Viña Maipo’s Protegido 2014 left quite an impression among the 27 experts of the tasting panel at the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWoCA) 2017. Competing against more than 600 Chilean wineries, this superior Cabernet Sauvignon received one of the top awards of the competition: “Best Cabernet Sauvignon $20-50”.
This award recognizes once again the work of winemaker Max Weinlaub and his team, who gave life to a wine that truly represents the power and elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley.
The award ceremony took place in November at the residence of the ambassador of Chile in the United States Juan Gabriel Valdés, in Washington DC, during which Protegido received the award as best in its category.
“We are very proud of this important award. Since its first vintage, Protegido has had the mission of representing the best of its origin, and in a way this award confirms the excellent work done by those behind the production of this powerful and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Our goal as wine growers is to produce wines of exceptional quality, and show the potential of Chile for the production of great wines; and I think that with Viña Maipo’s Protegido we have achieved this goal”, said Felipe Rossel, Marketing Director of Quinta de Maipo -wine group to which Viña Maipo belongs-, who attended the ceremony to receive the award.
“Of dark and intense red color, complex aroma with notes of fruit, tobacco and chocolate, Protegido represents the subtleties of its terroir, the Quinta de Maipo vineyard. In the mouth, it shows enveloping tannins, powerful and elegant at the same time, and it has a juicy and long persistence”.
Max Weinlaub, Viña Maipo’s chief winemaker.