Bodegas Torres – Ireland’s favourite Spanish wine brand (Nielsen) and twice voted the World’s Most Admired Wine Brand by Drinks International – recorded another landmark win in its esteemed history last week when its Reserva Real 2010 took home the top honours in the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015.
Reserva Real won the International Trophy in the Red Bordeaux Varietals Over £15 category, the highest distinction given by the DWWA, beating all other Bordeaux blends from around the world, including those from the region itself.
Reserva Real by Bodegas Torres is the only Catalan wine, and one of only four Spanish wines, to obtain the International Trophy in this new edition of the World Wine Awards. Only 35 wines – from a total of 15,929 tasted – have been given this highest distinction.
In their tasting notes, the DWWA judges had this to say about Reserva Real:
“An outstanding, consummate wine; very deep, dark, dense and complex, with aromas of cigar box, pencil lead and blackberry on the fragrant nose which has a lovely Cabernet quality. The ripeness is spot on, accompanied by wonderful, high quality, velvety tannins and the capacity to age for another ten years.”
Currently only available in Ireland at the award winning Chapter One Restaurant, but soon to feature in selected premium off licences.
A more accessible option and a close runner up would be Torres Mas La Plana, which beat some of the best Bordeaux First Growths in a blind tasting in Paris RRP €48.00. Available from O’Brien’s Wines, Joyce’s of Galway, Supervalu Skibbereen, Supervalu Westport, Ardkeen Stores Waterford, Bradley’s of North Main Street Cork, Jus de Vine Portmarnock, Wine Well Dunboyne, Redmond’s of Ranelagh, Carpenter’s of Carlow, and other good independent off-licences.