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Home Winners > Winners 2015 > Rest of Portugal, Red

Winner Details

 

Portugal: Rest of Portugal, Red


2015: Gold 0 Silver 13 Bronze 8 Commended 5
2014: Gold 1 Silver 8 Bronze 5 Commended 6

Occasionally in the Sommelier Wine Awards there is a disconnect between the feedback in the early rounds of judging and the final arrangement of medals, and this was one such occasion. While the tasters in round one swooned over these non-Douro Portuguese reds, the judges at the medal-awarding stage were more circumspect, giving positive feedback but no Golds. It was slightly puzzling, given that the prices weren’t especially ballsy, but isn’t exactly atypical: beyond the plushness and power of the Douro, Portugal often struggles to get much beyond Silver status.

Still, don’t let that put you off. There are some superb, individual, food-friendly wines here that would brighten up any list – as the feedback below proves.

From the Tasting Teams


‘I was pretty impressed: well-rounded, juicy, fun-to-drink wines with layers of fruit and spice without being too complex.’ Christophe Richelet, consultant sommelier

‘These are extremely popular and extremely easy for us to sell. Very rounded and very flexible: with and without food. Excellent value.’ Mya Brown, Vinoteca Marylebone

‘They are well made and confident, with real character. I kept on thinking of duck and all sorts of food to go with them. It felt a bit like the underdog’s come through.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘People are very comfortable with these wines and they perform wonderfully. They’ve got weight and can cover a lot of bases.’ Mark Graham, Butlers Wharf Chop House

‘There was ripeness, but no sweetness, oak but not too much – and they were refreshing, flavourful and characterful. Real individuality.’ Sam Caporn MW, consultant

‘With some great wines, real individual character, not to mention value to be found, it’s definitely worth supporting Portugal on your list.’ Martin Lam, team leader


Award winners

Found 26 wines

Portugal: Red, excluding Douro Valley

Casa da Passarella, Villa Oliveira, Touriga Nacional 2009, Dão, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Cassis and red fruits on the nose and palate. Sweet and savoury profile that’s well balanced,’ said team leader Martin Lam, with Lukasz Walkowiak of Oxo Tower Restaurant adding: ‘Redcurrants on the nose and a herbaceous hint, meaty with a touch of spice.’

£19.46 Enotria&Coe

Vidigueira, Grande Escolha Tinto 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Bright, clean and refreshing, nicely fruity nose, showing juicy, good medium-bodied drinking, dry and balanced throughout,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House. ‘Leanish and tangy, big wine needs quite big food,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£9.33 Cooperativa de Vidigueira

Ribafreixo, Gaúdio, Classico 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Juicy, softer style, rich and ripe with lovely acidity and well balanced,’ said team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone adding: ‘Sweet, dense, oaky nose and a grippy, finely structured palate with notes of bergamot and Yunnan tea.’

£9.49 Enotria&Coe

Azamor, Petit Verdot 2011, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Red apple skin and macerated red fruits with hints of cough-drop volatility, though elegant in body with ripe tannins,’ said consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet, while Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel found: ‘Blueberries and cardamom spice with a vanilla coffee bean, savoury palate.’

£12.30 Liberty Wines

Herdade Monte do Vau, Riso de Sousa Otto & Friends 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Great balance and length, fantastic fruit/acid balance and a long finish,’ began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, with team leader Jade Koch adding: ‘Creamy fruit, lovely texture and plummy character.’

£11.55 Herdade Monte do Vau

Herdade Monte do Vau, Riso Reserva de Sousa Otto & Friends 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Funky nose with liquorice spice, purple fruit palate that’s clean, bright, very pure and alive,’ said team leader Jade Koch, adding: ‘Good fruit, acid and tannin balance. Refreshing.' 'Deep cedar and spicy notes, layered and dense,' said consultant Sam Caporn MW, advising a match with lamb shoulder.

£18.58 Herdade Monte do Vau

Aliança, Baga 2009, Bairrada, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Lots of oak but fresh fruit too. Big, but high acidity keeping the wine fresh on the palate, with a firm structure,’ commented The Jugged Hare’s Guillaume Mahaut. ‘Fragrant, with apple and blackberry pudding character,’ added consultant Sam Caporn MW.

£12.25 Boutinot

D Diniz, Monte da Ravasqueira, Tinto 2013, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Spicy, clove aromas with black fruit and raspberry on the nose and palate, medium bodied with good tannin. Easy drinking,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House. ‘Delightful cherry fruit, a great point of difference and fab with duck,’ added team leader Jade Koch.

£12.95 Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

D Diniz, Monte da Ravasqueira, Touriga Franca 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Great weight and intensity with minerality, a very well-made wine,’ said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, with Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House adding: ‘Spice, chocolate and dark fruit, full and dark intensity and balance.’

£27.95 Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

D Diniz, Monte da Ravasqueira, Syrah/Viognier 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

With consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet finding ‘beautiful oak, very well integrated and perfect balance’, team leader Annette Scarfe MW noted: ‘Big, juicy style, expressive and well made, very approachable.’

£27.95 Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

Quinta de Lemos, Touriga Nacional 2009, Dão, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Wonderful concentration, a real joy, with some dark spice notes and complexity,’ said impressed team leader Angela Reddin, with consultant Sam Caporn MW adding: ‘Lovely liquorice and fennel notes, characterful yet drinkable and balanced.'

£13.00 Quinta de Lemos UK

Herdade dos Coelheiros, Roda dos Coelhos 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Smoky, meaty nose with bramble fruit and grenadine on the palate, spicy with ripe tannins,’ said consultant sommelier Christophe Richelet. ‘Fruity, dense and spicy, with candied fruit really intense with bright fruit,’ agreed Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone.

£5.13 Marta Vine

Quinta de Lemos, Dona Georgina 2007, Dão, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘Creamy and tight on the nose, but much more expressive structurally, with fruit and spice coming out on the palate,’ commented consultant Donald Edwards, with Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare adding: ‘Blueberries and violets, with lots of oak and structure.’

£22.00 Quinta de Lemos UK

Quinta da Plansel, Plansel Selecta Tinto 2013, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone found ‘dense structure, red berries and herbaceousness’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW highlighted its ‘savoury style, fresh acidity, and good value food wine appeal’.

£7.07 Enotria&Coe

Casa da Passarella, Abanico, Reserva Tinto 2010, Dão, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘Lovely fragrant oak, well integrated and attractive. Classy wine, though more fruit would be good,’ said consultant Sam Caporn MW. ‘Juicy blueberry and cassis, rich and velvety,’ added Guillaume Mahaut of The Jugged Hare.

£11.55 Enotria&Coe

Sogrape, Quinta dos Carvalhais, Touriga Nacional 2012, Dão, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘A quite traditional Portuguese style, with interesting, clean and precise fruit, lovely lingering flavour and a touch austere,’ said Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. ‘Freshness and definition, quite big and beefy still,’ added team leader Martin Lam.

£12.88 Sogrape UK

D Diniz, Monte da Ravasqueira, Reserva Tinto 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘A bit closed on the nose, but with hints of blackcurrant and eucalyptus, with a medicinal blackcurrant note on the palate and fine long tannins,’ began team leader Jade Koch, adding: ‘Chewy, good and long, this will improve with age.’

£16.95 Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

D Diniz, Monte da Ravasqueira, Vinha das Romãs 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘Multi-layered, with toasty oak complexity and concentrated fruit,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Mya Brown of Vinoteca Marylebone finding: ‘Velvety finish with lush, soft, fine tannin.’

£24.95 Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies

Herdade dos Coelheiros, Vinha da Tapada de Coelheiros 2011, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘Dusty, damson dark fruit on the nose, medium-bodied with cranberry and blueberry notes, good complexity and tannins,’ said Mark Graham of Butlers Wharf Chop House. ‘Attractive, tangy red, for all kinds of red meat dishes,’ added Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering.

£5.90 Marta Vine

Herdade dos Coelheiros, Encante Tinto 2013, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

‘More serious, grainy, oaky style but plenty of fruit, and very attractive,’ began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, with Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at The InterContinental Hotel finding: ‘Iron mineral character, orange candied peel and full body.’

£6.26 Marta Vine

Falcon Land, Rocha Rosa 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

Richard Brooks of Caroline Catering ‘loved it’, highlighting its: ‘Lovely, balanced richness and ripeness and loads of warmth on the palate.’ ‘Smoky plum aromas, savoury spice and dried cherries on the palate,’ added team leader Jade Koch.

£6.45 Falcon Wine

Casa da Passarella, A Descoberta, Colheita Tinto 2011, Dão, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£8.08 Enotria&Coe

Comenda, Grande Red 2011, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£7.69 Lusificar

Quinta da Plansel, Plansel Selecta, Reserva 2013, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£10.62 Enotria&Coe

Ribafreixo, Pato Frio, Red Edition 2012, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£7.87 Enotria&Coe

Quinta de Lemos, Jaen 2007, Dão, Portugal

Commended medal winner

 

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