Chile, Chile all the way

Chilean reds crushed their Spanish counterparts in Semifinal B

Chilean reds crushed their Spanish counterparts in Semifinal B

It was a gorgeous Edinburgh afternoon when we gathered for Semifinal B, to decide who was going through to the final against South Africa.

Our second semifinal of the series saw Spain go up against Chile. Right out of the gate, our judges preferred Chile’s Santa Alba Sauvignon to Spain’s lighter offering, the Torre Solar Macabeo (“bland”, said one judge. Ouch). In the second white pairing, Spain sent in their Rioja Bordon Blanco - a white rioja that had proved popular in Quarterfinal D - against Chile’s Nostros Reisling. The white rioja delighted judges again – “smells divine! Like perfume” commented one judge, while another just said “rioja never disappoints”.

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Next we moved onto the reds. With the cooler weather setting in, we went back to the original format of a lighter and heavier red, abandoning the the roses that we had tried in Quarterfinals C and D. This gave us a chance to taste Spain’s Armador Syrah – “very aromatic and interesting aftertaste” quipped one judge - against Mas Donis Negre - which one judge found “too astringent” and another said was “rich, complex and a bit sweet”.

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All too soon it was time for the final match up, a classic Spanish Rioja aginast a Carmenere. One judge summed up each red in one word: “yummy” for the Rioja and “porty” for the Carmenere, while another judge wrote “crap” and “earthy.” But by far the most interesting score card for ths round read “getting a bit drunk now… I think I like them all!” for the rioja and “tra la la, la la la la (guess the song) tra la la, la la la la; tra la la, la la la la”. Any suggestions for what the song was are welcome.

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While we dutifully polished off the remaining wines, the scores were tallied where it turned out that despite some high scores for Spain, Chile’s victory was unanimous. So it’s going to be South Africa v Chile in the final!

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At this event we were extremely lucky to be joined by photographer Wayne Zhang. Check out more of his work, including some beautiful portraits, at https://www.instagram.com/wayne_ediportrait/.

We love this image of Chris, he looks like he is taking the job of judging very seriously. In fact, all he wrote for this wine was “Braw”, which for you non-Caledonians basically means “good.” Which is exactly what wine tasting for non-boffins should be about!

We love this image of Chris, he looks like he is taking the job of judging very seriously. In fact, all he wrote for this wine was “Braw”, which for you non-Caledonians basically means “good.” Which is exactly what wine tasting for non-boffins should be about!


Kati Woods