On last Wednesday evening, the International Trophy winners of the Decanter World Wine Awards were announced in a presentation dinner at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in London. The Argentine wineries, Amalaya, Salentein and Santa Ana, achieved the top award within 3 of 28 categories of the contest.
Salentein’s Portillo Malbec 2011 (Uco Valley, Mendoza) was the winner of the category “Red single varietal under £10”, while Unánime 2007, of Santa Ana winery, was considered the best “Red Blend over £10″. In addition, a Torrontés held again the title of best “Dry Aromatic under £10” through Amalaya 2011, Hess Family Latin America’s wine.
In an interview, journalist Fabricio Portelli, who was judge in the contest of the prestigious English magazine, highlighted: “there is no doubt that DWWA is one of the world’s most important international wine competitions. This is not only because this year the event gathered around 14,000 samples, but also because of the impact its results have on the retail trade of UK, and of all those countries having this market as a reference.
Besides, he added: “Argentina submitted more than 700 samples to be assessed by a panel specializing in Argentine wines. That means that the jury in charge of a particular region is well known by the producers of that place.
Rodolfo Sadler, winemaker of Unánime 2007 at Santa Ana winery, regarded the presentation dinner as a “Grand Momentum”. “Unánime competed within the group of Red Blend over £10, against the best exponents from California, Portugal, France, and South Africa. However, the power of the ripe fruit of the Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon, together with the mild, silky and full-bodied structure of Malbec, help us to be ahead of other wines”, commented Sadler.
Moreover, Gustavo Bauzá, winemaker of Portillo Malbec 2011 at Salentein winery, maintained: “of course, we are glad to receive this award in this international category”. Afterwards, when Gustavo was asked about the success of this wine, of which 1,200,000 bottles are made per year and marketed in both domestic and export markets, he answered: “the success lies in the fact that in the bottle, you find the Uco Valley’s characteristics, the region where the wine comes from. With the team, we have worked very hard in zonification, so we can talk about a single vineyard wine, what grants it an exceptional quality.”
Furthermore, Nicolás Cornejo Costas, Marketing and Export Manager at Amalaya, pointed out: “this award confirms the success of this wine, having in mind that in its first vintage, in 2010, we won a gold medal in the same competition.”
In relation to the wine, he added: “It is great to know that the quality of the product is well regarded, as well as its style and matchless features, resulting from the Riesling blend. This grape variety grants it minerality and enhances the acidity, stressing the green apple notes and maintaining the floral essence of Torrontés, all of which make this wine unique”.
Translation: Carolina Lucesole