Berkmann's Wine Cellars

Autumn 2015 Portfolio Update

NEW AGENCIES

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.

 

Babylon’s Peak

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.

 

Finca Nueva

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.

 

NEW RANGES

Porteño

Beautifully packaged, fruit-forward Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc from Norton.

 

Bossi Fedrigotti

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.

 

Bannockburn Bridge

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.

 

Zero-G

This is a pair of Austrian wines that combine funky labels and brilliant quality.

 

Joel Gott

This is a brilliant range with classy labels and refined, focused styles.

 

 

NEW LINES

Lethbridge

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.

 

Lapostolle

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.

 

Bordeaux

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.

 

Toar

Masi’s Valpolicella Classico Superiore, a sort of super-Bonacosta

 

Lagrein Riserva

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

Purchasing Director

Sept 15