Decanter World Wine Awards: Portugal’s Gold Medal & Regional Trophy wines
Last week Decanter magazine announced the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards (click here for details). My panel, which focused on table wines and fortified Moscatels, unearthed 6 Gold Medal winners, five of which won Regional Trophies. They were:
Portugal Southern Red Wine Trophy under £10/Gold Medal
Tagus Creek Shiraz/Trincadeira 2010 – a complete bargain at around a fiver, this well known brand surprised and seduced us with its uncommon lift and freshness. £26.94 per case (equivalent to £4.49/bottle) at Tesco
Portugal Southern Red Wine Trophy over £10/Gold Medal
Vinhos Sogrape Callabriga Reserva, Alentejo 2005 – this well structured, robust blend has developed lovely complexity without losing its freshness – a terrific evocation of the Alentejo.
Portugal Sweet Wine Trophy/Gold Medal
Rozès Noble Late Harvest 2009 – for my 50 Great Portuguese Wines, Quinta do Portal Late Harvest 2007 blew my socks off with a purity and finesse I didn’t know the Douro could achieve with sweet wines, so great to discover another fine example of this dynamic region’s versatility.
Portugal Fortified Trophy over £10/Gold Medal
Quinta do Portal Moscatel de Douro Reserva 2000 – not to be left out at Decanter World Wine Awards, Portal’s terrific example of Moscatel do Douro took my breath away with its sheer length and persistence. £9.99 (half bottle) at Hennings
Portugal Fortified Trophy under £10/Gold Medal
Bacalhôa Vinhos Moscatel de Setúbal 2004 – with lots of layers to keep you coming back for more, this is a dangerously moreish buy for under a tenner! £9.50 (75cl) at Tanners
Quinta da Pedra Alta Touriga Nacional 2007 – made the cut for last year’s Top 12 Touriga Nacional at ViniPortugal’s first International Conference in Porto (click here for the full list) and was also a hit at Decanter.
As regular readers know, I tend to prefer traditional Portuguese blends over single varietal wines but check out tomorrow’s post for the heads up on four more distinguished single varietal Douro wines, this time, from the 2009 vintage.
You’ll find profiles for each of the Regional Trophy winners on Decanter’s site here.