Gold Medal – Gilbert and Gillard International Challenge 2020 (France)
Gold Medal – China Wine & Sprits Awards 2020
Valcanto Syrah is another of the great value imports brought to New Zealand by Master of Wine, Steve Bennett. In fact Steve says of Bodegas Piqueras they are “One of the best value producers I’ve discovered in my 29 years in the industry.” High praise indeed and Steve has found some crackers. This is a nicely maturing, mid to full bodied Spanish Syrah with nice fruit and a complex savoury underbelly.
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
“Full-bodied red wine with rich aromas of red cherries, plums and blackberries and spicy notes of black pepper. Remarkable red fruit presence on the mid-palate, soft tannins and medium-long finish. Balanced, excellent acidity, smooth and elegant in the mouth with a subtle hint of toastiness. Great ageing potential.”
90/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2020 (2018 Vintage)
“Beautifully ripe and fragrant, showing dark plum, sweet cherry, toasted spice, floral and almond characters on the nose. The palate delivers lovely supple mouthfeel and succulent fruit intensity, combined with silky texture and fine tannins, making it approachable and flavoursome. At its best: now to 2023.”