Alistair Cooper MW, Dirceu Vianna Junior MW and David Williams tasted 116 wines, with 8 Outstanding and 70 Highly Recommended.
South American old-vine reds panel tasting scores
116 wines tasted
Highly recommended 70
Entry criteria: producers and UK agents were invited to submit their red wines from any South American country, from any grape and vintage, and composed of single varietals or blends with the proviso that all blend components are from old vines aged 30 years or more
When you have old vines, you have heritage in your hands. With that heritage comes a responsibility to do the absolute best with what you have inherited.’ So said judge Dirceu Vianna Junior MW, adding: ‘Judging by this tasting, they are doing a phenomenal job in South America.’
Old vines are a hot topic in wine circles. One of the most discussed issues (among many) is their potential for resilience in the face of climatic adversity. Old vines appear to be better equipped to deal with climatic extremes such as drought and floods – understandably an extremely relevant issue.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top-scoring South American old-vine red wines
The top-scoring South American old-vine reds:
Alistair Cooper MW is a wine consultant, writer, broadcaster and educator with a particular focus on South America. President of the Cata d’Or wine awards in Chile, he is also consultant wine buyer for United Cellars in Sydney.
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a wine writer, consultant, educator and broadcaster. Moving to the UK in 1989, he spent much of his career as wine director for some of the UK’s most prominent wine distributors, and in 2008 he became the first South American male to obtain the Master of Wine title.
David Williams is a regular contributor to Decanter, wine correspondent for The Observer, deputy editor of The World of Fine Wine, and a columnist for trade magazine The Wine Merchant.