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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Rest of Spain

Winner Details

Rest of Spain

Something of a split here. Taking in, basically, ‘anywhere south of Madrid or in the sea’ our tasters had a disappointing experience with the whites, but were keener on the reds. Yes, there was some patchy stuff in the early rounds, but once we were at the medal-giving stage, there was some good wine on offer, and the prices were competitive.

This is handy, because getting these wines from unknown regions into a customer’s glass is the definition of the words ‘hand-sell’.

From The Tasting Teams

‘There’s potential here. Though I’d like them to be more approachable, so you’d want a second glass rather than just one glass at 15% alcohol.’ Erik Simonics, Annabel’s

‘Unfortunately, we didn’t find quality or value for money in the whites.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘The problem for Spain is how you sell a wine from La Mancha, for example, as it’s going to go on a part of the list that just says “Spain”. It’s not a selling point to say La Mancha.’ Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader

‘This region used to be just about pumping out mass-produced jammy wines, but even at around £10 here it showed it’s really grown up in terms of winemaking.’ Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House

Award winners

Found 17 wines

Spain: Rest of Spain

Mesta, Tempranillo, Organic, Uclés 2018, Central Castile, Spain

Gold medal winner

'This has good balance and freshness, with some cooked strawberry notes and nice complexity. One for gastropubs.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting. 'An inviting wine with a fresh, fruity aroma, leading to gentle tannins with lots of red fruit. Very appealing.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier. 'This is easy to like, with a fragrant, juicy nose and soft, approachable tannins.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

£7.15 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Quinta de Quercus, Uclés 2016, Central Castile, Spain

Gold medal winner

'There's good concentration here, with fresh red cherries and some green leaf aromas, and a rustic note too.' Andre Luís Martins, team leader. 'With good balance of fruit and tannins, this is quite a versatile wine, for everything from pubs to brasseries.' Anja Breit, abWINEconsulting. 'Plump and enticing fruit joined by a little spice, and just the right amount of bite.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House.

£13.41 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bodegas Volver, Tarima Hill 2017, Alicante, Spain

Gold medal winner

'Powerful yet elegant, with ripe black fruits, some eucalyptus and some spicy notes.' Gianluca Provenzani, Belmond Cadogan Hotel. 'Very ripe and intense dark fruit flavours, with lots of sweet spices too.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s. 'A well-made wine, with proper structure, and alcohol well integrated, with a spicy finish. A wine to enjoy with hard, salty Spanish cheeses.' Emanuel Pesqueira, Edwardian Hotels London.

£9.22 C&D Wines

Dominio de Fontana, Garnacha/Syrah, Uclés 2018, Central Castile, Spain

Silver medal winner

'A rich, warm and rounded wine that's lovely to drink, and a real crowd-pleaser.' Bianca Potenza, 212 Amsterdam. 'Notes of black fruit, forest floor and elements of smoke.' Gary Newborough, The Aristologist. 'Ripe red fruits with powerful sweet spices too.' Andre Luís Martins, team leader.

£8.25 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bodega Biniagual, Finca Biniagual Negre 2014, Mallorca, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'A ripe and spicy wine with matured, tertiary aromas of leather, oak and dark chocolate.' Erik Simonics, Annabel’s. 'With its sandy, earthy palate, this is easy-drinking and super-smooth, with a nice, fruity finish.' Bianca Potenza, 212 Amsterdam. 'A bright yet aromatic wine with spicy and rich cooked fruits and well-integrated tannins lifted by fresh acidity.'

£16.24 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Bodegas Volver, Volver 2017, La Mancha, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'A hint of menthol gives a nice lift, with dense dark fruit, lovely complexity and balance.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'There's lots of green bell pepper on the nose, though with enough jammy red fruit coming through - this is soft enough to pair with mild cheese.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£9.28 C&D Wines

Bodegas Hispano+Suizas, Bobos, Finca Casa La Borracha 2017, Utiel-Requena, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'With a strong lead aroma of roasted red fruits, and a freshness to the taste with notes of sour cherry, this would suit tomato-based dishes.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier. 'Impressively juicy and full-flavoured, with redcurrant, kumquat and pomegranate notes leading to a very long finish with fine tannins.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader.

£17.60 Boutinot

Juan Gil, Silver Label, Monastrell 2017, Jumilla, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'A succulent wine to sink into, with plenty of plump, pillowing fruit and notes of fine oak. Long and ripe.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader. 'This has intense sweet fruit, with a nice little snap and bite.' Dave Cushley, Prestonfield House. 'Opening with notes of menthol and eucalyptus, this is fresh and fruity.' Antóin UáRuairc, UK Midland Sommelier.

£12.73 Enotria&Coe

Las Moradas de San Martin, Albillo Real 2017, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Bronze medal winner

'This is elegant and fresh, with hints of yoghurt, and acidity overall in balance, resulting in a refreshing finish.' Mikolaj Harmider, Cava Spiliadis Collection and Simpsons Restaurant. 'This has an elegant nose, with some spring flowers and citrus notes leading to a dry, juicy palate with white fruit and a creamy texture.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£14.47 Bibendum

Bodegas Viñátigo, Gual 2018, Tenerife, Spain

Commended medal winner

Mesta, Verdejo, Organic, Uclés 2019, Central Castile, Spain

Commended medal winner

Juan Gil, Yellow Label, Monastrell 2018, Jumilla, Spain

Commended medal winner

£8.49 Enotria&Coe

Bodegas Verum , Ulterior, Real Parcel 7 & 9, Organic, Albillo 2017, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£14.02 Enotria&Coe

Bodegas Verum , Ulterior, Parcela No. 6, Organic, Garnacha 2017, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£14.02 Enotria&Coe

Bodegas Verum, Ulterior, Parcela No. 4, Organic, Mazuelo 2017, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£14.02 Enotria&Coe

Bodegas Verum, Ulterior, Parcela No. 17, Organic, Graciano 2016, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£14.02 Enotria&Coe

Las Moradas de San Martin, Initio Garnacha 2011, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Commended medal winner

£13.62 Bibendum

 

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