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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Sicily & Sardinia - Red

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Sicily & Sardinia - Red

Sicily, in particular, has really taken off in this competition. In the early years of SWA, we seemed to get a lot of rather big, over-oaked wines. But the island’s winemakers have stopped forcing the fruit, eased back on the wood, and the result is some wonderful bottles of wine.

Characterful, balanced, and often very well-priced, these are the kind of entries that our tasters love, and the drop in Golds this year compared to 2019 was more the result of some stringent judging than any fall-off in quality. There are a lot of very good wines in the medals here, many of them under £12.

It’s no exaggeration to say that it would be great if every section of SWA looked like this, with a lot of terrific, interesting wines right through the price bands. Apart from House wines, there are just about no parts of this competition where three-quarters of the Gold-Listed wines are under £10.

Well done to Colomba Bianca for picking up a Gold for the second year running. No small achievement in a crowded part of the competition.

From The Tasting Teams

‘Today’s flight put Sicily on the map – very consistent and seductive. It definitely showed the terroir and what Sicily is all about, from the most inexpensive to the most expensive. Superb wines.’ Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London

‘These were savoury, delicious and well-priced for the quality and beyond. Food-friendly and restaurant-friendly. The smoke of barbecued meats would be excellent with the smokiness from the ash of the wines.’ Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting

‘I wasn’t expecting them to be very sophisticated, but some were.’ Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir

‘A very impressive flight, with a variety of styles. I think generally over the past five to ten years the quality of winemaking in southern Italy has increased massively. They’re capable at any level of making really delicious wine.’ Martin Lam, team leader

‘The bottom end of the Nero d’Avolas was quite consistent – we found satisfying wines with ripe fruit. But there was some weird winemaking going on as you went higher in price.’ Claire Love, Loves Consultancy

‘These were excellent and well balanced. They’re really on-trade-friendly.’ Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns

‘A very good, balanced flight, though on a wine list it would be harder to sell the pricier wines because people would have similar choices from other countries.’ Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard

Award winners

Found 42 wines

Italy: South – Red Sicily & Sardinia

Colomba Bianca, Kore, Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A cheerful, juicy, delightful glass of wine with bags of personality, displaying scented soft summer berries with a light floral whiff. Deft winemaking...' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Black and bramble fruits on the nose, with good concentration on the palate, some herbaceous blackcurrant leaf, vibrant acidity and well-defined tannins, and a moreish finish.' Claire Love, Loves Consultancy.

£9.86 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Feudo Arancio, Syrah 2018, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Magic for this price point, with very good fruit concentration and balance.' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'Very rounded and ready to drink, with some grass and earthy flavours, as well as some juicy red and black fruits.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'This is easy-drinking, with spice box, cinnamon and clove on the nose, and very ripe black cherry notes too. Great value.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers.

£7.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Accolade, Da Luca, Nero d'Avola, Terre Siciliane 2018, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

'A light and tasty wine, with a lovely nose of spice, while on the palate the red fruit rolls down with more spice emerging.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen. 'With red cherries and a floral, aromatic structure, this is a fruit-driven style, expressing pure fruit character with some rounded tannins. Great value for money too.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London.

£6.97 Matthew Clark

Cantine Nicosia, Fondo Filara, Etna Rosso, Organic, 2017, Sicily, Italy

Gold medal winner

'Yes! Pretty red fruits with some mint and smoke. Delicious, and a great food wine too.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'A beautiful colour and impactful nose, and the acidity is really something to behold!' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa. 'Seductive, with firm tannins yet bright acidity, red berry flavours and earthiness. A perfect pairing for polpette di cavallo.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£11.75 Boutinot

Tenute Orestiadi, Frappato 2017, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Opening with tobacco smoke and tea leaves, this is a meaty, mouth-watering wine with some spices added. A good pairing wine.' Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard. 'Powerful and rich, with very good fruit concentration.' Tanya Mann, consultant.

£10.27 Enotria&Coe

Feudo Arancio, Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Rich ripe cherry and dark berry fruit, with refreshing acidity to balance, along with an earthy note and a wonderful silky-smooth texture.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'Pretty and elegant, with refinement, and some crunchy tannins on the rounded and ripe palate.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£6.80 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Feudo Arancio, Passiari 2017, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'A tasty wine with ripe aromas and flavours, hints of liquorice and great intensity.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'This has notes of black cherry and chocolates, with spice and baked black fruits. A versatile and food-friendly wine.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers.

£9.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Orion, Allumea, Nero d'Avola/Merlot, Organic 2018, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Super-luscious fresh fruit character with some clean spice on the finish.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'With its clean nose of sour cherries, cloves and Darjeeling tea, cloves, and a warm palate with a blueberry finish, this would match a rack of lamb.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant.

£8.23 Matthew Clark

Siddùra, Fòla, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2017, Sardinia, Italy

Silver medal winner

'An elegant wine with finesse, this is juicy and pleasant.' Agostinho Leite, Bistrot Pierre at The Royal William Yard. 'A touch of baked blueberry pie and sweet fruit on the entry, this is an off-dry style of wine with good grip, and very food-friendly.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK.

£18.60 Mondial Wine

Alibrianza, Passi Neri, Syrah 2017, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Nicely concentrated, with ripe blueberries and cassis, and some good integration of oak, with smooth tannins and fresh acidity. A quality wine for the price of an entry-level one.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'Good intensity, with a bouquet of dried flowers together with crunchy red cherry and plum notes.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery.

£7.50 LWC Drinks

Santa Maria La Nave, Calmarossa, Etna Rosso 2016, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'An attractive wine with red fruit tones, some sour fruit and a leather notes - chewy, grippy and well-structured.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'Beautiful red fruits and earth showing with smoke and tobacco. This is lovely, ripe and delicious, and makes you want more.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting.

£33.05 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Cusumano, Noà, Tenuta Presti e Pegni 2016, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Concentrated blackberries, blackcurrants and black plums, with a lot of sweet cooking spices too, like nutmeg, clove, vanilla and cinnamon, and with smooth, powdery tannins on the palate.' Adam Michocki, The Man Behind The Curtain. 'An intense, full-bodied wine that's juicy and punchy, with good concentration.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

£22.65 Eurowines

CVA Canicattí, Menamàra 2018, Sicily, Italy

Silver medal winner

'Intense aromas of spice, plum and stewed cherries, with good vibrancy on the palate, and ripe and sour fruit characters mingling nicely. Grippy but integrated tannins.' Charlie Carter, L' Atelier Du Vin. 'Vibrant and very juicy black fruit, with nicely toned and well-integrated French oak, and rich and decadent black fruit concentration on the palate. Satisfying.' Claire Love, Loves Consultancy.

£11.52 CVA Canicatti

Molino a Vento, Nerello Mascalese, Terre Siciliane 2018, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A ripe and generous aromatic profile, with sweet spices, and a generous palate with bright acidity and fruit compote.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir. 'A candied, sweet red fruit profile, with spice and sweet currants on the palate - a nicely ripe structure with good depth and length.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK.

£8.16 Enotria&Coe

Planeta, Plumbago, Nero d'Avola 2017, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A delicate mix of red and black fruits such as strawberry, plum and blackberry on the nose, and a slightly floral note. On the palate there are rounded tannins and good integration with the fruit. Good value for money.' Luma Monteiro, Wineria. 'With liquorice, plum compote and warm spices, this is excellent for hearty braised meats and casseroles.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£11.47 Enotria&Coe

Tenute Orestiadi, Ludovico, Rosso 2012, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Lovely, dense dark chocolate with raspberry compote. A rich and exotic wine.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers. 'Opening with tobacco, chocolate and leather, this is full-bodied and well-structured. Rich yet refined, with a blend of dark and red fruits followed by dry figs and well-integrated tannins. A perfect match for a venison steak or stew.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£14.41 Enotria&Coe

Feudo Arancio, Rosso Riserva 2015, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Notes of eucalyptus and menthol with blackberry and Asian spices, with sweet baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a richly textured, fleshy, decadent palate.' Olivier Marie, team leader. 'Deep, rich and spicy, this has good structure with persistent fruit, and oak and spice nicely integrated, with a fresh acidity.' Timothy Connor, Heddon Street Kitchen.

£10.50 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Principi di Butera, Amira 2016, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A fruit-driven style with bright red cherries and fresh red rose and violet notes, and a delicate, savoury and round tannic finish. A fruit-driven style with refreshing acidity.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London. 'Rich, ripe and complex, with lovely balancing acidity and ripe tannins.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£14.24 Zonin UK Ltd

Feudo Arancio, Hedonis 2015, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Big, ripe and brooding dark berries enveloped with oak and sweet spice, and with some lovely integration of oak and ripe tannin. Complex, with minerality on the finish.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns. 'A serious, complex and evolving wine with several layers.' Martin Lam, team leader.

£30.00 Berkmann Wine Cellars

Alibrianza, Tandem, Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'This is showing some great winemaking, with quality fruit, and notes of mint, tobacco, raisin and plum, with great intensity and length.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting. 'An intense blackcurrant nose, with liquorice spice and red fruit on the palate. Great value. Pass the salami.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers.

£7.50 LWC Drinks

Alibrianza, Diade, Perricone/Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A well-made, characterful wine with a lovely raspberry nose and a dark chocolate and cherry compote palate. Good value.' Nigel Lister, St. Swithins Wine Shippers. 'Black fruits with a touch of crushed black pepper on the finish, with smooth, elegant tannins.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist.

£9.95 LWC Drinks

Dolianova, Anzenas, Cannonau 2017, Sardinia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Notes of red cherries and sage on the nose, leading to a refreshing palate with a floral note and a hint of salted caramel on the finish. This would match well with garam masala.' Filippo Pastorini, consultant. 'Good intensity, balance and structure, with dried herbs and violet notes.' Chiara Sieni, MM Grocery.

£9.35 LWC Drinks

Donnafugata, Floramundi 2017, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Vibrant style with a juicy aftertaste, this has strawberry and raspberry fruit with a savoury hint.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir. 'Dark fruits and spice, with some herbal and almost green notes, and good tannin structure with depth and complexity. This would be great with red meats and a rich ragu sauce.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader.

£17.45 Liberty Wines

Feudo Disisa, Vuaria, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Juicy, soft black fruits like blackberry and plum with a spicy vanilla oak palate. Great vibrancy and verve here, and excellent winemaking. A great style.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'Quite broad and opulent, with some precise fruit and balanced use of oak, with a crunchy finish.' Olivier Gasselin, OenoTrade.

£19.25 Jeroboams

Tornatore, Etna Rosso 2017, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'An elegant and complex wine that would be a lovely addition to a wine list, with good food-matching opportunities.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'A mineral wine that's juicy and savoury, with a great punch.' Tanguy Martin, Blandford Comptoir.

£13.93 Bibendum

CVA Canicattí, Diodoros 2016, Sicily, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Fresh dark plums and juicy dark cherries, hibiscus and delicate lavender aromas, with delicate thyme and sage, vanilla and cardamom spice and some bright and juicy tannins, with a fresh mouthfeel.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London. 'Superb balance of concentrated ripe fruit acidity and ripe tannin. Complex, with great herbal notes.' Daniel Eriksen, Anglian Country Inns.

£20.92 CVA Canicatti

Sella & Mosca, Tanca Farrà, Alghero 2015, Sardinia, Italy

Bronze medal winner

'A very complex nose, with great balance between primary and tertiary character, and the tannin structure is superb!' Tanya Mann, consultant. 'This is a big wine with lots going on, including spice, earth and rich fruit. One to drink with seared barbecue meats and chimichurri.' Tim Smith, Winesurfer Consulting.

£15.62 Alivini

Planeta, Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2018, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.91 Enotria&Coe

Tenute Orestiadi, Perricone 2017, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.27 Enotria&Coe

Santadi, Noras, Cannonau di Sardegna 2016, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£14.62 Enotria&Coe

Siddùra, Tìros, Colli del Limbara 2015, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£27.60 Mondial Wine

Curatolo Arini, Nero d'Avola 2017, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£10.20 Liberty Wines

Tornatore, Pietrarizzo, Etna Rosso 2016, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.34 Bibendum

Dolianova, Arenada, Monica 2016, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£8.90 LWC Drinks

Poderi Parpinello, San Constantino, Cannonau 2018, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

Alta Mora, Etna Rosso 2017, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.90 Eurowines

Feudo Disisa, Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£11.50 Jeroboams

Santadi, Rocca Rubia, Carignano del Sulcis Riserva 2016, Sardinia, Italy

Commended medal winner

£17.33 Enotria&Coe

Donnafugata, Sul Vulcano, Etna Rosso 2017, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£21.37 Liberty Wines

Settesoli, Mandrarossa, Costadune Nero d'Avola 2018, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£7.97 Liberty Wines

CVA Canicattí, Aynat, Nero d'Avola 2015, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£24.82 CVA Canicatti

Torre Mora, Cauru, Etna Rosso 2018, Sicily, Italy

Commended medal winner

£15.03 Matthew Clark

 

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