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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > SPAIN: Catalonia, Including Priorat

Winner Details

 Spain: Catalonia, Including Priorat 

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 1 Bronze: 3 Commended: 6
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 4 Bronze: 5 Commended: 5

Spain’s north-east has a wide range of styles on offer from unchallenging ‘Sunday driver with Phil Collins on the CD player’ to ‘full-throttle, high octane, rubber-burning drag racer’. As such, it can be a tricky area to judge for our tasters, who often aren’t quite sure what they are looking for.

But it produced a similar performance to last year, with two good Golds and some interesting extra medals a bit further down the price scale. When it gets it right there’s no question that it can add something a bit different to the Gold List.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘I didn’t expect any medals from the whites to be honest, but there were medals at the top end – and they still offered good value for money. They all had good definition and purity, profundity and depth.’ Oliver Marie, team leader

‘All the whites were in a bigger style, but some were very aromatic, and some were much more mineral.’ Jonathan Kleeman, Social Eating House

‘These are individual, enjoyable wines that people could fall in love with for their original character. People punish this area for having too much oak, but it was very nicely handled. These are modern wines not traditional Spanish wines.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘The whites were my best flight of the day. It’s a very interesting style.’ Aurélien Constant, Galvin La Chapelle

Award winners

Found 12 wines

Spain: Catalonia, including Priorat

Parés Baltà, Blanc de Pacs, Penedès, 2015, Catalonia , Spain

Gold medal winner

A great food wine, according to team leader Olivier Marie, who said: 'Aromatic, with slightly floral expression, Muscat-like rose petal and lychee fruit with an exotic finish. Light body but nice fresh acidity.' Charles Van Wyk of FJB Collection agreed, enjoying its 'lovely mouthfeel and lingering finish', while team leader Hamish Anderson focused on the fragrance, saying: 'Very perfumed, fresh and floral, this is tight, bright and good. Exotic but well balanced.'

£8.35 Top Selection Ltd

Franck Massard, Huellas, Priorat, 2011, Catalonia , Spain

Gold medal winner

Fragrance, length and freshness propelled Franck Massard to the Gold podium with this wine with its lovely, lively spice. 'There's notes of leathery oak on the nose and a finely balanced palate of ripe black fruits and elegant, fine-grained tannins, and a good, long finish,' said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, while Alan Brady of Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens noted 'violet perfume, solid fruits and warm spice'.

£20.29 Enotria&Coe

Castell del Remei, Oda, Costers del Segre, 2013, Catalonia , Spain

Silver medal winner

Youthful now, but still a deliciously rich food wine. 'Generous, ripe red fruits and cedar aromas, and the palate is rich and succulent, with ripe, cooked fruit, some tight tannins but punchy acidity,' said team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£10.70 Boutinot

Tomàs Cusiné, Vilosell, Costers del Segre, 2013, Catalonia , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Fruity and ripe, with red fruit and darker forest fruits on a well-balanced palate, giving great value for money,' said Michaela Večeřová of Galvin La Chapelle. 'Deliciously fruity with supple tannins,' added team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

£11.25 Bibendum Wine

Cellers Unió, Llicorella Clàssic, Priorat, 2010, Catalonia , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Black fruit, cherry and spice on the nose, followed by a spicy, oaky, well-balanced palate with plenty of tannin. A foodie wine,' said Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW noted 'sumptuous red cherry fruit, balanced by a punch of acid, powerful, generous and appealing'.

£9.04 Buckingham Schenk

Castell del Remei, Gotim Bru, Costers del Segre, 2013, Catalonia , Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Floral and redcurrant fruit aromas, bright and punchy on the palate with just a bit of rustic character,' began team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW, continuing: 'Dried herbs, redcurrants and a squeeze of lemon, finishing equally bold.' An excellent value-for-money option.

£6.95 Boutinot

Agrícola Fuster, La Báscula, Catalan Eagle, Organic, Garnacha Blanca/Viognier, Terra Alta, 2015, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.85 Boutinot

Franck Massard , Humilitat, Priorat , 2012, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£13.60 Enotria&Coe

Agrícola Fuster, La Báscula, No Stone Unturned, Garnacha/Cariñena, Terra Alta, 2013, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.50 Boutinot

Herencia Altés, La Serra Negre, Terra Alta , 2012, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£20.70 Matthew Clark

Celler Cairats, Cairats, Montsant, 2014, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

Herencia Altés, Garnatxa Negra, Terra Alta, 2013, Catalonia , Spain

Commended medal winner

£7.12 Matthew Clark