Spanish Syrah, Petit Verdot impress experts at global tasting

Spanish Syrah and Petit Verdot from Abadia Retuerta winery have come out on top in a blind tasting against wines from top producers worldwide.

magazine (Austria); Madeleine Stenwreth MW (Sweden); Jane Masters (MW); Chandra Kurt (Switzerland).Of the five vintage 2010 Syrahs tasted Abadia Retuerta’s Pago Garduña came out ahead of Giaconda’s Warner Vineyard and Torbreck’s Descendant, followed by wines from Cote Rotie and Hermitage. The judges highlighted Pago Garduña’s balance between the fruitfulness and density of the Australian wines, and the leaner character of the French.The Abadia Retuerta Petit Verdot 2012 also came out on top ahead of Decero 2012 from Mendoza and a Paso Robles blend. Said Chairman of the judges, Sarah Jane Evans MW, ‘There are few fine 100% Petit Verdots in the world. This wine showed itself as a variety that can clearly ripen well in the Abadia Retuerta soils. It makes a apparent point http://1000-facts-about-wine.com of difference for the winery.’The winner of the Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 flight – which contained a mix of blends and 100% Cabernets - was Concha y Toro’s Almaviva. Abadia Retuerta’s Pago Valdebellón came second ahead of Joseph Phelps Insignia (Napa), Sassicaia and Chateau Lynch Bages. The highest scoring 2009 Tempranillos were Artadi’s Pagos Viejos (Rioja) and Pago de los Capellanes El Picón (Ribera del Duero). Third was a wild card – Catena Zapata Malbec. Valero said: ‘What we tried to achieve with the Zurich tasting was a mix of well-known and respected commentators and wines in order to establish whether our wines are capable of performing well in such propitious companionship. We are delighted with the result.’

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