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Winner Details

New World: Other Red Varietals & Blends

2016 Gold: 7 Silver: 17 Bronze: 9 Commended: 17
2015 Gold: 3 Silver: 17 Bronze: 9 Commended: 18


The medal count for this category was eerily similar to last year’s, with one notable exception: the number of Golds, which was way up on 2015. This big rise didn’t just keep the groundhog away either, it was further proof of an ongoing improvement in this section of the competition.

Two or three years ago, the drop-out rate here was roughly akin to a Parisian university in the 1960s, but last year we saw stirrings of better winemaking and that theme carried on this year.

Yes, of course there were issues with oak, sweet fruit and (to a lesser extent) alcohol, particularly in the early rounds. And no, the lovely Bouchon Pais excepted, this probably isn’t the place to go looking for a nice delicate red to go with fish. But there was much better balance – and much less ego – across the board than we’re used to, and that was very much seen by our tasting panels as A Good Thing.

Most of the wines were a) from Chile and Argentina, and b) unusual, multivarietal blends of the sort that demand a recently slaughtered – and barely cooked – cow, so it’s hard to generalise too much. But one definite stand-out reason for optimism this year was the sudden presence of Maule.

With its old-vine Paises and Carignans it can bring more than sheer concentration and oak. It added something to a part of the competition that is capable of bringing real extra interest to your list.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘I often put this category on the list as the wines are big, ripe, fruity and often not wildly expensive. And it is nice to offer people big wines by the glass.’ Charles Pashby-Taylor, Dabbous

‘Very hard work – there was too much “winemaking”. The pleasure factor was missing.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘These are the wines we’d sell at a steak restaurant. Californian Cabernets are our staple, so it is nice to have something that competes with that and offers something a bit different.’ Scott Levy, Smith & Wollensky London

‘A rubbish flight! Lots of sweet fruit. It was more satisfactory at the cheaper end; at the higher end there was too much playing with oak.’ Xavier Rousset MS, Blandford Comptoir

‘These are big, attention-seeking wines. The best were juicy, funky, full-bodied reds, very good wine list wines.’ James Hocking, The Vineyard Group

‘Some people are finding these bigger styles a bit old-fashioned now. But there is still a big market for them. They need food, but generally there were a lot of well-made wines.’ Annette Scarfe MW, team leader

‘They all had good purity of fruit – but they need to think about the freshness. It’s nice to have mouthfeel, but could people drink a second or third glass?’ Michael Best, WSET

Award winners

Found 50 wines

New World: Other red varietals & blends

Salentein, Numina, Malbec/Merlot, 2012, Uco Valley, Mendoza , Argentina

Gold medal winner

Concentration and squashy, friendly fruit characterise this Gold Lister. 'Bold, juicy fruit with malty coffee notes and good tannin structure,' began Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky London, with Mauro Pirovano of New Street Grill also noting 'cranberry and strawberry juice, showing some evolution but decent balance', and Arnaud Fiol of The Sign of the Don adding: ‘Medium to full, well balanced with liquorice and spice.’

£18.43 Matthew Clark

El Esteco, Chañar Punco, 2012, Salta , Argentina

Gold medal winner

Power and a deft spicing added up to an elegant Gold Lister. 'An intense expression of rich fruit, tannin and mouth-filling full body that must be paired with the most robust of foods,' advised Michael Best of WSET, adding: 'Powerful and dark fruit filled, with a coffee and smoke-infused nosed. Tons of flavour.' Will evolve further with time.

£30.82 Enotria&Coe

Santa Ana, Unánime, La Mascota, 2011, Mendoza , Argentina

Gold medal winner

A big wine with a long finish, Santa Ana struck Gold. 'A big, plush, ripe wine,' began team leader Annette Scarfe MW, continuing: 'Ripe and juicy, with a raisined style.' 'Very fruit-driven style, good aromatics,' added James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, with 67 Pall Mall's Gareth Ferreira adding: 'The black fruit and juicy ripe tannin is well balanced and well integrated.'

£12.82 Enotria&Coe

Oveja Negra, The Lost Barrel, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Gold medal winner

Good complexity, structure and balance propelled The Lost Barrel to the Gold List. Consultant Sumita Sarma said: 'Black fruits with medicinal, herbal, peppery, herbaceous aromas, a meaty palate with tobacco, coffee and dark chocolate notes. Developed flavours in a full-bodied, expressive wine,' while Michael Fiducia of Drake's Restaurant said: 'Concentrated dried fruit nose, with supple fruit and decent length.'

£19.00 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

J Bouchon, País Salvaje, 2015, Maule Valley , Chile

Gold medal winner

'Tangy and joyful', 'delicate and bright' – no wonder Bouchon scored Gold. 'A summer red, ideal for chilling,' began team leader Anne Krebiehl MW, continuing: 'Very fragrant, spicy, soft and individual.' 'Plush soft texture, slightly green tannins but well balanced with ripe fruit concentration and a floral edge,' said Avenue Restaurant's Andrés Ituarte, concluding: 'Expressive for the price.'

£9.65 Bancroft Wines

MontGras, Ninquén, Antu, Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère, 2013, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Gold medal winner

'A foodie wine,' said Caroline Catering's Richard Brooks, illustrating the versatility that won MontGras Gold. Stefan Kobald of Social Wine & Tapas noted its 'Ribena-like cassis fruit, spicy tar and vanilla oak on the nose, with baking spices and green notes on a minty palate', while team leader Tom Forrest commented on its 'soft, squashy palate' and 'herbal red fruit finish'.

£9.97 Enotria&Coe

Trefethen, Dragon's Tooth, 2012, Napa Valley, California , USA

Gold medal winner

Richness and concentration led Trefethen to the Gold List. Team leader Andrea Briccarello found it 'big and structured, with leafy spice and blackberry notes', while Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky London highlighted its 'rich, fruit-forward style and nice, dry palate', and Piotr Tomaszewski said: 'The wild forest fruit, black and blue berry fruits dominate. It's very well balanced.' Match with steak, roast lamb, or duck.

£26.00 Daniel Lambert Wines

Accolade Wines, Flagstone, Longitude, 2014, Western Cape , South Africa

Silver medal winner

A 'simple quaffer', said team leader Natasha Hughes MW of this Shiraz/Cab/Malbec blend with a long finish, highlighting its 'smoky, juicy red cherry with bright acid and supple tannin'. 'Fruity, soft and easy to drink,' agreed The Savoy's Erik Simonics.

£6.70 Matthew Clark

Vistalba, Corte A, 2013, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Great nose, well balanced with fresh berries and preserved fruits, dates,' began Luca Campi of Plateau Restaurant of this Malbec/Cab/Bonarda blend, continuing: 'Smooth palate, juicy acidity, creamy texture and great length. Very elegant.' While some felt this was still young, team leader Angela Reddin noted the 'inky, deep Christmas cake aromas'.

£24.48 Enotria&Coe

Carmen, Gran Reserva, Petite Sirah, 2012, Maipo Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Ripe fruit and chocolate character on a medium-length palate with chewy tannins,' began Chantal Serrano of The Cinnamon Club, with team leader Andrea Briccarello also noting 'deep spicy notes, leafy undertones and blueberry fruit'.

£10.06 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Decero, Amano, 2013, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Deep blueberry and blackberry fruit compote aromas, savoury, juicy and complex on the palate,' said team leader Andrea Briccarello, with New Street Grill's Mauro Pirovano noting its 'big, full body with fresh fruit and coffee and chocolate aftertaste'.

£23.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Redheads Studio, Return of The Living Red, NV, South Australia , Australia

Silver medal winner

WSET's Michael Best found this wine 'classy and powerful, with a beautiful ripeness, richness and purity of fruit', while team leader Jade Koch found 'wild berries and leather on a long, elegant palate', recommending it would be 'good with game'.

£24.00 Direct Wines Production

Viu Manent, ViBo, Vinedo Centenario, 2011, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Black fruits covered with dark chocolate, complemented by spice and leather on the palate, with good balance and a long finish,' said Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don of this Cabernet/Malbec/Petit Verdot blend. 'Steely, with a good minerality and good tannins,' added Jonathan Kleeman of Social Eating House.

£10.31 Louis Latour Agencies

El Esteco, Finca Notables, Tannat, 2013, Salta , Argentina

Silver medal winner

A characterful range of flavours for Mauro Pirovano of New Street Grill, who said: 'Blood orange and mandarin zest with celery and pepper notes, rounder in the mouth, velvety in texture but still tannic on the finish.' 'Big, plummy, chocolatey notes, nicely fruit driven,' added Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky London.

£15.14 Enotria&Coe

Siegel, Unique Selection, 2012, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Capsicum and white pepper aromas with damson and cassis notes,' began Charles Pashby-Taylor of Dabbous, adding: 'Ripe fruit and firm tannins on the palate with a structured finish.' Team leader Jade Koch also found 'interesting notes of eucalyptus, bay, tomato, olive and bell pepper'.

£12.50 Addison Wines

Pérez Cruz, Chaski, Petit Verdot, 2012, Maipo Alto , Chile

Silver medal winner

A style that split the panel, with team leader Natasha Hughes MW finding it 'juicy with lovely red fruit, big and bold with ripe tannins and a decent finish', and Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental noting: 'Fresh eucalyptus with flowers and spices shares the stage with dark fruit, with hints of smoke and flint.'

£16.81 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Chilensis, Lazuli, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant enjoyed 'lots of ripe, jammy fruit, woody tannins and sweet vanilla, which make this a lovely choice for meat'. 'Mellow, big and ripe with much fruit and chocolate notes,' said team leader Anne Krebiehl MW.

£16.97 Please contact winery for further information

Volcanes de Chile, Parinacota, Limited Edition, Syrah/Carignan, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Intense and full bodied, a powerful and bold expression,' said consultant Sumita Sarma, going on: 'Complex flavours of coffee, tobacco, cedar and leather with vanilla, clove spice and black pepper. Fruit-driven red to go with meats.' 'Solid, ripe, spicy, with good honest juicy fruit. Relaxed,' concluded team leader Simon Woods.

£15.16 Stone Vine & Sun

Apaltagua, Colección, Limited Edition, Carignan, 2013, Maule Valley , Chile

Silver medal winner

'Ripe, jammy black fruits with moderate oak influence, drinking well now, medium tannins and long length,' said Andrés Ituarte of Avenue Restaurant, while team leader Anne Krebiehl MW noted: 'Oak and tar, full on, but bursting with vibrant, soft fruit.'

£11.45 Anthony Byrne Fine Wines

Pascual Toso, Finca Pedregal, Barrancas, 2014, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Impressive, with its silky dark red fruits and dark fruit spice and not over-extracted – a trophy wine!' said team leader Martin Lam of this Cabernet/Malbec blend, while Vittorio Gentile of Theo Randall at the InterContinental found it a 'big gun, very full with a very promising, complex nose and jammy complexity on the palate'. Definitely one for decanting.

£25.95 Please contact winery for further information

Pascual Toso, Magdalena Toso, Barrancas, 2012, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Great presence on the nose, with lots of tobacco, leather and spicy oak,' began Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don, continuing: 'Palate shows chocolate, minty black cherry and spice with black berry notes. Balanced tannins, long and consistent finish.' 'Voluptuous, complex and long,' agreed team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£41.30 Please contact winery for further information

Garzón, Tannat, 2014, Maldonado, Uruguay , Other

Silver medal winner

'Sweet aromas of black plum and candied fruits,' said Stefan Kobald of Social Wine & Tapas, 'with vanilla and cinnamon on the palate. Heavy extraction but it's enjoyable, with medium alcohol and dry tannins.' 'Smoky and savoury, like a spicy cherry bomb,' said team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£10.65 Bibendum Wine

Filus, MCC, 2012, Uco Valley, Mendoza , Argentina

Silver medal winner

'Fresh style with mint leaf and black chocolate, Indian spices and pine notes on the palate, good balance and a great finish,' said Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don. 'Lovely ripe fruit, beautiful use of oak,' added team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£18.52 Perfect Cellar

Peace Wine Estate, Swan Hill, Shiraz/Malbec, 2013, Victoria , Australia

Silver medal winner

'A rounded red with nice balance for the price,' began Luca Campi of Plateau Restaurant, adding: 'Soft tannins, outstanding value.' 'Ripe, clean fruit,' said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group.

£4.65 Kingsland

Chronic Cellars, Suite Petite, Paso Robles, 2014, California , USA

Bronze medal winner

'Rich and jammy fruit on the nose, more bold jamminess on the palate but has good structure with a slight burnt flavour in the background,' said Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky London. 'Black berries and plums with notes of violet and strawberry,' added team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£10.75 Majestic Commercial

Tabalí, Limited Edition, Reserva Syrah/Carmenère, 2013, Limarí Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Lovely, lively fruit aromas of cherry with vanilla and earthy, bloody tones,' began Laurent Richet MS of Restaurant Sat Bains, adding: 'Menthol notes and great ripeness of fruit on the palate.'

£9.02 Please contact winery for further information

Emiliana, Coyam, 2012, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Cherry fruit with notes of chocolate and coffee, prominent tannins showing potential to develop. Needs decanting at this stage,' said Mauro Pirovano of New Street Grill, while team leader Andrea Briccarello noted 'raspberry and strawberry fruit compote with spicy blueberry and plum notes'.

£13.10 Boutinot

Oveja Negra, Reserva, Malbec/Petit Verdot, 2014, Maule Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Very easy to like, a great-value all-rounder,' began team leader Anne Krebiehl MW, with consultant Sumita Sarma adding: 'Full of black fruit, pepper, mint and herbs, fruit-driven and luscious on the palate.'

£8.00 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Ventisquero, Grey, GCM, 2014, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Very well balanced, with red, blue and black berry complexity on nose and palate, low tannin and a very pleasing finish,' said Luca Campi of Plateau Restaurant.

£11.21 Bibendum Wine

Undurraga, TH Rarities, Cauquenes, Garnacha/Cariñena/Monastrell, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Bronze medal winner

'Big and mellow food wine,' began consultant Sumita Sarma, continuing: 'Harmonious blend of black fruit and acidity, complex with good structure, expressive and concentrated.'

£13.43 Please contact winery for further information

Lethbridge, Pinot Meunier, 2014, Victoria , Australia

Bronze medal winner

'Bright, rosy tea with Earl Grey notes, then a combination of Turkish delight aromatics with bright bell peppers on the palate, in a bright, energetic and elegant style,' said team leader Jade Koch.

£18.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Masi Tupungato, Corbec, Appassimento, 2010, Mendoza , Argentina

Bronze medal winner

James Hocking of The Vineyard Group found 'deep, dense, cocoa/chocolate and spice notes, quite understated but good spice character', while Rudina Arapi of Galvin at Windows felt it was 'full of dark cherry, full bodied, not ready yet but good potential to age'.

£16.61 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Esk Valley, Gimblett Gravels, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec, 2013, Hawkes Bay , New Zealand

Bronze medal winner

Xavier Rousset MS of Blandford Comptoir noted 'good structure and fruit, not overdone and all kept in line', while team leader Natasha Hughes MW found it 'rich and dark, tarry and quite firm with bright acid'.

£9.93 Hatch Mansfield

Bogle , Petite Sirah , 2013, Clarksburg/Lodi, California , USA

Commended medal winner

£10.20 Enotria&Coe

Accolade Wines, Flagstone, Dragon Tree, 2013, Western Cape , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£9.50 Matthew Clark

Delicato Family Vineyards , Gnarly Head, Petite Sirah, 2013, California , USA

Commended medal winner

£10.88 Bibendum Wine

Apaltagua, Tutunjian, Entre Valles, 2012, Maipo/Colchagua/Maule Valleys , Chile

Commended medal winner

Catena Zapata, Tilia, Bonarda, 2015, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

£7.39 Bibendum Wine

Morandé, Edición Limitada, Carignan, 2013, Loncomilla, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£12.95 Barwell & Jones

Decero, Petit Verdot, 2013, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

Argento , Bonarda, 2015, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

£7.02 Bibendum Wine

Montes, Outer Limits, CGM, 2013, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£15.95 Liberty Wines

Trapiche , Estacion 1883, Bonarda, 2013, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

£9.06 Enotria&Coe

Oveja Negra, Single Vineyard, Carignan, 2013, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Oveja Negra, Reserva, Cabernet Franc/Carmenère, 2014, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Finca Sophenia, Synthesis, The Blend, 2012, Tupungato, Mendoza , Argentina

Commended medal winner

Luis Felipe Edwards, 100, Cien, Carignan, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

J Bouchon, Canto Sur, Carmenère/Carignan/País, 2015, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Caliterra, DSTNTO, 2015, Colchagua Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Undurraga, TH, Carignan, 2012, Maule Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner