Tenuta J. Hofstätter
We are privileged to welcome one of the great family estates of Italy to the portfolio. Alto Adige-based Hofstätter was founded in 1907 and has since pioneered production of both Pinot Noir and single-vineyard wines in the region, as well as developing a worldwide reputation for Gewurztraminer. Sauvignon Blanc is a successful new addition to the range, while the Barthenau Vigna S. Urbano Pinot Nero is surely Italy’s very best expression of the grape.
Weingut Dr Fischer
A revitalised historic estate on the Saar river; we have two crystalline Rieslings from the range, which show classic grapefruity Saar style; the Kabinett is the more concentrated, from a top single vineyard.
This family producer was established in South Africa’s Swartland decades before the region’s recent ascent to high-fashion status. A favoured hillside position gives the wines a clarity and elegance on both whites and reds, which are succulent yet floral.
Miguel Angel de Gregorio founded the highly prestigious Finca Allende in 1995, and Finca Nueva is a newer range made purely from the limestone vineyards of his estate.
Beautifully packaged, fruit-forward Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc from Norton.
Historic (17th century) Trentino estate, creators of Italy’s first Bordeaux blend, now benefitting from Masi’s technical expertise and distribution network; really interesting blends.
This wine is made for us by one of the top producers of the region, but thanks to the completely unrelated branding and the young, fruit-driven, early-release style, it ends up being a complete steal.
This is a pair of Austrian wines that combine funky labels and brilliant quality.
This is a brilliant range with classy labels and refined, focused styles.
With two tiers of absolutely stunning wine; Indra 2012 is the top level, equivalent to Mietta Pinot Noir, 97 points from James Halliday.
Shiraz 2013 is equivalent to the Lethbridge Pinot Noir, 95 points from James Halliday.
From their new Collection range, we’ve selected Mourvèdre and Carignan as the tastiest and most interesting. Real depth, complexity and varietal expression in both.
Esprit de Pavie 2010 isn’t quite a second wine of the Parker 100-point St-Emilion, but is made by that team from various Right Bank vineyards under the same ownership of Gérard Perse. It is smart-looking, rich in flavour but nicely delineated, embodies the quality and character of the 2010 vintage.
Château Laroque 2008 is a classically styled, savoury St-Emilion Grand Cru Classé that also offers serious quality for not-crazy money, and is drinking very well now.
Masi’s Valpolicella Classico Superiore, a sort of super-Bonacosta
Mezzacorona have managed to tame this grape’s natural aggression without losing its fruit character. Masterfully made wine.
Xisto Cru Tinto
The red follow-up to Luis Seabra’s mind-blowing white wines. Just 12.5% alcohol and all in finesse, yet concentrated thanks to tiny 15-25hl/ha yields.
Alex Hunt MW