NWSWA offers higher standards

A £250 red wine from Ribera del Duero has been chosen by a panel of top tasters as Best Wine of Show at this year’s New Wave Spanish Wine Awards.

Viñedos & Bodegas García Figuero’s Tinus 2006 also won Best Premium Red Wine Over £20.

OLN’s Tim Atkin MW and an expert panel of judges, comprised of major buyers and wine writers, tasted nearly 900 wines before deciding on a list of 119 they felt best represented Spain’s offering.

Trophies were awarded to 18 wines considered to be outstanding.

Tesco product development manager James Griswood said the competition showed that wines from Spain can “stand up on a global stage”.

He added: “This year’s competition showed a much higher and more even standard of wines compared to previous years.”?Wine writer and consultant John Radford said: “The wine seems to get better and there were more arguments between the judges. There were some very good sweet wines.”?House & Garden wine and food editor Joanna Simon noticed “quite a high number” of faulty bottles and advised wine producers to use screwcaps for appropriate styles such as whites and young rosés.

She too spotted a gradual improvement in quality year by year.

“The competition highlights the quality of the very best Spanish wines and draws attention to the variety and diversity of styles, regions and grape varieties available,” she added.

This year’s winners – page 18-19