line-up-of-bottlesIt’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.

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Sparkling wine tasting panel: Jay and Helen
Tasting panel members Carola, Natascha and Kate
Tasting panel members Carola, Natascha and Kate

 

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

Fifth: 

  • Valdivieso Brut Limited, 12% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$4,590

Sixth: 

  • Viña San Pedro Tarapacá Misiones de Rengo Brut, 12.5% ABV, Retails in Chile at CLP$4,390

 


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This is Hazel, who wanted to join the tasting panel

My tasting notes:

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Estelado, Brut, 12% ABV

País grapes

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?


budget Chilean sparkling wineFor more information about sparkling wine:

Sparkling wine – let’s get the party started

How to choose sparkling wine (1)  or ¿Cómo elegir un vino espumante? (1), which demystifies terms like “Brut”, “Nature and “Dulce”.

How to choose sparkling wine (2) or ¿Cómo elegir un vino espumante? (2), which talks about the different styles of sparkling wine.

Profile of Daniel Raab of Domaine Raab-Ramsay: Chilean organic sparkling wine producer or Productor de espumante orgánico en Chile.

Sparkling wine tasting panel results or  Resultados de cata de vino espumante.

English-Spanish sparkling wine glossary.

A sparkling toast to the weekend or Un brindis espumante al fin de semana with more sparkling wine recommendations.

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