Grans Muralles, the wine made by Familia Torres in the DO Conca de Barberà, was again named “Best in Show” at the Decanter World Wine Awards, the biggest international wine competition, organized by British magazine Decanter. This year’s award went to the 2016 vintage. For the second year in a row, this Mediterranean red wine made using native varieties, including some ancestral varieties, obtained 97 points and the highest distinction in this prestigious competition, considering it one of the world’s 50 best wines. It is also one of four Spanish wines – and the only Catalan wine – that appears in this exclusive category, chosen from among more than 16,500 wines from 55 countries.
Grans Muralles 2016 is one of Familia Torres’ emblematic wines and part of its Anthology collection. It comes from a historical vineyard with deep and stony soils formed by layers of slate and granite, at the foot of the walls that once protected Poblet Monastery in Conca de Barberà. Made for the first time in 1996, it is the first exponent of the project to recover ancestral varieties that Familia Torres started in the early 1980s, thanks to the inclusion of the Garró variety in its blend, while the Querol variety was also added years later.
Combined with Garnacha, Cariñena, and Monastrell, these varieties create an intense wine that is aromatic and perfectly balanced, where the freshness predominates. For Miguel Torres Maczassek, from the fifth generation of the Torres family, “Grans Muralles 2016 is one of the great vintages of this decade; it shows with considerable precision the Mediterranean character that comes from its landscape and its ancient varieties. The Decanter award is a huge recognition in general for the Mediterranean red wines from this area.”
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 has also awarded gold medals to another four wines from different Familia Torres wineries, giving them scores of 95 points each. These are Purgatori 2016 (Costers del Segre), Pago del Cielo Celeste Reserva 2015 (Ribera del Duero), La Carbonera Las Pisadas 2016 (Rioja), and Pazo das Bruxas 2019 (Rías Baixas).
The results for this competition are obtained based on blind tastings with wine professionals held during August in London, and this year have comprised a total of 178 platinum medals (wines scoring 97 points or higher), 537 gold medals (95-96 points), 5,234 silver medals (90-94 points), and 7,508 bronze medals (86-89 points), in addition to the ultimate recognition for 50 wines considered the “Best in Show.”
To see the results for the Decanter World Wine Awards 2020, click here.