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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > North-West

Winner Details

North-West (including Albariño)

Albariño can veer from being a high-acid squeeze of citrus to a comforting slice of fresh peach. The 2018 seems to have given wines more in the former than the latter camp, and our tasters were not overly impressed. Yes, there was freshness there, but not much else, and for the prices they expected more.

They didn’t find much to be excited about from the somewhat limited range of other white wines from the north-west either. But solace was at hand from an unlikely source: the reds. Hugely popular with the tasters, there were great wines here at good prices, with the wonderful Ronsel do Sil providing Ribera Sacra’s first Critics’ Choice winner.

From The Tasting Teams

‘Albariño does sell, and most of the time it’s at a good price point. I do a lees-aged one that brings a different style.’ Michael Fiducia, The Royal Automobile Club

‘Refreshing, spicy, full of bright red fruits. You could list the reds anywhere, and they’d be good for food or by the glass too.’ Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO

‘Most of these Albariños were nothing particularly special. They’re charging too much for it, and the variety is losing its identity.’ Angela Reddin, team leader

‘I really enjoyed this red flight. These were very succulent, structured, meaty wines. Customers ask for them, and respond well to them too, with steak, and even for white meat.’ Elisa Soggia, Trivet

‘The north-west is one of the most exciting areas of Spain at the moment. The reds were a full-blown success of a flight.’ Jan Konetzki, team leader

Award winners

Found 18 wines

Spain: North West, including Albarino

Ronsel do Sil, Apendre, Merenzao 2017, Galicia, Spain

Gold medal winner Critics Choice

'This has lovely acidity and a fresh, light structure, with bright red berries and spice to complement the fruit, giving it more complexity.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'A dry, fruity wine, with raspberries and red plums, some herbaceous and a hint of fresh mint.' Elisa Soggia, Trivet. 'High acidity is balanced by fresh black cherries and plums, as well as some savoury notes.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant.

£26.01 Bibendum

Adegas Castro Brey, Castro Valdes, Albarino 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Gold medal winner

'This opens with a lifted nose of light candied citrus peel and white flowers, with mineral aromas too, and a very refreshing palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'Lemongrass and stony minerality on the nose, leading to white peach and chamomile on the palate, with a delicate, nutty texture and a zingy finish.' Valentin Radosav, Gymkhana Restaurant London.

£10.25 Jeroboams

Paco & Lola, Paco, Valdeorras 2017, Galicia, Spain

Gold medal winner

'Young and fresh, showing violets on the nose and juicy red berries on the palate. A great wine to enjoy with semi-soft cheeses.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'Meaty, with dark fruits, smokiness and minerality. This has lovely weight and complexity - and is very food-friendly too.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'Inky, fruity and juicy, with enough complexity and balance to justify its price on any wine list.' Raphael Thierry, consultant.

£12.63 Matthew Clark

La Val, Finca Arantei, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Silver medal winner

'Intense stone and tropical fruits, with good balance and acidity on a creamy and delicate palate.' Janusz Sasiadek, Mercato Metropolitano. 'A nicely enticing nose of stone fruit and more tropical notes, with a rounded palate that's softer in acidity than a typical style.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£10.10 Boutinot

Vinos Valtuille, Pago de Valdoneje, Mencia Bierzo 2018, Castilla y León, Spain

Silver medal winner

'With black fruits, some lovely black-stone minerality and spicy liquorice, this offers lovely complexity for the price.' Laura Rhys MS, team leader. 'Fresh plums with a touch of leather, a velvet mouthfeel and a floral finish.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£9.12 Bibendum

Xosé Lois Sebio, O Con, Albariño, Rias Baixas 2018, Galicia, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'This has a ripe, intense nose that's slightly honeyed, with notes of lemon peel, tropical fruit and glazed ginger, with a good finish.' José Hernandez, Hakkasan. 'A delicate but complex nose of citrus, stone fruits and white flowers, leading to a refreshingly balanced palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£19.60 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Mar de Frades, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'A bright saline and mineral palate, with nice fruit notes and touches of lime-drenched melon and peach, with zingy freshness throughout.' Angela Reddin, team leader. 'This has lovely acidity, with stone and tropical fruits, and good balance, with a pleasant softness.' Janusz Sasiadek, Mercato Metropolitano.

£14.04 Enotria&Coe

Ronsel do Sil, Vel'Uveyra, Mencia 2017, Galicia, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'A young, fresh and pleasant wine, with a bright red berry bouquet and refreshing acidity.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'This has notes of chocolate, dried chilli and unroasted coffee, and a rich texture that's not overwhelming.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House.

£11.41 Bibendum

Tenoira Gayoso , Tenoira, Mencía 2018, Bierzo, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'An easy-drinking red with a bit of structure for by-the-glass food pairing.' Raphael Thierry, consultant. 'A young, fresh and juicy wine with some fresh strawberries and a soft feel on the palate.' Jurijs Nemkovs, StreetXO. 'A little bit rustic, with cool red and dark fruit.' Jan Konetzki, team leader.

£9.00 JUNTA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN/ICE

Viñas del Bierzo, Gran Bierzo El Culebral 2018, Bierzo, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'Armfuls of red fruits like strawberry, raspberry and cranberry, and a beautifully dry finish, with more aromatic notes coming forward.' Sam Winterbottom, The Albert Square Chop House. 'This has dark black plums, violets, a hint of liquorice and spice, and a savouriness too.' Lucie Hammerschmiedova, Portland Restaurant.

£13.00 JUNTA DE CASTILLA Y LEÓN/ICE

Pazo do Mar, Coral do Mar, Albariño 2018, Galicia, Spain

Commended medal winner

Paco & Lola, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£12.68 Matthew Clark

La Báscula, Atlantic Way, Albariño 2019, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£9.60 Boutinot

Virgen del Galir, Maruxa, Godello, Valdeorras 2019, Galicia, Spain

Commended medal winner

La Val, Orballo, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£8.50 Boutinot

Pagos del Rey, Pulpo, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£10.85 Matthew Clark

Martín Códax, El Cante, Albariño 2018, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

Castro Martin, Albariño, Family Estate Selection 2017, Rías Baixas, Spain

Commended medal winner

£11.91 Bibendum

 

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