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Douro - Red

Eight medals last year, eight medals this year and a similarly wide-ranging spread of styles and, in particular, prices. Interestingly, our tasters were more bothered about the former than the latter. It’s hard to get good cheap wines from the steep slopes of the Douro, and our judges seemed to be more interested in finding quality than amazing value for money.

There was affection for the aromatic styles of these wines – the best had more perfume than power – and since over-exuberant alcohol or tannin often tended to diminish with time, it’s perhaps no surprise that our only Gold here was also the oldest wine sent in. For £12, the Quinta da Silveira is astonishingly good value.

From The Tasting Teams

‘These were interesting. A floral style of the Douro, with dried rose and potpourri, as well as fruit character and balance.’ Laurent Richet MS, team leader

‘At that £12-15 mark there were some really great wines here that would work in a variety of restaurants and bars.’ Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards

‘They’re quite aromatic and can develop too. They’re wines to have with food. But what we appreciated the most was the value.’ Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant

‘At the entry level these were easy-drinking, lovely wines, and then at the top end there were some super wines, with lovely fruit, good acidity, and really refreshing too. Much of the Douro can be port-like, but these weren’t heavy.’ Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine

‘These were great wines, at all prices. You get a lot of fruit and sun in the bottle. I’m in a Spanish restaurant and any of these would be a good addition to my wine list. They deliver great quality at that price.’ Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO

‘I would have liked to see a bit more of the contemporary styles. These were all very good, but all very classic.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

Award winners

Found 15 wines

Portugal: Red, Douro Valley

Quinta da Silveira, Reserva Tinto 2011, Douro, Portugal

Gold medal winner

'An outlier in style, but quite intriguing, with very evolved notes of wood, oil and mushroom.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'A rich nose with notes of bacon, smoked meats, blackberry, blueberry and cracked pepper. Really good juiciness on the palate with acidity that carries the flavours. This would be great with duck in a rich sauce.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.

£12.83 Davy's Wine Merchants

Sogevinus, Kopke, Douro Red 2017, Douro, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Approachable and easy-drinking, bursting with blue fruit, sour black cherries and kirsch.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK. 'Elegant and juicy, this has lots of mileage.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'Full-bodied and strong, with dark cherry and wood notes.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'A big, classic Douro red.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£8.80 Hayward Bros

Poças, Símbolo 2016, Douro, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Spicy red fruit, fig and balsamic notes lead to some nice powdery tannins that keep the palate long and interesting.' Joshua Castle, Noble Rot. 'Full-bodied, strong and elegant, with some hefty tannins and a leathery finish.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'A well-made, old-school wine that's full, big and tannic.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£33.00 House of Townend

Alves de Sousa, Quinta da Gaivosa, Vinha de Lordelo 2016, Douro, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'A classy wine with vanilla, cedar, burnt orange peel, leather, cassis, prunes, dates and wild flowers - this has it all. Great with any roasted meat, or a seared rib-eye.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'Dark fruits, woody spice, and herbal freshness adorn the palate, with mouth-coating richness. A serious, savoury and structured wine.' Sam Weatherill, Etch. by Steven Edwards.

£47.21 Atlantico UK, Top Selection

Quinta do Vallado, Touriga Nacional 2017, Douro, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'Tea smoke and Turkish delight lead to a fleshy palate with tannins a-plenty.' Jade Koch, team leader. 'An intense, powerful wine that combines freshness and ripeness.' Jan Konetzki, team leader. 'Well-made, with plenty of life and a robust character.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO.

£20.00 Bibendum

Quinta do Crasto, Superior, Syrah 2017, Douro, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'This is robust on the palate, with sweet, dark stewed fruit, rum pot, and violet notes.' Jan Konetzki, team leader. 'Fruity and juicy, with some spicy notes too.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'This is showing notes of coconut, spice and black fruit.' Vivienne Franks, Aspects of Wine.

£16.48 Enotria&Coe

Alves de Sousa, Vale da Raposa, Reserva 2017, Douro, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'A full-bodied wine with ripe fruit and floral overtones, like potpourri and violets.' Laurent Richet MS, team leader. 'An inky and perfumed style, with black and red fruit, and well-integrated tannins. A match for dry-aged meat.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

£15.20 Atlantico UK, Top Selection

Ivin, Bota Velha, Colheita Red 2018, Douro, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'Typical for the Douro valley, this has red and black fruit aromas and some well-integrated oak.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant. 'This has some lively blue fruit, and a savoury edge, with a consistent vein of acid through the middle. This is grippy, and needs food.' Harry Crowther, Grape Times UK.

£8.83 Ivin, Lda

Quinta do Infantado, Douro Tinto 2015, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£10.57 Liberty Wines

Quinta do Vallado, Douro Tinto, Organic 2018, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£17.43 Bibendum

Quinta do Crasto, Touriga Franca 2016, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£28.83 Enotria&Coe

Roquette & Cazes, Douro Tinto 2015, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£16.78 Enotria&Coe

Poças, Vale de Cavalos, Red 2017, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Poças, Reserva Red 2016, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner

DFJ Vinhos, Vega 2017, Douro, Portugal

Commended medal winner


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