the maximum number accepted by the organizing committee. The panel of judges, made up by Masters of Wine Sheri Sauter Morano, Roger Bohmrich, Barbara Philip, Sebastian Payne, Rosemary George, Jo Ahearne, Peter McCombie, Dirceu Vianna Junior, Frank Roeder, Madeleine Stenwreth, Essi Avellan and Debra Meiburg, awarded 18 Trophies, 30 gold medals, 182 silver medals and 260 bronze medals to the contesting wines.

Wines were classified into the following categories:

- Red wines: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Merlot, red blends and other red varieties.

- White wines: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, white blends and other white varieties.

- Rosé wines

- Sparkling wines

- Dessert wines

- Fortified wines

In turn, these categories were divided into segments according to retail price per bottle: from USD 6 to USD 9,99, from USD 10 to USD 19,99, from USD 20 to USD 49,99, and USD 50+. This grouping guaranteed that similar wines should be tasted within the same batch. It was ruled that for a wine to qualify as a varietal it should contain at least 85% of a given grape variety. Judges were divided into six tasting teams of three judges each, and tasted a maximum of 120 wines per day. Over successive phases of the competition, each wine was tasted blindly by two different teams of judges.

The awards ceremony was held at Piattelli Vineyards in Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo. On that wonderful evening, guests were received in a gazebo especially mounted in the winery gardens for the ceremony. Jon Malinski, the American owner of Piattelli vineyards, his wife and Gabriel Fidel, the company’s director, gave a welcoming address. Then the guests enjoyed some delicious catering paired with the winery’s outstanding Piattelli Premium Malbec and Piattelli Premium Torrontes. And finally, it was time for the long-awaited moment: the award-giving ceremony. The wines that were awarded gold medals and trophies were announced one by one, and the national and international judges gave out the prizes.

The awards

The most important awards (Trophies) were distributed among 16 wineries. In the Chardonnay category between USD 10 and USD 19.99, the great prize was obtained by Salentein Reserve Chardonnay 2009 of Bodegas Salentein. Dominio del Plata Winery achieved the award in the Torrontes category below USD 10 with Críos de Susana Balbo Torrontés 2009. Bodega Tapiz won the highest prize in the Torrontes category between USD 10 and USD 19.99 with Tapiz Torrontés 2009. In the category Rosé below USD 10, Susana Balbo’s winery obtained another award with Críos de Susana Balbo Malbec Rosé 2009. Santa Ana achieved two Trophies with Santa Ana Reserve Bonarda 2008 in the Bonarda category between USD 10 and USD 19.99 and Santa Ana Reserve Malbec-Shiraz 2008 in the red blend category between USD 10 and USD 19.99. Familia Zuccardi’s Zuccardi Q Tempranillo 2007 was distinguished as the best Tempranillo of the AWA between USD 10 and USD 19.99. Finca Las Moras also obtained the highest prize with Las Moras Gran Shiraz 2006 in the Shiraz category between USD 20 and USD 49.99. Likewise, Viña Cobos won a Trophy with Bramare Luján de Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 in the price range between USD 20 and USD 49.99. Bodega Navarro Correas, with their blend Bodega Navarro Correas Structura 2006, obtained the highest award in the red blend category between USD 20 and USD 49.99. Bodegas y Viñedos Pascual Toso was awarded the prize for the red blend category over USD 50 with their Magdalena Toso 2006. Fincas Rewen Petit Verdot 2008 of Fincas Rewen was a surprise to everyone in the category “other red wines below USD 10”. Bodega Ruca Malén, with Ruca Malén Petit Verdot 2008, also obtained the Trophy in the category “other red blends between USD 10 and USD 19.99”. Bodega Ruca Malén, with Ruca Malén Petit Verdot 2008, also obtained the Trophy in the category "other red blends between USD 10 and USD 19.99."

In the Malbec category, Nieto Reserva Malbec 2009 of Bodegas Nieto Senetiner achieved the great prize within the price range below USD 10. In the price range between USD 10 and USD 19.99 Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2009 of Bodega Doña Paula Estate got the Trophy, while in the price range between USD 20 and USD 49.99 Sophenia Synthesis Malbec 2008 of Finca Sophenia received the award. In wines above USD 50, Zorzal Wines triumphed with their Climax Malbec 2008. In the sweet wine category between USD 10 and USD 19.99, the traditional Bodega Valentin Bianchi won the Trophy with their Famiglia Late Harvest Semillon 2004.

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