The JamesSuckling.com tasting team was hard at it in vineyards and winery tasting rooms around the world this past week, with Senior Editor Zekun Shuai on a field trip in South America to taste the new vintages of Chile and Argentina.
Zekun said Chile was back on the track of finesse and freshness with its “exciting” 2021 vintage, after a dry and hot 2020. “Freshness and silky, polished tannins are the keywords for this vintage,” he said. “The general impression now is that the reds can show more fruit, and the fine tannin quality is noticeable, even for simpler wines that don’t strive to deliver greater depth. We are also finding good juiciness and a delicate twist of austerity in many reds in this vintage.”
VIK presented its 2020 harvest, and although it was a rough year, we were up to the challenge of achieving the same scores as other premium wines presenting their 2021 harvest.