Berkmann's Wine Cellars

BERKMANN LAUNCHES NEW AUSTRALIAN PORTFOLIO

We are delighted to announce a complete overhaul of our Australian agency portfolio, in what is the most significant range change at Berkmann for fifteen years.

The new selection showcases the features that make Australia the most exciting New World producer of the moment: precisely defined regionality, a growing sense of elegance and restraint, a diverse range of grape varieties, and a broad spectrum of winemaking styles. The sixty-odd wines cover wholesale price points from £5 to £50, and alcohol levels from 15.5% down to 4.5%, with an average of under 13.5%. Eight regions across three states are represented, with twenty grape varieties making an appearance.

Berkmann’s new line-up of exclusive agencies comprises:

Deakin Estate, Victoria – single-estate wines at a fighting price point still exist!

Allegory, Western Australia – exclusive label from WA; great value regional blends

Fraser Gallop, Margaret River – much talked about single estate producing breathtakingly pure, elegant wines

Chapel Hill, McLaren Vale – obscenely talented winemaker Michael Fragos pioneering the appellation

Langmeil, Barossa – fifth-generation Barossa family with the oldest vines in Australia (planted 1843), and a great supporting cast of other venerable vineyards

Katnook Estate, Coonawarra – historic Coonawarra estate producing iconic Cabernet – and much more besides

Deviation Road, Adelaide Hills – boutique winery setting a new standard for New World sparkling wine

Lethbridge, Geelong – micro-winery south of Melbourne specialising in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Not exported outside Victoria, except to Berkmann!

Purchasing director Alex Hunt MW commented: “I feel privileged that so many sought-after producers have decided to join Berkmann’s family of agencies. Making such a major change to our portfolio in one fell swoop has been challenging, but I couldn’t be happier with the result. Not only are each of these producers brilliant in their own right, but they fit together perfectly. The range now offers great breadth with no weak links: there is something for everyone, and everything has its place. Australian wine has progressed enormously in the last few years, and the whole team is delighted to be back at the cutting edge.”