The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc received a Gold Medal and the 2011 Chardonnay won the Regional Trophy as the best in its category under £15, reaffirming the British public’s preference for the character and nobility of this exceptional line.
The Decanter World Wine Awards is one of the best-known and most respected wine competitions in the world. This year 219 judges from numerous countries—including 75 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers—tasted 14,362 wines from 52 countries.
The 2012 Marques de Casa Concha Sauvignon Blanc is made with grapes from the Leyda Valley, where the Pacific Ocean, just 14 kilometers away, has a moderating effect on the climate, as does the early morning fog and the breezes that blow in from the coast. The silty-clay soils are colluvial with a granitic substrate, typical of the semi-arid lands along the coast, with little organic matter and a high clay content.
The Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay is made with grapes from the Llanuras Vineyard in Camarico, located 30 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean on the northern bank of the Limarí River. The climate is semi-arid with a coastal influence. The red clay-loam soils are poor in organic matter, with round stones, chalky elements, and good permeability. “Viña Concha y Toro discovered the potential of the Limarí Valley with the Chardonnay variety and has made great efforts to promote this region,” says winemaker Marcelo Papa.
The incorporation of these coastal origins into the Marques de Casa Concha line, which debuted in 1976 with Cabernet Sauvignon, broadens the line’s portfolio, which also includes Merlot, Syrah, Carmenere, and Pinot Noir.