Spain has boosted its reputation as a rising force in fine wine at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015, taking the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals over £15, in a year that produced several surprises and also saw Australian, French and South African wines prosper.
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In results announced today (14 June), Spain’s Miguel Torres scooped the international trophy for Red Bordeaux varietals over £15 for its Reserva Real 2010 vintage from Penedes in Catalonia. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes and was created in the 1990s, following a visit of Spain’s King Don Juan Carlos to the winery.
Torres’ victory in a Bordeaux category is a further example of Spain’s growing reputation for quality. Sarah Jane Evans MW, regional chair for Spain and Sherry at the Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2015, has said that Spain is ‘the most exciting thing happening in European wine right now’.
Other Spanish wines taking international trophies at this year’s awards include Gonzalez Byass’ Cuatro Palmas, an Amontillado Sherry, which won Dry fortified over £15.
International trophies are the highest accolade a wine can achieve at the DWWA. Wines that have already been awarded regional trophies – themselves all gold medal winners – are pitted against each other according to their style in lengthy blind tasting sessions, conducted by a select team of experts at Decanter’s purpose-built tasting room in London.
This year’s awards saw 35 international trophies awarded from a total 15,929 wines tasted at the beginning of the judging process, including eight for France, six for Australia and five for South Africa and four for Spain.
Among the international trophy winners was Bay of Fires‘ Sauvignon Blanc 2014 vintage from Tasmania – produced by Hardys owner Accolade Wines – which won Sauvignon Blanc over £15.
Back in Europe, Slovenia won the international trophy for Sweet wine over £15 thanks to Ptujska Klet Pullus’ Laski Rizling 2012 vintage.
Elsewhere, UK retailer Marks & Spencer proved that good quality white Burgundy doesn’t have to cost a fortune by winning the international trophy for Chardonnay under £15 for its own-label Macon Villages, Cote Maconnais 2014 vintage.
DWWA chairman Steven Spurrier said, ‘Our standards are high, and so are our expectations. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have the utmost confidence.’
This year’s awards were judged by 240 of the world’s best palates, including 85 Masters of Wine and 23 Master Sommeliers.
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