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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > Douro - Red

Winner Details

Portugal: Red, Douro

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 4 Bronze: 1 Commended: 9
2015 Gold: 4 Silver: 4 Bronze: 1 Commended: 5

Asking someone about their attitude to tannin, is rather like asking them how gung-ho they are with investments? Are they tannin averse? Skin contact confident? Or perhaps they prefer a balanced option. Such things matter with Douro reds, where the ability to strip tooth enamel is very much part of the conversation. Key to success seemed to be the ability to pair the ‘grunt’ with a bit of floral perfume and plenty of fruit.

Since the Douro is not a cheap place to make wine, there were slim pickings sub-£10. But our tasters worked on the assumption that, since this is a hand-sell area anyway, they might as well go long when it came to pricing, and none of the cheaper wines got past Silver.

Four Golds here last year was, frankly, slightly indulgent, so this year’s drop to two should be seen less as a failure and more as a return to normality. A bit like returning home after a week in a posh hotel and realising that you still have to do the washing up occasionally.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘To get something that’s really ready to drink you probably need to pay quite a lot. Are guests willing to pay £40-£50 on a list? I’m not sure.’ Sue Jones, The Harrow at Little Bedwyn

‘They were well structured and well made. The tannins were mostly velvety, only one or two were a bit chunkier.’ Damon Little, Restaurant Nathan Outlaw

‘Many of these were a bit too hard. They’d get better in two to three years, but that’s not a lot of use to a restaurant.’ Ed Verrill, Vinoteca King’s Cross

‘If someone asked me for a Malbec, I’d offer them this as an option. It’s fresher and more interesting. Great for an asado or a Sunday roast.’ Piotr Tomaszewski, JKS Restaurants

Award winners

Found 16 wines

Portugal: Red, Douro Valley

Quinta do Vallado, Reserva, Field Blend, 2012, Douro , Portugal

Gold medal winner

Another Gold for Quinta do Vallado with this inky, deep, brooding wine. 'Nicely integrated, with red fruits and plum fruit characters and a spicy finish,' said Marco Marcuzzo of Skylon, while Ed Verrill of Vinoteca King's Cross found it 'refined and elegant'. 'This sings out to you on the nose, with great rounded oak and spice,' said Bar 44's Owen Morgan.

£22.75 Bibendum Wine

Quinta do Vallado, Touriga Nacional, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

Great balance, a 'burst of damson, cassis and kirsch' plus class gave Quinta do Vallado not just Gold but a Critics' Choice Trophy. 'Full of liquorice, cocoa, tobacco and farmyard aromas which are reflected in the palate,' said Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross at Kenilworth. 'Savoury, earthy and luscious style,' agreed Sue Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, with Trangallán's Xabier Álvarez-Valdés saying succinctly: 'Amazing. Character. Terroir.'

£18.32 Bibendum Wine

Quinta do Noval, Tinto, 2008, Douro , Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Deep, deep purple with red and black fruit aromas, sweet fruits and white pepper on the palate,' noted team leader Tom Forrest, while Piotr Tomaszewski of JKS Restaurants enjoyed its 'cherry and plum, medium body and quite dry, lavender notes'.

£18.00 González Byass

Sogevinus, Curva, 2012, Douro , Portugal

Silver medal winner

Giancarlo Cuccuru of Brackenbury Wine Rooms enjoyed this wine's 'cherry and chocolate with a little spice' aromas, also noting its 'liquorice, juicy but balanced palate'. 'Cherryish, fresh and good value,' agreed Piotr Tomaszewski of JKS Restaurants.

£5.88 Amathus

Sogrape, Casa Ferreirinha, Quinta da Leda, Tinto, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Rounded and elegant wine, with cherry and plum fruits on the nose, chewy fruit but good balance on the palate,' said Piotr Tomaszewski of JKS Restaurants. 'Sweet, stewy nose with liquorice spice and chunky redcurrant palate,' added team leader Tom Forrest.

£21.96 Sogrape UK

Quinta do Crasto, Reserva, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Soft red and black fruits with floral violet aromas, big tannins and peppery spice,' commented team leader Tom Forrest, while Brackenbury Wine Rooms' Giancarlo Cuccuru found it 'crunchy, enjoyable and luscious'.

£15.65 Enotria&Coe

Sogevinus, Curva, Reserva, 2011, Douro , Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'Appealing, with lovely, fragrant oak, liquorice and black fruit on the palate,' said team leader Sam Caporn MW, while Skylon's Marco Marcuzzo highlighted its 'integrated oak and savoury tobacco notes'.

£9.85 Amathus

Horta Osório, HO, Achado, Tinto, 2012, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£8.47 Please contact winery for further information

Sogevinus, Veedha, 2012, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£6.60 Amathus

Sogrape, Casa Ferreirinha, Papa Figos, Tinto, 2014, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£6.82 Sogrape UK

Ramos Pinto, Duas Quintas, Tinto, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Ramos Pinto, Duas Quintas, Reserva, Tinto, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Sogrape, Casa Ferreirinha, Esteva, Tinto, 2014, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£5.90 Sogrape UK

Sogrape, Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande, Tinto, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£7.79 Sogrape UK

Quinta do Crasto , Crasto, Superior, 2013, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£11.51 Enotria&Coe

Quinta do Crasto , Crasto, Red, 2014, Douro , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£9.23 Enotria&Coe