Peter Maude Fine Wines
2017, Valduero Finca Azaya, SPAIN
Castilla y León, 100% Tempranillo, 14 months in barrel.
This wine from Old Castille took our judges off the beaten Tempranillo path, but everyone loved its alluring liveliness, its grace, its shapeliness and it’s charm. It's dark black in colour with ripe berry scents backed by bay-leaf and oak-copse complexities. The palate is mouth-filling yet softly textured, with more red berry fruits in a settled and balanced style. A mist of fine tannins adds textural interest, but it's the intrinsic quality of the fruit itself which its creators have wisely decided to put centre stage. This is a hugely amenable red capable of partnering a wide range of dishes with panache. Drink 2019-2025.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019.
BEST IN SHOW
Ripe, fine dark cherry nose with soft spice & earth. Very vibrant mouthfilling coffee, chocolate note with a touch of warm roast-coconut mid palate. Very rich and supple mouthfeel. Then evolves/opens into a clean fresh, lightly textured finish. **** JK 4/06/22