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Home Winners > Winners 2017 > SPAIN: Rest of Spain

Winner Details

Rest of Spain

2017 Gold: 6 Silver: 7 Bronze: 8 Commended: 19
2016 Gold: 4 Silver: 4 Bronze: 5 Commended: 11

Taking in everything from Majorca to Extremadura and most points south of Madrid in between, this section is one of the more eclectic of the competition, and the medal counts vary wildly as a result. We’ve had years (like 2014) with hardly any, and years like this one with plenty. Six Golds was a record, and the positive feedback suggested it was merited.

Interestingly, while there were (as you’d hope) plenty of good, cheap wines in here across the medals, the teams were perfectly happy to reward the more ambitious wines if they felt they were good enough, even though they obviously wouldn’t have a bankable DO behind them.
Some exciting stuff here this year… and well worth a look whatever your venue.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘The whites were good value for money. There was good freshness and when they used oak it was well done.’ Piotr Artur Tomaszewski, Buddha Bar

‘You can get some fantastic wines outside of Rioja. Spain was really showing its muscle here!’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘It’s easy to convince people to try something different from Spain, as they know Rioja and Ribera del Duero.’ Marcin Oziebly, The Wild Rabbit

‘There was lots of lovely blossom and stone fruit characters [in the whites], with good balance. At the lower price you can use them by the glass or maybe a recommended pairing.’ Rebecca Coates, consultant sommelier

‘Some of these were too ripe, and had too much oak – it’s what we accused the New World of five years ago.’ Tom Forrest, team leader

‘This flight showed that people should continue to look to Spain – this proved that they can do both entry-level and top-end wines. Even the most expensive showed value for money.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘People go to this region for big wines, but I thought the entry-level wines here had the right balance, and the right freshness.’ Mattin Larraburu, Sexy Fish

‘These generally had high tannins. They need big meat dishes, but they’d be perfect for the right restaurant.’ Cristian Sanchez, Hotel du Vin Cambridge

 

Award winners

Found 40 wines

Spain: Rest of Spain

Es Fangar, Lo Cortinel-lo 2015, Pla I Llevant, Mallorca, Spain

Gold medal winner

A full and rounded style, with everything it needed to earn Gold. Team leader Tom Forrest found ‘buttery lemon aromas followed by a creamy-textured palate with soft pickled lemon notes, spicy oak and malo character on the finish’. ‘Ripe pear, unctuous and expressive with lemon shortbread and physallis notes,’ added consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates. Team leader Angela Reddin thought this was ‘all about the purity, and a good match for sea bass’.

£23.95 Bancroft Wines

Hispano+Suizas, Bassus, Finca Casilla Herrera, Red 2012, Valencia, Spain

Gold medal winner

Gold was the only outcome for this complex, fascinating wine, with ‘plums and blackcurrant, leather and coffee notes, good spice and black pepper character on the palate with a great finish’, according to an impressed Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa, who concluded: ‘Certainly a foodie wine, but would also be great on its own by the fire.’ ‘Great flesh, fruit and poise, broad-perfumed with fine purity and character,’ agreed Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin. A perfect match for wild boar, thought team leader Sam Caporn MW.

£17.49 Boutinot

Marañones, Picarana, Albillo 2015, Vinos de Madrid, Spain

Gold medal winner

A full, fruity character elevated this to Gold, with consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates noting ‘pear and apple, spice and ginger hints – oily and mouth-filling’. Buddha Bar’s Piotr Artur Tomaszewski found ‘creamy honeysuckle, camomile, fresh grapefruit, banana, pineapple and a long, herbaceous finish’. For Tate Catering’s Hamish Anderson, there was ‘some honey and spicy oak with tropical fruit, and a rich, creamy palate with lemon peel and more spice – good for spicy prawns’.

£12.26 Indigo Wine

Finca Antigua, Tempranillo 2013, La Mancha, Spain

Gold medal winner

This Gold Lister was ‘delicious for the price – just what people want and expect from Spain’, began Marcin Oziebly of The Wild Rabbit, finding ‘strong vanilla and notes of coconut oak, lovely ripe fruit and a long finish’, while team leader Angela Reddin highlighted its ‘dark black stone fruits with some cassis notes, a generous, fleshy and spicy palate, with great balance and length’. Frances Bentley of Individual Restaurants thought it ‘refined and elegant, with spice, balance and finesse on the palate – a match for lamb shoulder’.

£7.77 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Arráez, Mala Vida 2015, Valencia, Spain

Gold medal winner

‘Big and chunky, with very dark berry fruit on a finely balanced, fleshy palate with notes of dark chocolate,’ said Hakkasan Group’s Olivier Gasselin in praise of this clear Gold winner, while Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant enjoyed its ‘lovely blackcurrant nose, slightly rustic style but smooth, gentle oak and good balance of ripe fruit on the palate’. Team leader Sam Caporn MW found ‘fragrant spice and oak’, making this ‘a very commercial style’.

£8.04 Liberty Wines

Frontonio, Botijo Blanco, Garnacha Blanca 2016, Valdejalón, Spain

Gold medal winner

Flying the flag for Valdejalón, and taking home Gold in the process, this was ‘a nice, refreshing, summer breeze wine’, began J Corey Evans of St Swithins Wine Shippers, finding ‘floral notes and fruit well integrated with the oak’, while team leader Tom Forrest picked out ‘aromatic notes, pear and green apple and lemon acidity’. Fellow team leader Angela Reddin found ‘Asian pear on the nose, leading to lemony spritz on the palate, with clean lines and a well-driven, mineral finish – a match for goose barnacles’.

£8.36 Jascots Wine Merchants

Es Fangar, Fangar, Elements 2012, Pla I Llevant, Mallorca, Spain

Silver medal winner

Bleeding Heart Group’s Christopher Delalonde MS was impressed with this wine’s ‘dark fruit, berries and ripe tones with earthy and mineral lift on the nose, complex palate with layers and plenty of class, oak spices and notes of cured meat complemented by lively, bright acid structure with great, integrated oak’.

£23.95 Bancroft Wines

Castaño, Monastrell, Yecla 2016, Murcia, Spain

Silver medal winner

Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge found ‘cooked cherry and plum with notes of violet and black pepper, lots of concentration on the palate’, while team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW found it a ‘cheap and cheerful style, with meaty, brambly aromas and a juicy, spicy palate, rich syrupy palate and savoury finish’.

£5.90 Liberty Wines

Sierra Norte, Pasión de Bobal 2014, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Silky mouthfeel, notes of Ovaltine and iodine with juicy red fruits shining through, moderate tannins and zippy acidity,’ said Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent, with Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge specifying ‘ripe black cherry, plum, blackberry and black pepper with sweet spice notes’.

£7.62 Boutinot

Finca La Estacada, Varietales, Reserva Tinto 2012, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Very appealing spicy and vegetal nose with cherry notes,’ began Benoît Poulain of Adam’s Restaurant, noting its ‘very intense red fruit flavours, medium-bodied style and ripeness’, while team leader Laura Rhys MS found it ‘brooding and rich with some spice and black cherry and berry fruit’.

£7.67 Bibendum

Mariona, Blanco 2016, Alicante, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Salty fresh pear and grape aromas with some pineapple hints,’ said team leader Tom Forrest, finding more on the palate: ‘Pineapple flavours a little confected, but grape and pineapple freshness on the finish.’ ‘Juicy, unctuous, bright and vibrant,’ added consultant sommelier Rebecca Coates.

£7.34 Enotria&Coe

Cien y Pico, Knights-Errant, Garnacha Tintorera 2008, Manchuela, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Elegant, lovely complexity on the nose with a touch of barnyard character,’ said The Wild Rabbit’s Marcin Oziebly, who enjoyed its ‘very ripe black cherry, plums and blueberry, and a long-lasting finish with touches of Garrigue herbs’, concluding that it was a ‘classy wine that earns its place on a fine dining list’.

£14.46 Liberty Wines

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

Silver medal winner

‘Red fruit aromas with violet floral notes, fresh and warm on the palate with floral and smoky touches,’ began Tamarind of Mayfair’s Chantal Serrano, while Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall found ‘perfumed, liquorice and anise notes, juicy bramble fruit and soft tannins’.

£5.50 Boutinot

Pago Los Balancines, Alunado, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Extremadura, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘A hand sell, but a delicious food wine,’ began team leader Sam Caporn MW, adding: ‘Nice full and rounded honey notes, great texture and weight.’ ‘Mineral elegance with wet stone and salty-crisp complexity,’ added Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar.

£19.13 PAGO LOS BALANCINES, S.L.

Pago Los Balancines, Matanegra 2012, Extremadura, Spain

Bronze medal winner

The Sign of the Don’s Carlos Ferreira found ‘a bit of age on a complex, very elegant nose of tobacco, leather and spice’, followed by ‘black fruits on the palate, hints of mushroom, good spice with lots of tannin, too’, adding that it ‘needs more time, but will become a great wine’.

£24.87 PAGO LOS BALANCINES, S.L.

Es Fangar, N'Amarat 2011, Pla I Llevant, Mallorca, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Showing some age, this has a touch of volatility on it, but it’s good, with nice black tea notes, tar and worn leather, hints of old wood and very bright acids,’ said Andrés Ituarte of Coq d’Argent.

£33.25 Bancroft Wines

Vegalfaro, Pago de los Balagueses, Garnacha Tintorera/Merlot 2014, Valencia, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Cristian Sanchez of Hotel du Vin Cambridge found ‘cooked plums, black cherry and blackberry aromas, notes of toast and smoke with vanilla and coconut oak, sweet spices on a full-bodied palate, high ripe tannins and high acidity with a long finish’.

£15.73 Bodegas Vegalfaro

Habla, Del Silencio 2014, Extremadura, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Creamy vanilla oak leads into ripe, red and black fruit aromas, with spicy, juicy fruit on the palate, vanilla and soft tannins,’ said team leader Tom Forrest, with Robert Mason of Cheese at Leadenhall also noting ‘red apple and stewed prune on the nose, with chocolate and sour cherry notes on the palate’.

£12.25 Top Selection Ltd

Mesquida Mora, Sincronia, Organic Negre 2015, Mallorca, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Spicy, Worcestershire sauce notes on the nose, complex aromas, then tobacco and leather on a full palate with slightly green tannins, but finishing with pleasant acidity,’ said Frédéric Billet of Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa.

£11.50 Enotria&Coe

Cien y Pico, Winemaker's-Gallant, Bobal 2012, Manchuela, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Savoury style with red and dark cherries and plums,’ began Damien Trinckquel of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe Edinburgh, continuing: ‘Has a vibrant purity of spice such as cardamom, good structure and freshness, all in harmony.’

£14.46 Liberty Wines

Fontana, Dominio de Fontana, Blanco, Uclés 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Bronze medal winner

While Street XO’s Raphael Thierry noted its ‘citrus and stone fruit with orange peel hints, and mouthwatering, clean long finish’, Alessandro de Angelis of Jamavar found ‘rich and warm yellow peach aromas and a freshly herbaceous character’.

£7.26 Barwell & Jones

Pago Los Balancines, Huno White 2015, Extremadura, Spain

Commended medal winner

Chozas Carrascal, Las 2 Ces, Tinto 2015, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Commended medal winner

Marqués de la Concordia, Tapas, Tempranillo 2015, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Es Fangar, Sa Fita 2015, Pla I Llevant, Mallorca, Spain

Commended medal winner

£15.95 Bancroft Wines

Castaño, Hécula, Monastrell, Yecla 2015, Murcia, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.80 Liberty Wines

Contralto, Calle Principal, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Casa del Valle, Acantus, Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£4.37 C&D Wines

Contralto, Calle Principal 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

Juan Gil, 12 Meses, Monastrell 2014, Jumilla, Spain

Commended medal winner

£9.99 Boutinot

Torreduero, Viore, Verdejo 2016, Toro, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.50 EWGA

Torreduero, Peñamonte, Verdejo 2016, Toro, Spain

Commended medal winner

Uvas Felices, El Hombre Bala, Old Vine Garnacha 2014, Vinos de Madrid, Spain

Commended medal winner

£15.23 Boutinot

Murviedro, Cepas Viejas, Bobal 2014, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Commended medal winner

£7.95 Boutinot

Finca La Estacada, 6 Meses en Barrica, Tempranillo 2015, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£7.09 Bibendum

Mesquida Mora, Sincronia, Organic Blanc 2015, Mallorca , Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.78 Enotria&Coe

Mas Delmera, Reserva, Monastrell 2009, Jumilla , Spain

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Enotria&Coe

Cien y Pico, En Vaso, Bobal 2012, Manchuela, Spain

Commended medal winner

£9.43 Liberty Wines

Fontana, Quinta de Quercus, Single Vineyard, Tempranillo, Uclés 2013, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.64 Barwell & Jones

Fontana, Mesta, Organic Tempranillo, Uclés 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

 

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