Budget Chilean Sparkling Wine Tasting Results
December 21, 2016
It’s that cork-popping time of year when many of us choose to celebrate special meals and the arrival of the new year with sparkling wine. We all know that Champagne is cool, of course, while English and Welsh sparkling wines titillate our tastebuds with equal finesse and at a similar cost. Prosecco is an ultra trendy alternative, but here in Chile we have a stonking good range of great sparkling wines which are just as refreshing and don’t break the bank. Recently a specially convened international tasting panel checked out a few at the budget end.
Many thanks to our Budget Chilean sparkling wine tasting panel: Kate Whitlock (US), Carola de Rodt (Chile), Natascha Scott-Stokes (UK), Jay (US), John Ewer (Chile/UK) and Helen Conway (UK). Thank you especially to John for taking the photos.
We tasted the wines blind so as to not be prejudiced by the brand or label design and each of us awarded a score of between 0 and 10 to each wine (10 being the best). The results are based on the average score for each wine.
Budget Chilean Sparkling Wine Winners
Joint winners with 6.83 points:
- Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado, Brut, 12% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$6,790
- Viñamar Rosé, Casablanca Valley, 12.5% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$6,890
Joint third with 5.6 points:
- Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Devil`s Brut, 12%ABV, Limarí Valley, Retails in Chile at CLP$5,390
- Bouchon Extra Brut, Itata & Maule Valleys, 11.5% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$$6,790
- Valdivieso Brut Limited, 12% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$4,590
- Viña San Pedro Tarapacá Misiones de Rengo Brut, 12.5% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$4,390
My tasting notes:
Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado, Brut, 12% ABV
Refreshing, dry sparkling wine, which opened up more with time.
Viñamar Rosé, Casablanca Valley, 12.5% ABV
100% Pinot Noir
Intriguing biscuity nose, refreshing with a fuller mouthfeel and intriguing fruity notes.
Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Devil`s Brut, 12%ABV, Limarí Valley
Refreshing with citrus aromas and flavours.
Bouchon Extra Brut, 11.5% ABV, Itata & Maule Valleys
Made with País and Cinsault grapes.
Very fresh and fruity sparkling wine.
Valdivieso Brut Limited, 12% ABV
Fresh, high acidity, fairly neutral.
Viña San Pedro Tarapacá Misiones de Rengo Brut, 12.5% ABV
Aromas of apples, which are apparent in the flavour too. Slight aftertaste.
So what about you? What’s your favourite Sparking wine? Do you choose budget alternatives or like to splash out on something special?
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