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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > HOUSE WINES: Red

Winner Details

House Wines: Red

2017 Gold: 9 Silver: 17 Bronze: 14 Commended: 33
2016 Gold: 4 Silver: 12 Bronze: 11 Commended: 26

As with the House Whites, so too for House Reds, with our teams happy, nay staggered, across the board at what they were trying in this key category.

The trend towards slightly lighter-style reds seems to be helping here. There were far fewer incidences of over-extracted, rasping tannins, and oak use – which has been in decline for a few years now – was really rather well judged. All in all, there was some exceptional value for money in here.

One interesting trend this year was the decline in French influence. Typically, the South has been a strong presence throughout the medals, but this year the top medal slots at least were more about the New World, with South Africa in particular putting in a strong performance.

As for macro trends? Shiraz, Malbec and Merlot (plus Spanish varieties) seem to be the grapes of choice; Cabernet (understandably) is now conspicuous by its absence at these levels.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Accessibility is the key. The wine has to be clean, ripe, technically perfect, with no greenness. Not necessarily interesting, but solid. So if we got a wine with a bit of character on top of that it really stood out.’ Giuseppe Longobardi, The 3A Pub Company

‘Sourcing house red is very difficult. You have to taste 60, 70, 80 wines before you can find the right wine.’ Tobias Brauweiler MS, Sake No Hana

‘Vintage is completely irrelevant. I’ve never had in 20 years people questioning the vintage on a house wine. The varietal character is more important than the vintage.’ Olivier Marie, team leader

‘The wines that didn’t get through tended not to have enough fruit. Either a bit green or rather flat.’ Laura Rhys MS, team leader

‘With house wine I’m looking for something that will appeal to a wide market. Some fell down because they were quite specific in style and a house wine should cover quite a lot of bases.’ Scott Levy, Smith & Wollensky

‘Only one of our flight felt chipped. There was less artifice in this category than I’ve noticed in the past.’ Simon Woods, team leader

‘The overall quality was the highest of any flight we tasted today. None of the wines were dirty or unclean. Some were jammy, but I think people like that as a quaffing style.’ Jade Koch, team leader

 

FOOTNOTE: The price limit for House Wine is £6 ex-VAT.

Award winners

Found 73 wines

House Wine: Red - <£6 ex-VAT

Cawston Cove, Shiraz 2015, Robertson, South Africa

Gold medal winner

A hat-trick after its two House White Golds, Broadland’s offering here had ‘bright red berry fruit on the nose, with soft and juicy fruit on the palate, a very quaffable red’, said consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates, with J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers noting its ‘simple, bramble fruit and pretty jammy character’. ‘Great with steak in the pub,’ said Charles Carron Brown of The Forest Side Grasmere.

£3.37 Broadland Wineries

Richland, The Black Shiraz 2015, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Gold medal winner

‘A smoky nose,’ began Street XO’s Raphael Thierry about Calabria’s Gold win, who highlighted its ‘intense cranberry flavour with good acid balance and floral notes on an inky finish’. Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer was impressed with ‘juicy black fruits and a menthol note, with a touch of white pepper’. A match, therefore, for steak pie, thought team leader Tom Forrest.

£5.50 Fuller's

Cono Sur, Los Gansos, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Gold medal winner

A Gold to go with its House White win, Cono Sur’s Merlot had, according to Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS, ‘crushed berries on a clean, fruity nose, with soft blueberry and blackberry and a structured finish’, while Harry Crowther of M Wine Store found it ‘savoury and meaty on the palate, restrained but complex’. This combined to make this a ‘fruit-forward, food-friendly and approachable wine, with good freshness’, according to team leader Annette Scarfe MW.

£5.06 CyT UK

Dehesa de Rubiales, Alaia, Prieto Picudo/Tempranillo/Merlot 2014, Castilla y León, Spain

Gold medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The 3A Pub Company appreciated this Gold Lister’s ‘cherry, liquorice and dry palate with light notes of forest floor’, while The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira liked its ‘good body and spice, leathery mushroom character and a bit of tannin’, and felt it would be ‘good to have on a list for the price, and can be competitive’. The Ned Hotel’s Giancarlo Cuccuru thought this would be ‘a popular choice with steak, but can also be enjoyed by itself’.

£5.79 Boutinot

Boutinot, Percheron, Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Gold medal winner

An effortless Gold, with ‘appealing style’, began James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, ‘with clean, fruity aromas and tons of vanilla, with cherry fruit and spice notes on the palate, and fresh acidity. Great value.’ ‘Dark, aromatic, berry nose, cherry fruit and nice balance,’ agreed team leader Martin Lam. ‘Red and blackberry fruit leading to a dry, mineral finish make this a good match for cured meats,’ added team leader Tom Forrest.

£4.98 Boutinot

Zorgvliet, Silver Myn, Argentum 2015, Banghoek, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Bold structure with a touch of earthiness won the day here for Zorgvliet, with ‘smoky oak on the nose, with blackberry and cherry fruit notes, fine tannins on a well-structured palate, and a long and textured finish’, said Sake No Hana’s Tobias Brauweiler MS. ‘Publicans, don’t miss this one,’ said La Trompette’s Tanguy Martin, adding: ‘Beautiful, vibrant acidity balances this nicely.’

£5.29 Boutinot

Riebeek Cellars, Shiraz 2016, Swartland, South Africa

Gold medal winner

‘Full-on, juicy berry fruit,’ began WSET’s Mike Best about the first of two Riebeek Cellars medal winners in this category, impressed that ‘even at this price it delivers some concentration and pleasant tannin/acid balance, which will work with or without food’. ‘Bright fruit, some meaty character and good value,’ agreed team leader Laura Rhys MS. ‘A grown-up wine, and terrific value for money,’ concluded Paris House’s Neil Tabraham.

£4.50 Fuller's

Kavaklidere, Sade, Oküzgözü 2015, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Gold medal winner

A juicy, fruit-forward character took this Turkish red to Gold. ‘Lots of fruit here, very primary aromas and good concentration on the palate,’ began Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán, with Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe highlighting its ‘cherries and plum on a fragrant nose, more red cherry with raspberry on a fruity palate, with a good, long finish’. ‘This would go well with roast chicken and gravy,’ thought Sumilier’s Sumi Sarma.

£6.00 Kavaklidere Saraplari

Man, Ou Kalant, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Coastal Region, South Africa

Gold medal winner

Taking Gold for its ‘interesting, spicy style, with nice mineral notes on the nose’, according to Antoine Cabre of Spring Restaurant, team leader Annette Scarfe MW found this Cabernet Sauvignon to be a ‘crowd pleaser, with its sweet, jammy New World styling, ripe fruit with a full body and soft tannins’. Street XO’s Raphael Thierry saw this best paired with lamb shank.

£5.50 Enotria&Coe

Aragonesas, Ecce Homo, Garnacha Tinto, Campo de Borja 2015, Aragón, Spain

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia enjoyed its ‘elegantly soft nose with a restrained, classy palate’, while Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club highlighted its ‘fresh cherry and balsamic notes on the nose, and a palate of sour cherry with herbal and vegetal notes’.

£5.67 Davy's Wine Merchants

Invenio, Merlot 2015, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Dark cherries and spice on the nose, packs plenty of fruit and quite oaky on the finish, but overall very balanced,’ said Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish, with Yauatcha’s Kelvin McCabe also noting ‘cherries, plums, dusty tannins and a soft finish’.

£4.50 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, Parlez-Vous, Malbec 2015, Vin de France, France

Silver medal winner

‘Light red and black cherry with some firm tannins, but quite juicy and drinkable,’ said team leader Sam Caporn MW, with Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar alighting on its ‘jamminess, cherry and redcurrant, medium body and crunchy, red berry, flowery finish’.

£5.40 Tate Smith

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba found ‘plenty of dark cherry and soft, ripe tannin, with refreshing, clean acidity’, while team leader Jade Koch found it ‘more complex, with sweet bramble and blackcurrant fruit character and a drying finish’.

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Trivento, Tribu, Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Yohann Pinol of Wiltons noted its ‘nice ruby red colour, red berry aromas with cassis notes, a complex and well-balanced palate and long, fresh finish’, with team leader Jade Koch finding ‘pretty apple and blackberry fruit, with lots of clarity and vanilla notes making it very moreish’.

£4.79 CyT UK

Long Wines, Pléyades, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2014, Aragón, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Clean, with lovely ripe red cherry character, herbal notes and stone fruit, then dark plum on a rounded and expressive palate,’ said team leader Olivier Marie, while Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer also noted ‘sweet oak spice and sap, purple floral and pink peppercorns’.

£4.12 CellarVino

Trivento, Zonda, Malbec/Shiraz NV, Mendoza, Argentina

Silver medal winner

Team leader Jade Koch noted its ‘good perfumed style, with blackcurrant fruit on a dry palate with a nice touch of tartness, and a hint of warmth on the finish’, while Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba found it ‘smoky, with dark cherry notes and lovely grip’.

£4.25 CyT UK

Mano a Mano, Manon, Tempranillo 2014, Tierra de Castilla, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Balanced and intense with good fruit balance and acidity,’ began Sushi Samba’s Maurizio Palomba, with Yohann Pinol of Wiltons agreeing: ‘Very complex nose, peppery with violets and cassis, good smooth tannins and elegant structure.’

£5.39 Boutinot

Riebeek Cellars, Capelio, Merlot 2015, Swartland, South Africa

Silver medal winner

‘Attractive nose, good texture on the palate, tannins are firm but solid acidity,’ began Harry Crowther of M Wine Store, with team leader Angela Reddin adding: ‘Would certainly be suited to pubs and by the glass.’

£4.50 Fuller's

Les Volets, Malbec, Pays de la Haute Vallée de l'Aude 2015, Roussillon, France

Silver medal winner

Xabier Alvarez of Trangallán enjoyed its ‘crunchy plum and cherry fruit and very good freshness’, while Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish felt it was a ‘clean red, well made, with touches of complexity’.

£5.35 Boutinot

Boutinot, Cuvée Jean-Paul Rouge, Pays de Vaucluse 2015, Vaucluse, France

Silver medal winner

‘A little closed on the nose, but rich and complex on the palate, showing ripe black cherries, some earthy mineral tones and good style for incredibly good value,’ said Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum.

£4.90 Boutinot

Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Dona Ermelinda, Tinto 2014, Península de Setúbal, Portugal

Silver medal winner

‘This is value,’ said James Hocking of The Vineyard Group, ‘with its nice depth of flavour, ripe berry and spice notes, a touch of vanilla from oak and a long finish.’ ‘Fresh cassis with light mint leaf notes, dark cherry and jammy notes,’ added Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club.

£5.20 Atlantico UK

Kavaklidere, Yakut 2015, Eastern Anatolia, Turkey

Silver medal winner

Julien Sahut of Sexy Fish highlighted ‘good spicy, fresh red fruit aromas and flavours and nice spicy notes on a long finish’, while team leader Simon Woods summed it up as ‘proper wine, juicy and slightly spicy’.

£4.93 Tees , Taste Turkey

LGI-Wines, Beauté du Sud, Malbec, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS enjoyed its ‘juicy, fruity style, with a touch of black pepper spice, simple but easy drinking, and very joyful by the glass’, while Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan found ‘red berries and bubblegum notes, strawberry and cherry aromas, dry and intense with sweet spices and a touch of bitterness, but juicy and vibrant’.

£5.64 Majestic Commercial

La Tierra Rocosa, Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Team leader Tom Forrest found ‘medium intensity black fruits on an attractive, ripe nose, with crisp raspberry and tayberry fruits on the palate and soft tannins’, while consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates felt it had ‘some depth and layers, with dark berry fruit’.

£4.79 Majestic Commercial

Viña Carrasco, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Silver medal winner

Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar found ‘berries and plum on the nose, dark spices and good acidity on the palate with a mouthwatering finish’, with team leader Sam Caporn MW summing it up as a ‘soft, very easy-drinking crowd-pleaser’.

£4.83 Majestic Commercial

Sieur d'Arques, Aimery, Merlot 2016, Languedoc, France

Silver medal winner

‘Blackberries and liquorice, fresh and fruity on the nose, dry and fresh with a ripe, round, balanced palate, savoury with a good, approachable style,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan, with team leader Laurent Richet MS finding it ‘vibrant and structured, lovely by the glass or with food’.

£5.10 Crown Cellars

Badet Clément, Le Bosq, Rouge 2016, Vin de France, France

Bronze medal winner

Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum was keen on its ‘ripe, soft tannins and good red fruit expression’, while team leader Annette Scarfe MW noted ‘delicate hazelnut notes on the nose and a simple but well-made wine, presenting good value’.

£6.00 Matthew Clark

GCF Exclusif, Les Vignerons, Carignan/Syrah 2015, Vin de France, France

Bronze medal winner

‘Red and black fruits on nose and palate, supported by a bit of tannin and good acidity with a beautiful finish,’ said The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira, who was sure it would be ‘nice to have with your Sunday roast’.

£5.05 HT White & Co

Butterfly Tree, Merlot NV, Robertson, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club was pleased with its ‘jammy plum and spice nose, fresh and light palate with rhubarb and baking spice notes’, while team leader Martin Lam found it ‘herbal and aromatic, appealing and well made, fault-free and drinks well’.

£4.25 Lanchester Wine Cellars

The Brand, Malbec 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

Our panel found plums and dark fruit compote character, some concentration and more earthy, vegetal notes on the palate with a hint of liquorice on the finish.

£4.45 Lanchester Wine Cellars

Concha y Toro, Mountain Range, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘A good New World style, jammy and juicy fruit, would work well in a pub or bistro,’ said team leader Jade Koch, with Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place enjoying its ‘nice ripe fruit character, slightly jammy but dry, and good value for money’.

£4.57 CyT UK

Concha y Toro, Mountain Range, Merlot 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Bronze medal winner

‘Tastes of real wine,’ began J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers, highlighting its ‘woody and berry aromas, chocolate and oak stave notes on the palate with grippy tannins, rounded and great value’.

£4.57 CyT UK

Whistling Duck, Shiraz 2015, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Bronze medal winner

‘Pleasantly enticing nose with a sweetness of fruit and liquorice,’ began Michael Fiducia of Coworth Park Ascot, with Andre Luis Martins of the Cavalry & Guards Club noting ‘spicy rhubarb aromas, gentle herbal and spice character, perfumed cassis on the palate with jammy baked apricot notes’.

£5.50 Fuller's

Boutinot, Cape Heights, Shiraz 2016, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Giuseppe Longobardi of The 3A Pub Company felt this was a ‘lovely foodie wine, with its green pepper and fruity nose leading to a balanced fruit palate with vegetal notes’, while Mike Best of the WSET found it ‘medium bodied, approachable with mixed spice character’.

£4.85 Boutinot

Cesari, Farina, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Bronze medal winner

Ivan Ruiz of Wright Brothers found ‘blueberry fruit and refreshing acidity with plenty of tannins’, and Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer enjoyed its ‘smoky, earthy bacon and dark garrigue aromas, plum and chalky tannins with black bramble fruits and pepper’.

£5.30 Fuller's

Gable View, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Western Cape, South Africa

Bronze medal winner

Scott Levy of Smith & Wollensky found ‘lots of fresh fruit on the nose, dry on the palate with richer, fruity meaty notes’, while Hakkasan Group’s Diana Rollan highlighted ‘black fruit, liquorice and Morello cherry intensity, easy character on a dry, rounded and balanced palate’.

£5.33 Bibendum

San Valero, Finca Valero, Tinto, Tempranillo/Garnacha, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Tannins are ripe and well integrated, it’s velvety and smooth on the palate with a long finish, and very food-friendly,’ said Gabriel Liotta of Hakkasan Hanway Place. ‘Very approachable with good fruit,’ agreed team leader Jade Koch.

£5.26 Bibendum

San Valero, Pez de Rio, Tempranillo/Merlot, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Annette Scarfe MW found ‘ripe red plums with an attractive herbal streak bringing freshness’, while Jonathan Giffrin of Claude Bosi @ Bibendum noted ‘characterful leafy and black fruit, full body balanced by good acidic backbone and ripe tannins’.

£5.35 Bibendum

The Bulletin, Zinfandel 2014, California, USA

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Sam Caporn MW was impressed with its ‘really lifted fruit compote/summer pudding aromas and juicy, pretty palate that’s full of character and fruit’, while Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar found ‘cherry and kirsch, intense new oak, slightly mineral character and a well-defined finish’.

£5.26 Bibendum

Vignerons du Sommierois, Vent du Sud, Syrah/Grenache, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Bronze medal winner

A pleasing, uncomplicated style for Portland Restaurant’s James Fryer, who picked up ‘red fruits, chocolate and sweet spices on the nose, juicy red fruit palate with more notes of milk chocolate and good acidity’.

£5.83 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Lobo Loco, Tempranillo 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.15 Crown Cellars

GCF Exclusif, L'Artisan, Grenache/Pinot Noir NV, Vin de France , France

Commended medal winner

£5.05 Dayla

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Vista, Merlot 2016, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.93 Matthew Clark

Félix Solís Avantis, Casa Albali, Tempranillo/Shiraz 2016, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.83 Matthew Clark

Trivento, Private Selection, Malbec 2015, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

£4.89 CyT UK

Viu Manent, Estate Collection, Reserva, Malbec 2015, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

Compass Point, Shiraz 2016, South Eastern Australia , Australia

Commended medal winner

Pais de Poetas, Chilean Merlot 2015, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

Domaine Vintur, Tradition, Ventoux 2011, Rhône, France

Commended medal winner

Boutinot, Montevista, Carmenère 2015, Maule Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.61 Boutinot

Boutinot, Tierra Alta, Pinot Noir 2015, Central Valley, Chile

Commended medal winner

£5.85 Boutinot

Borsao, Selección Tinto, Campo de Borja 2015, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.65 Boutinot

Borsao, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2016, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.71 Boutinot

Juan Gil, Pedrera, Monastrell 2015, Jumilla , Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.48 Boutinot

Aliança, Dão Red 2013, Dão , Portugal

Commended medal winner

£5.67 Boutinot

Foncalieu, Reserve St Michel, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£4.50 Fuller's

Foncalieu, Le Versant, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Fuller's

LGI-Wines, Les Cents Verres, Pinot Noir, Pays d'Oc 2016, Languedoc, France

Commended medal winner

£5.95 Fuller's

Riebeek Cellars, Pinotage 2016, Swartland , South Africa

Commended medal winner

£4.50 Fuller's

Boutinot, Les Oliviers, Merlot/Mourvèdre, Pays d'Oc 2015, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

£5.15 Boutinot

Félix Solis, Molino del Sol, Tempranillo NV, Valdepeñas, Spain

Commended medal winner

LGI-Wines, Baron de Baussac, Vieilles Vignes, Carignan, Pays de l'Hérault 2016, Languedoc , France

Commended medal winner

Michel Servin, Rouge 2015, Vin de France , France

Commended medal winner

Félix Solis, Finca Nova, Tempranillo 2016, La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Aires Andinos, Malbec 2016, Mendoza, Argentina

Commended medal winner

El Molturo, Tempranillo/Garnacha 2015, La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Marques de Calado, Tempranillo, Cariñena 2015, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

Botter, Oltre Passo, Primitivo, Salento 2016, Puglia , Italy

Commended medal winner

Punto de Vista, Merlot 2016, Central Valley , Chile

Commended medal winner

£4.59 Greene King

Fonte do Nico, Tinto 2015, Península de Setúbal , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Diren, Cybele, Dry Red 2015, Anatolia, Turkey

Commended medal winner

Santo Isidro de Pegões, Stella, Rosso 2014, Palmela , Portugal

Commended medal winner

Borsao, Gran Tesoro, Garnacha, Campo de Borja 2016, Aragón, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.71 Boutinot

 

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