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Home Winners > Winners 2018 > SPAIN: Duero Valley, including Rueda

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Spain: Duero Valley, including Rueda

2018 Gold 2        Silver 7                Bronze 3             Commended 9
2017 Gold 4        Silver 7                Bronze 8             Commended 16

There were two very different teams on display here. The lot wearing white passed their fruit around nicely and made pretty patterns on our tasters’ palates, but ultimately failed to find the back of the net, with no places on the Gold List. The reds, meanwhile, strutted in with Ronaldo-like ego, made a few mistakes, and clearly weren’t as good as they thought – but still had a few moments of real class that were sufficient to ensure they took the only two Golds in this category.

In truth, our tasters are rarely wowed by the best efforts of Verdejo et al – we’ve had only one Gold in the past three years – but there was more positive feedback than usual this year, suggesting that the well-priced Silvers, in particular, might be worth a look.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘There was a nice range of flavour profiles in the whites, from the floral side to some well-integrated oak. They all deserved their prices, and all had their place.’ Michael Fiducia, Coworth Park Ascot

‘The top-end reds tried to show wines for long ageing. The low end tried to do the same, but not with the same results. Some are far too tannic. I hope in the future they focus on the fruit.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘They clearly know what they want and are trying to showcase in the whites. They all had good fruit and floral characteristics. Well made, with a complex profile.’ Laurent Richet MS, team leader

‘The reds were a mixed bag. There were a lot of discussions in our tasting group!’ Joseph Lunn, Suave Wine

Award winners

Found 21 wines

Spain: Duero Valley, including Rueda

Protos, Reserva 2012, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Gold medal winner

A wine with a difference, and now with a Gold medal too, this was ‘a brighter style than others, heading towards Bordeaux’, began Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine, highlighting its ‘oak spice and red and black fruit’, while Timothy Connor of Core by Clare Smyth found it ‘great to drink, with bright black fruits, soft spice and herbs, almost like a diluted Antica Formula vermouth – smooth and complex’. ‘A soft, elegant nose, with coffee and liquorice’ led, according to The Pig Hotel’s Jacopo Mazzeo, to ‘bright acidity and a remarkable freshness’.

£23.46 Bibendum

Dominio Basconcillos, Viña Magna, Crianza 2015, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Gold medal winner

Seeing Gold in this Tempranillo’s future, team leader Lionel Periner had praise for its ‘dark fruit, plum, floral and light spice aromas’, finding it ‘well-balanced on the palate and ready to drink’, while for Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason it was ‘very smooth, with good structure, depth and elegance, and aromas of haricot bean, floral dark chocolate and mahogany leading to an equally complex palate’. For team leader Annette Scarfe MW, this all made it an obvious choice for suckling pig.

£18.23 DOMINIO BASCONCILLOS

Dehesa La Granja 2011, Castilla y León, Spain

Silver medal winner

Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine enjoyed this wine’s ‘good nose of dark plum, red cherries and currants, with an interesting, full palate balancing grippy tannins with notes of chocolate, slightly milky coffee’. ‘Dark fruit and black olives, good structure with a hint of spice,’ added team leader Lionel Periner.

£9.94 Fine Wines Direct

Marqués de la Concordia, Hacienda Zorita, Natural Reserve, Syrah 2015, Castilla y León, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Opens up as it goes along; raspberry fruit almost jumps out at you,’ began Joseph Lunn of Suave Wine, noting that it was ‘slightly light in body and tannin but fresh and fruity’, while Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason picked up ‘dark chocolate, fennel notes and meaty aromas, full body but subtle, understated elegant fruit’.

£13.33 Charles Wells, The Haciendas - Company, Ltd.

Comenge, Familia Comenge, Reserva 2012, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Silver medal winner

‘Soft, with gentle tannins and smooth body,’ said Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, enjoying the ‘ripe fruit of damson, plum and blackberry, power and elegance’, and finding it ‘understated and complex’, while team leader Lionel Periner noted ‘dark cherry, green bell pepper and floral notes, black pepper and spice on the palate with coffee hints’.

£19.70 Eurowines

Bonfire Hill, Heights of the Charge, Verdejo/Viura 2014, Rueda, Spain

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia enjoyed this wine’s ‘tropical stone fruit and sandalwood aromas, leading to a soft, rounded and warming mouthfeel’, and team leader Laurent Richet MS highlighted ‘a touch of oak to give extra dimension, hints of butter and hazelnut, yellow plum and apple juice’.

£7.59 Boutinot

Naia, Naiades 2013, Rueda, Spain

Silver medal winner

A fuller style, and ‘less floral, with more body and texture, good length and minerality’, began Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav, while Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia enjoyed its ‘creamy French toast, camomile and yellow plums, passion fruit and cashew leading to a creamy, rounded palate’.

£14.88 Boutinot

Torreduero, Viore, 5 Meses en Barrica 2016, Toro, Spain

Silver medal winner

There was ‘freshness and concentration of fruit with a balance of oak and acidity’ for Timothy Connor of Core by Clare Smyth, while Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason found ‘mulling spices, lots of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla with juicy plum and dark chocolate, a value wine and good, wintry by-the-glass option’.

£6.45 EWGA

Protos, Verdejo 2017, Rueda, Spain

Silver medal winner

Coworth Park Ascot’s Michael Fiducia found ‘very perfumed aromas with white flowers, winter jasmine, and an elegantly soft creamy palate’, while Gymkhana’s Valentin Radosav noted ‘ripe yellow fruit, consistency of fruit on the mid-palate and a mineral, medium-length finish’.

£9.07 Bibendum

Hacienda Zorita, Vega de la Reina, Verdejo 2017, Rueda, Spain

Bronze medal winner

Team leader Laurent Richet MS highlighted the ‘sherbet, lemon popsicle, mango and papaya’ character of this wine, cut by ‘lovely acidity all the way through’, and Giuseppe Longobardi of The Cross Kenilworth and Simpsons Edgbaston found ‘white flowers and citrus on the nose, finishing fresh with a hint of camomile’.

£6.66 Charles Wells, The Haciendas - Company, Ltd.

Viore, Verdejo 2017, Rueda, Spain

Bronze medal winner

A ‘vibrant’ style, said team leader Laurent Richet MS, who found notes of ‘guava, pomegranate, kiwi and yellow plum on a soft, delicate and rounded palate’.

£6.25 EWGA

Milénico 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Bronze medal winner

‘Like a chocolate gateau with 85% cocoa, black cherry, plums and damsons,’ began Cheese at Leadenhall’s Robert Mason, who found it ‘smooth and complex, delicious, with great integration of punchy alcohol, fine tannins, lots of coconut and American oak’.

£24.68 Milénico

Protos, Roble 2016, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.98 Bibendum

Finca Montepedroso, Verdejo 2016, Rueda, Spain

Commended medal winner

Abadía Retuerta, Selección Especial, Sardón de Duero 2014, Castilla y León, Spain

Commended medal winner

£20.47 Enotria&Coe

Pinna Fidelis, Crianza 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.73 Boutinot

Parada de Atauta, Parada de Atauta 2014, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Commended medal winner

£13.13 Boutinot

Diez Siglos, Verdejo 2017, Rueda, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.40 Boutinot

Torreduero, Viore, Verdejo 2017, Toro, Spain

Commended medal winner

£5.95 EWGA

Viore, Pregón, Verdejo 2017, Rueda, Spain

Commended medal winner

£6.25 EWGA

Milénico, Valdepila 2015, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Commended medal winner

£15.65 Milénico

 

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