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Golden Grape: Chilean Champion

Golden Grape ChileWe polled Majestic staff across the British Isles to elect their favourite wine deserved of the prestigious title Chilean Champion. After the first round of voting we shortlisted the wines down to the top five and opened up the vote for the last time.

These are all great wines and are Chilean Champs in their own right! The Golden Grape Awards help highlight wines you might otherwise have overlooked. Our staff love them and they want to pass that knowledge on to you. And you never know, you might just find your new favourite!

The Outright Winner, with more than a third of the total vote at 37%:

Viña Mayu Reserva Syrah 2007 Elqui Valley

Viña Mayu Reserva Syrah 2007 Elqui Valley

William“Syrah is one of the most up and coming varieties in Chile, and this is one of the best. Rather than going for a big Aussie style shiraz, winemaker Giorgio Flessati looks to the Rhone Valley for inspiration. The fragrant nose is reminiscent of black pepper, herbs and a hint of smokey bacon. The palate shows juicy blackberry and redcurrant, with vanilla and sweet spices on the finish. It could almost be French!”

William, Manager, Majestic Maidstone

Close but not close enough, The Runner Up with 27%:

Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Santa Rita, Maipo Valley  Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Santa Rita, Maipo Valley

Chris“A truly fantastic Cabernet. Coming from the Maipo valley which has the ideal conditions for this grape variety. The wine has a fantastic nose of cassis and mocha. On the palette there is lashings of black fruits backed up by toasty vanilla and coffee notes. Ideal with a juicy ribeye steak.”

Chris, Manager, Majestic Windsor

Coming in a respectful third with 16%:

Montes 'Limited Selection' Cabernet-Carmenère 2010 Colchagua  Montes ‘Limited Selection’ Cabernet-Carmenère 2010 Colchagua

Karen“This is a firm favourite of mine from a superb Feng Shui winery, (really)! Carmenere has really made a name for itself in Chile and here it is blended with Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) to give a opulent wine with smooth tannins and ample black fruit, spice, well integrated oak and even a hint of chocolate. Anything with chocolate flavours can only be a win in my book!”

Karen, Manager, Majestic Cheltenham

An encouraging fourth for a new wine to the Majestic range with 11% of the final vote:

Calicanto 2009 Viña el Principal, Maipo  Calicanto 2009 Viña el Principal, Maipo

Jamie“The Calicanto is the ultimate classic Bordeaux blend with that increasingly essential New World twist, making use of the often forgotten Bordeaux varietal Carmenere. A blend of Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, and that gorgeous tobacco smoked Carmenere, the Calicanto boasts a bold and vibrant blackcurrant palate that is juicy yet restrained and sophisticated. Match to pork and caramelised red onion sausages with onion gravy and potatoes dauphinoise.”

Jamie, Assistant Manager, Majestic Market Harborough

Last but not least, the only white Chilean wine to make it to the Finals with 9%:

Costero Riesling 2009 Viña Leyda  Costero Riesling 2009 Viña Leyda

Lauren“The 2009 Costero Riesling is a truly great example of a dry new world Riesling. It has an aromatic citrus fruit character underlined by a well-defined streak of minerality and crisp acidity. The perfect accompaniment to fragrant Thai dishes.”

Lauren, Manager, Majestic Market Harborough

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