London Wine Fair 2017
We will be on stand B60 from Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th May with winemakers from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand attending to present and discuss their wines. We hope to see you there! Winemakers and winery representatives on our stand will include:
Bird in Hand, Adelaide Hills: winemaker Kym Milne MW is attending to show the estate’s entire range, including their Shiraz and Chardonnay at all price levels plus outstanding sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé.
Thorn-Clarke, Barossa: senior winemaker Peter Kelly will present the exemplary ranges from this outstanding and highly-regarded estate with single varietals and brilliant Bordeaux blends which culminate in the premium Ron Thorn Shiraz.
Escarpment, Martinborough: the iconic winemaker/owner Larry McKenna, one of the founding fathers of Pinot Noir in this region, will attend to show his range of Pinot Noirs and also outstanding Chardonnays at all price levels. He will be launching his 2015 single vineyard ‘Insight Series’ Pinot Noirs at the fair.
John Forrest Collection, Marlborough: the force of nature that is John Forrest, winemaker/owner, will attend LWF to explain the site-specific nature of his JFC collection as well as the science behind the brilliant ‘The Doctors’ range of lower alcohol wines produced naturally from Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir (Rosé) and Riesling.
Waipara Springs and Bascand, Waipara/Marlborough: general manager Andrew Moore is representing these ranges which consist of the competitively-priced Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Bascand and premium site-specific varietals from Waipara Springs. Vineyards over 30 years old bring great complexity at excellent prices.
Bouchard Finlayson, Walker Bay: Peter Finlayson (winemaker) and Lia Poveda, UK-based sales ambassador will be tasting this range of Burgundian-inspired Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, plus their outstanding blends – Blanc de Mer (5 varietals) and Hannibal (6 varietals).
Paul Cluver, Elgin: this outstanding and multi-award-winning range is being presented by winemaker Andries Burger. Of particular note are the estate’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are produced in cool climate Elgin to worldwide acclaim.
Darling Cellars, Darling: the Darling region is at last getting the recognition it deserves as the ‘fruit basket’ of South Africa, with grapes from the unirrigated, old bush vines utilised by the skilful winemakers at Darling Cellars. Lourens Relihan, sales & marketing manager, is representing the full range at LWF, including the launch of the Capeman pair of wines; Sauvignon Blanc and Red Blend (Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Carignan).
Ernie Els Wines, Stellenbosch: an enlarged range that includes four Big Easy wines as well as the Estate Ernie Els range of single varietal red wines, will be represented by Louw Strydom, the sales and marketing manager from the estate.
Glenelly, Stellenbosch: this highly-regarded range, produced in South Africa by the team behind the indomitable May-Eliane de Lenquesaing, former Bordeaux châtelaine, are being presented by winemaker Luke O’Cuinneagain and export manager Nic Bureau.
Alphabetical, Western Cape: together David Cope and Simon Wibberley are Owl and Vine, a small company who specialise in creating distinctive wine brands, with an over-riding theme being rule breaking and non-conformity. They source special parcels and blend as they think best – drinking wine from tumblers is recommended in their Cape Town Bar Publik. Both Alphabetical Red and White blends will be at LWF, plus blends to be discovered on the day!
Indaba, Western Cape: Indaba is the Zulu word for ‘a meeting of the minds’. Created by celebrated winemaker Bruwer Raats from grapes grown under long-term stewardship arrangements around the Western Cape, a strong social element lies behind this brand with a percentage of their profits used for ‘empowering the most vulnerable children in the South African Winelands through transformative education’. Meet Nico Redlinghuys, general manager, to taste the range.
Kaapzicht, Stellenbosch: translated as ‘Cape View’, Kaapzicht has a stunning view from the Bottelary Hill tops over the distant Table Mountain. Pinotage is king here, with the Steytler family considered amongst the top two winemakers for this varietal. The 1947 Chenin (made from the second oldest block in SA) had the wine trade’s attention since its inception in 2014 – annually winning Platter 5*. Danie Steytler Jnr, winemaker, will bring samples of the 2016 vintage to the show to launch the next allocation for the UK.
Lemberg, Tulbagh: established in 1978, and famed originally as the smallest wine estate in the Western Cape, nowadays Lemberg’s draw is in its uniquely stylish and eclectic varietal compositions. Suzanne van Rensburg, manager, will present Hárslevelü in various guises, plus a delicate Pinotage and stunning red blends.
Catherine Marshall Wines, Elgin: bijou, feminine, pure and expressive, Catherine Marshall is a wonderful winemaker in the cool climes of Elgin. And her terroir-led wines are all of these things. Pinot Noir from Sandstone and Clay soils dominate, along with an ever evolving wider range. Meet Catherine at the fair to hear the full explanation of site and style.
Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch: for over 300 years this estate has stood on the Helderberg, producing only red wines. Famously the Estate Wine was selected by Nelson Mandela at his Nobel Peace Prize dinner in 1994. Warren Granat-Mulder, export manager, will present Rust en Vrede, Guardian Peak and Donkiesbaai (Piekenierskloof & Witzenberg – Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc) at the fair.
Rustenberg, Stellenbosch: founded in 1682, on the high, cool slopes of the Simonsberg, Rustenberg stands proud as one of the true grandees of the South African wine trade. As an established producer of premium quality, internationally-recognised wines, third generation cellarmaster, Murray Barlow is always alert to new trends. He will be launching 2015 Grenache, 2016 Malbec and halves of 2015 Red Muscadel dessert style wine at the fair.