Sparkling wine tasting panel results
December 8, 2015
A group of 10 people of 6 different nationalities recently got together to blind taste 6 different Brut/Extra Brut wines retailing at under 10,000 Chilean pesos (£10 / US$15) and score them out of 10. We then calculated the average score for each wine to determine their ranking. Here are the results:
All photos courtesy of Alexandra Balakireva.
1) The overall winner: Apaltagua Costero Extra Brut, San Antonio Valley – Score 6.9
60% Chardonnay / 40% Sauvignon Blanc. In bottle fermentation
A dry, crisp, light and fruity sparkling wine with citrus aromas and a touch of apple.
2) Second place: Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado, Brut, Maule Valley – Score 6.5
100% País. In bottle fermentation. Fair trade.
The only rosé in our tasting, a pleasing peach colour. Lovely fruity aromas, followed by refreshing acidity in the mouth.
3) Third place: Domaine Raab Ramsay Blanc de Blancs, Brut, Marga Marga Valley – Score 5.6
100% Chardonnay. In bottle fermentation. Organic.
This was the sparkling wine which drew the biggest reactions – the judges either loved or hated it and it was outright favourite for two judges. This was quite different to the other wines tasted – more golden in colour and more complex and creamy, with more body and pronounced flavour.
4) Undurraga Alta Gama Extra Brut, Leyda Valley, Score 5.6
80% Chardonnay, 13% Riesling, 7% Sauvignon Blanc. Tank fermentation (Charmat)
This is a smooth, easy-to-drink sparkling wine. Pleasant fruity nose, refreshing in the mouth.
5) Valdivieso Grand Brut, Score 5.5
Pinot Noir main grape. Tank fermentation (Charmat)
A crisp, light and refreshing sparkling wine with nice body.
6) Domaine Raab Ramsay Brut País, Marga Marga Valley
100% País. In bottle fermentation. Organic.
The nose was interesting but the wine disappointed a little in the mouth. Rounded but low acidity and a touch of bitterness in the finish.
The tasting panel
To discover how to tell how sweet a sparkling wine is, check out my post How to choose sparkling wine (1).
For information on how to choose a style of sparkling wine to suit you, try my post How to choose sparkling wine (2).
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