A review of the wines tasted in 2014.
To compilte this list of top 50 wines 2014 from more than 4,800 wines, Decanter’s brought together wines tasted and rated by Decanter’s expert tasters and writers over the past 12 months, we have picked out the highest-scoring, best-value bottles available in the UK and some world wide, you can use Wine Searcher to find them in your country if you’re based outside the UK. And with 20 wines priced at £20 or below, there’s a host of affordable gems to enjoy throughout the year. There are great wines from across the globe including Chile, France, Italy, Austria and Australia.
Here is the list of the Top 50 wines 2014.
Made by Dermot Sugrue, former winemaker at Nyetimber, this is the second vintage from a vineyard planted on chalk in
Elegant and quite complex, with tight, powerful cherry and berry fruit flavours and an underlying sappy, savoury, mineral character that
Winemaker Hiroyuki Kusuda has made a stunning dry wine. Subtle and delicate, but concentrated lavender, mandarin and raw apricot notes,
Elegant with concentrated red cherry, violet, mixed spice and coffee flavours. Sweet fruit is balanced by fine tannins that help
Fragrant mint and tobacco notes over deep, tight aromas of plum and cherry. Beautifully balanced, with sensuous black cherry fruit
From the estate’s oldest and highest vines, located 6km south of Lake Garda, this single-vineyard example is a crisp, mineral,
Expressive, citrus nose, with white fruits and pure, mineral palate that goes on and on. Produced from Turbiana, or Trebbiano
Fine fruit nose of peaches and apples with good structure and mineral depth. This wine impresses with its tension and
Captures this vintage’s cool spring then blindingly sunny autumn. With an intense perfume of mint and cranberry, and delicately layered
Masculine and generous with forest fruit aromas. Rustic with flavours of leather and wild game and gripping tannins. Plump and
A smoky, flinty nose and palate boasting white peach and a lively streak of zesty, limey acidity. A wine with
From bush-vine blocks registered in 1902 and 1942. Peach blossom and orange peel aromas, intense citrus palate developing nuttiness and
Read Decanter's tasting note for Bodegas Hidalgo, Napoleon, Manzanilla Amontillada, Spain Sherry .
Classic, long-aged Rioja nose dominated by developed, tertiary components: black tea, fine leather, balsamic notes. Hightoned mouthfeel, with great acidity
Located on the banks of the Bibei River where Romans once found large deposits of gold, this Mencía blended with
Grapes selected from 75- to 100-year-old vines grown on 27 small plots at 400m to 750m elevation. Perfumed, tarry nose
80-year-old Garnacha from vineyards at 750m elevation. Perfumed nose with black cherry and damson, sandalwood and floral scents. Complex, mineral
This Galician region may not usually be associated with red wines, but the owner has built a reputation for making
At last, a reason to buy white Rioja. Jesús Madrazo has been making small quantities of this for a few
It may have taken 132 years for this historic wine merchant to add a Cava to its portfolio, but it
Austere and tight, but has tropical fruit purity, tangy ginger spice, oatmeal and toasted almond notes. The richness is still
Notes of caramelised plums and hints of dark spices and cranberries. Lots of leather and cigar-box aromas. Wild game and
Powerful; superb balance with great typicity and outstanding complexity. A benchmark that will reward a little patience. Price £19.50-£21.99 Astrum
Very ripe plum and menthol nose. Rich fruit but cut by fine acidity that gives tension and finesse. Well-integrated oak
Quite probably the best vintage of this wine to date from Shaw & Smith. Aromas of wet brick mortar, dark
Eucalyptus on nose and palate. Savoury leather and a touch of coffee – very fresh fruit and oak. Lovely bursts
The best vintage yet of this Shiraz. The nose is ripe and mellow, with layers of rich blackberry and plum.
Very nice sweet aromatics, lovely juicy, sweet blackcurrant fruit richness. Beautiful balance of seamless, dark mulberry and loganberry fruit quality
Sourced from an 0.8ha block planted more than 70 years ago, the lower yields in 2012 mean this beauty is
Very restrained in all respects. The bouquet has great subtlety and harmony, with elements of creamy lees, cashews and white
Shy, restrained aroma hinting at malt, flowers and honey. Delicate, refined and restrained palate of great intensity, line and length,
Super-fresh and seductive, punching mint and eucalyptus up your nose, with a touch of old diesel oil and candied lemon
Pinot Noir is not a grape usually associated with Argentina but this bodega makes some of the best in the
Nervy, edgy and full of promise of dark black fruits, wild lavender and thyme. Inky deep, yet velvety smooth, ripe
Lovely, lengthy nose of raspberries and cherries; full of rich fruit that is delicious, cooling and claret-like. Grown with minimal
Black pepper, meat and leaf notes emerging nicely. Mineral, taut, cogent, fine, firm and beautiful. This style needs to develop
Classy and seductive, with generous aromas of blackberries, bacon fat and black olives. Beautifully complex. Ripe, juicy and pure with
Everything a quality Lambrusco should be: softly persistent bubbles, joyous, ripe fruit on the nose and a long, semi-dry palate.
Flinty, mineral nose, showing yellow fruits with a freshening acidity. Great structure and a lengthy finish; very pure and classy.
Bright, fresh, pure black fruits. Peppery and expressive with vivid aromatics of violets. Full bodied, weighty palate but has lift
Very appealing Grenache aromas. Elegant, pure, dainty fruit droplets on the palate and fine tannins. A beautiful and clear Châteauneuf,
Elegant damask rose colour; savoury, fine orchard fruit nose with hints of citrus and forest floor. The palate is charming;
Made by a couple who did a winemaking stint in New Zealand, it’s perhaps no surprise that this is an
Exotically honeyed fruit, fully rich and smooth on the palate, wonderful citrus and spice elements add to the vigour and
Beautifully expressed, fragrant Cabernet fruit. Such purity, depth and elegance on the nose that the palate can only follow, and
Wonderfully elegant expression of Pauillac Cabernet – just pure, refined fruit reserved for the future. Sophisticated elegance, holding great promise.
Dense nose: mocha, with a slight herbaceous edge. Medium-bodied, supple and approachable, though it doesn’t lack tannin or structure. Concentrated