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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > SPAIN: Rest of Spain

Winner Details

Rest of Spain

2016 Gold: 4 Silver: 4 Bronze: 5 Commended: 11
2015 Gold: 5 Silver: 3 Bronze: 9 Commended: 14

If southern Spain ought to be able to do one thing, it’s to provide good value for money. And this was exactly the case here in 2016. The overall Gold count might have been down on last year’s record year, but it was still a better-than-average performance for these southern regions of España.

With the exception of our two medal-winning blancos (particularly the amazingly well-priced Acantus Sauvignon) the whites were (as usual) generally less impressive than the reds. But here, as well as a lot of wines with too much oak, alcohol and rusticity – which were swiftly removed – there were some real gems at knock-down prices. It was good to see.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘In Spanish they often say the wines have emotion, and when you taste these you can see that. They have a lot to say.’ Peter McDaid, Spring

‘Although the wine trade has fallen out of love with overtly oaky wines, there’s a lot of people that still enjoy them. You need to make concessions to these customers, and Spain’s not a bad place to look.’ Natasha Hughes MW, team leader

‘I found it a bit disappointing. They’ve stayed on this “rustico” style that for me is too warm, and not really harmonious. It’s not the kind of wine that you want to drink a second glass of.’ Xabier Álvarez-Valdés, Trangallán

“The wines wear their heart on their sleeves – you’ll feel strongly one way or the other.” Charlie Young, team leader

FOOTNOTE: Includes wines from Jumilla, Utiel-Requena, Castilla & Mallorca.

Award winners

Found 24 wines

Spain: Rest of Spain

Casa del Valle, Acantus, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Gold medal winner Pub & Bar

Remarkable value alongside engaging flavours gave Casa del Valle a Pub & Bar Trophy. 'Citrus, peach skin nose, consistent flavours on the palate with a spritz on the tongue. Good length and nicely made,' said team leader Angela Reddin, with The French Table's Sarah Guignard picking up on the 'herbaceous nose, slight bite and great weight'.

£4.37 C&D Wines

Casa Rojo, MMM, Macho Man Monastrell, 2013, Jumilla , Spain

Gold medal winner

'Bold and expressive on the nose but very smooth in texture on the palate,' began consultant Sumita Sarma, continuing: 'Leather, tobacco and cedar combine with toasty oak and spices for a beautifully complex, fruit-driven and very concentrated red, that shows great structure and balance in all its elements.' 'Bold style with cranberry, pot pourri herbs, minerals and dried flowers,' added Spring's Peter McDaid.

£11.45 Matthew Clark

Finca Constancia, Parcela 12, Tierra de Castilla, 2013, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Gold medal winner

Poise, balance and a delicate complexity gave Finca Constancia Gold. 'It's a lovely bright garnet colour, with plum and ground pepper in the centre and a soft candy finish,' said Nelio Pinto of Candlesticks Hotel & Restaurant. Meanwhile Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu commented: 'Spicy, violet, herby and floral aromas, full-bodied, easy-drinking, ripe and juicy style with spicy tannins. Good value,' and Vinoteca's Zigmars Grinbergs added: 'There's some sweet spice alongside the red berry fruit.'

£7.99 González Byass

Contralto, Calle Principal, Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Gold medal winner

Sheer quaffability plus a great price took Contralto to the top. 'Bursting with blueberry fruit on the nose, generous and opulent with soft tannic structure on the palate, a really good food wine,' began Harry Crowther of M Restaurants, with Michael Moore of Moore Show Cuisine finding it 'smooth and rich with clean berry fruit, and well suited to roast beef or smoked roast lamb'.

£4.26 C&D Wines

Artiga-Fustel, Mariona, Blanco, 2015, Alicante , Spain

Silver medal winner

'Grapey, Muscat nose with a touch of spice and a pithy feel in the mouth,' began team leader Angela Reddin, with MIchael Fiducia of Drake's Restaurant adding: 'Elegant nose with citrus peel and rounded flavours on the palate.'

£6.97 Enotria&Coe

Luzón, Altos de Luzón, 2011, Jumilla , Spain

Silver medal winner

'Jammy, dark aromas on a fruit-driven nose, followed by decent structure with brambly fruit, grainy tannins and integrated oak,' said The Tate Group's Hamish Anderson' adding: 'Traditional but successful, rustic in a good way.'

£11.98 Please contact winery for further information

Artiga-Fustel, Mas Delmera, Monastrell Reserva, 2009, Jumilla , Spain

Silver medal winner

Team leader Natasha Hughes MW found 'jammy dried fruit character and firm, grippy tannins', while Harry Crowther of M Restaurants noted 'nice primary and secondary fruit development, good length and persistence'.

£7.97 Enotria&Coe

Hacienda del Carche, Taus, Joven, 2014, Jumilla , Spain

Silver medal winner

'Perfumed, meaty and floral notes on the nose, followed by a velvety-textured palate with rich tannins and a nicely balanced finish,' said team leader Natasha Hughes MW, while Harry Crowther of M Restaurants noted its 'earthy complexity'.

£6.05 Perfect Cellar

Mesquida Mora, Trispol, 2013, Mallorca , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Floral and fragrant on the nose with blackberry fruit,' began Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu, going on: 'Very dry tannins, full bodied and concentrated, but a really lively palate with a lot of character and very long length. Needs time, but can be decanted.'

£16.63 Enotria&Coe

Félix Solís Avantis, Caliza, Shiraz/Merlot/Tempranillo, 2015, La Mancha , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Vibrant, spicy and fresh on the nose, strong red and black fruit with full-on acidity, a great entry-level red,' said team leader Charlie Young, with Hamish Anderson of The Tate Group adding: 'Remarkable value for money, blackberry with a dusting of spice and tannin.'

£4.35 Matthew Clark

Aranleón, El Arbol, 2011, Valencia , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Juicy and rich, with heavy oak to support plenty of fruit,' began Harry Crowther of M Restaurants, with team leader Natasha Hughes MW adding: 'Rich, traditional style with firm tannins, strawberry fruit and tobacco spice.'

£11.52 Please contact winery for further information

Cherubino Valsangiacomo, Bobal de Sanjuan, Tinto, 2013, Utiel-Requena , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Very savoury, with meaty, tobacco notes on the nose, fresh on the palate with a silky texture. Unusual but earns its credit,' said 67 Pall Mall's Enikő Heidenwolf, while team leader Martin Lam noted: 'Dark and meaty nose, quite a mouthful, but drinks well in this style.'

£7.25 Bibendum Wine

Maximo, Garnacha, Tierra de Castilla, 2013, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Funky on the nose, with crunchy red fruit and creamy notes on a rustic palate,' began team leader Martin Lam, with Matthieu Longuère MS of Le Cordon Bleu adding: 'Floral, with ripe, dark berries on the nose, spicy and garrigue herb notes with juicy fruit. Really good value.'

£5.08 Cockburn & Campbell

Mesquida Mora , Sincronia Blanc, Organic, 2014, Mallorca , Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.84 Enotria&Coe

Finca Constancia , Parcela 52, Tierra de Castilla, 2014, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Commended medal winner

Contralto, Calle Principal, Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.26 C&D Wines

In the Mood for Wine, Chulapa, 2010, Vinos de Madrid , Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.35 Please contact winery for further information

Maetierra, Tesoro de Castilla, Tempranillo, 2015, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Commended medal winner

Castaño, Hécula, Monastrell, Yecla, 2014, Murcia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.50 Liberty Wines

Contralto, Calle Principal, Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Castilla-La Mancha , Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.26 C&D Wines

Finca Antigua, Petit Verdot, 2011, La Mancha , Spain

Commended medal winner

Artiga-Fustel , Mariona, Alicante Bouschet , 2015, Alicante , Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.97 Enotria&Coe

Aranleón, Sólo Tinto, 2013, Utiel-Requena , Spain

Commended medal winner

£9.87 Matthew Clark

Vegalfaro, Rebel.lia, Organic Tinto, 2014, Utiel-Requena , Spain

Commended medal winner