Casa Real and Pewën de Apalta achieve great scores in Tim Atkin’s MW Chile report24 de March de 2020
Santa Rita wines received high praises from the British Master of Wine, who recently published its fourth report on the country.
London, March 2020.– “Chile’s wine industry, despite all its trials and tribulations, is in a very good place right now. There have never been so many talented producers, so many wine regions, some of them yet to produce their first grapes, so much excellence, showcased by the superlative 2018 vintage. However hard it may be, Chile should look to the future with confidence, convinced of the world-class quality of its best wines”, comments Tim Atkin MW in its introduction for the Chile Report 2020 he released recently.
Santa Rita wines received high scores, with Casa Real Reserva Especial 2017 achieving 94 points. “ ‘Less is more’ is the approach of Sebastián Labbé to this iconic Cabernet Sauvignon, made with the consultancy of Bordeaux-based Eric Boissenot. Aged in 75% new wood, it’s bright, youthful and elegant wit subtle oak, plenty of acidity and underlying grip and notes of graphite and blackcurrant pastille. 2022-29”, reads the review.
On the other hand, Pewën de Apalta, the winery’s top Carmenere, was also awarded 94 points for its 2018 vintage. “Many of Chile’s top bodegas are upping their game with Carmenère, picking the grape earlier to get more zip and freshness into their wines. This all comes from Apalta and is a focused, appealingly defined red with notes of malt, green herbs and black cherry, silky tannins and scented 40% new wood. 2023-30”, the MW commented.
The Floresta range, that highlights each wine’s origin with minimum intervention, was consistently commended on the Report. Floresta Cabernet Franc 2018, Floresta Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 and Floresta Chardonnay 2019 all received 91 points, with Atkin commenting on how each wine’s terroir showcased in the tasting.
On the Medalla Real line, Medalla Real Gran Reserva Syrah 2018 obtained 92 points, described as an “excellent value Syrah from Santa Rita” by Tim Atkin MW. Medalla Real Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2019 achieved 90 points, marking it as a “mouth-watering”.
Lastly, Santa Rita’s Triple C 2016, based on Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere, received 90 points.
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