UK Winemaker Tour: 10 Sept to 17 Sept 2019
Voyager Estate, established in 1978, is one of Margaret River’s leading estates. Manager of winemaking and viticulture, Steve James, takes a meticulous approach in the organic-in-conversion vineyards and winery, allowing the wines to express a sense of place. Last year, 2012 Voyager Estate Cabernet Merlot won Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 Trophy Fine Wine of the Year Award and Gold medal and we are excited to introduce the 2014 to the UK market, which has already received near perfect 98 points from James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.
During September, Great Wine Estates will be excited to welcome Steve James from Margaret River to London to launch new labels and vintages of Voyager Estate Wines.
Trade Visits can be booked by email sales@GreatWineEstates.com
Tues 10th September – 12-3pm – The Drop – Coal Drops Yard, Unit 22-24, Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DH
Wed 11th September – Hedonism Wines – 3-7 Davies St, Mayfair, London W1K 3LD, UK
Thurs 12th September – Fishers Baslow Hall Meet the Maker Dinner – Calver Rd, Baslow, Bakewell DE45 1RR, UK - Book or waitlist
Tues 17th September – 11am-5:30pm – Australia Redefined Trade Tasting - The OXO2, Level Two OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London, SE1 9PH (18.30 – 20.30 Consumer tasting). Book for Trade
UK Winemaker Tour: 22 June to 6 July 2019
Rollin Soles from ROCO Winery has been making wine in Willamette Valley for 30 years and was one of the establishing partners of Argyle. ROCO is highly respected including Top 100 Wine Spectator and 20 Most Admired Winemakers. The production is LIVE Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Rollin & Corby Soles will be in London for a suite of events and trade visits including:
Monday, 1st July, 4.30pm-7.30pm: Tasting at Hedonism Wines, Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 3LD
Tuesday, 2nd July: Winemakers Dinner Bistro Union, 40 Abbeville Road, London, SW4 9NG
Wednesday, 3rd July: The Drop, Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DH
Rollin will also be available for trade visits by appointment – contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
MICHAEL HALL WINES
UK Winemaker Tour: 15 July to 21 July 2019
Michael Hall is a prized Barossa Valley based micro-negociant winemaker who also happens to be a British ex-pat. He has Gold for the 2015 Syrah at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Best in Show Trophies at Marananga and Adelaide Hills Wine Shows and brings his individual, small batch, single vineyard wines from Barossa Valley, Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills. Michael will be in London for a suite of events and trade visits including:
Tuesday, 9th July: The Drop, Bagley Walk Arches, Coal Drops Yard, London, N1C 4DH
Wednesday, 10th July: Winemaker’s Dinner with Brompton Wines at San Lorenzo Restaurant, Wimbledon, SW19 7PA
Monday, 15th July 4.30pm to 7.30pm: Tasting at Hedonism Wines, Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 3LD
Tuesday, 16th July: Sang de Pigeon with Joanna Hardy & Michael Hall at The Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN
Michael will be in London and available for trade visits by appointment – contact email@example.com – as well as an exclusive public event:
In Conversation with Joanna Hardy & Michael Hall: Sang de Pigeon: Rubies & Shiraz
Tuesday 16 July 2019. Sessions: 3:30–5:30 pm or 6:30–8:30 pm. The Drawing Room, The Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN (map). RSVP by 1 July, firstname.lastname@example.org. Includes canapes. Complimentary but strictly limited to 60 guests. Presented by Great Wine Estates.
Join us at the spectacular Goldsmiths’ Hall for a fascinating 30-minute conversation with jewellery expert Joanna Hardy and trophy-winning winemaker Michael Hall, accompanied by a tasting of Michael Hall wines. These two lifelong friends worked together as jewellery experts in Geneva before Michael pursued his dream to become a winemaker in 2001.
Joanna Hardy is a Liveryman of the Goldsmiths’ Hall, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a jewellery specialist on the BBC ‘Antiques Roadshow’. Michael Hall has become a renowned, award-winning, micro-negociant winemaker, producing wine from ten small acre vineyards in Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills in Australia. Remembering his background, Michael took the name for his Sang de Pigeon from the colour of the finest Burmese rubies.
Joanna and Michael will reflect on the significance of place (geology for gemstones and terroir for wine); and the influence of the elements, local culture and meticulousness of the craft on both jewels and wine. The event will include an exclusive en primeur tasting of Michael’s ‘Sang de Pigeon’ and current release Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Pinot Noir and Syrah and featuring Joanna’s impressive tome, Ruby: The King of Gems.
Michael Hall’s Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Pinot Noir and Syrah wines available to order and ‘Sang de Pigeon’ for en primeur order. Signed copies of Joanna Hardy’s Ruby: The King of Gems will also be available for purchase.
Introducing Michael Hall Wines
Meet the most recent addition to our exciting portfolio of sustainable, handcrafted and regionally expressive wines. Michael Hall is a South Australian based micro-negociant who produces single-vineyard, small batch, elegant and award-winning wines. On the water now and due to land in November 2018.
2016 Michael Hall Barossa Valley Roussanne 12 x 750mL
This barrel fermented 100% Roussanne has notes of marzipan, banana peel and green tea on the nose, and a dry powdery palate of chamomile and cut hay. 2018 James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion – 90 points
2017 Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 12 x 750mL
This 2017 100% Chardonnay shows a beguiling interplay of ripe fruit and aromatic herbs. Think persimmon, pomelo, coriander stems and banoffee pie!
2016 Michael Hall Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 12 x 750mL
100% Pinot Noir. Exhibiting great structure, concentration and intricate, exotic fruit characters. Shows bright red fruits, cherry, plum and cranberry with a drying finish of rose water and orange peel. 2018 James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion – 95 points
2015 Michael Hall Eden Valley Syrah 12 x 750mL
100% Shiraz. Vivid carmine red, sweet blueberry and redcurrant, dark chocolate, violet and rose scented, delicate talc-y tannins. 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show (Class 32 - Shiraz, 2015 vintage.) - Gold medal. 2018 James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion – 94 points
Unfailingly meticulous, Michael’s philosophy is to allow the season and site to show themselves. He works closely with the growers to produce outstanding fruit with individual character, free from routine sprays and interventions. This means hand picking, maceration, wild yeasts, lees contact and stirring, barrel maturation and no filtration.
"Good wine can be made in the winery, but fine wine owes its qualities to the vineyard,” Michael Hall.
INVITATION IMBIBE LIVE
GREAT WINE ESTATES PRESENTS: VOYAGER ESTATE & LEOGATE ESTATE
OLYMPIA LONDON, 2 & 3 JULY 2018 (REGISTER live.imbibe.com/visit/)
We hope you can visit us in the Grand Hall at Olympia London this July, when we present two of our Australian producers: Voyager Estate from Margaret River and Leogate Estate from Hunter Valley.
VOYAGER ESTATE (est. 1978) is one of Margaret River’s most renowned producers. Sustainable and organic in conversion, its gravel soils, microclimate, maritime influence (‘overall the climate is similar (in terms of warmth) to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage,’ Halliday) have combined to produce some of the new world’s best chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Winemaker, Steve James uses only organic inputs, hand picking and sorting, and small batch fermentation and maturation before the final blend. We will pour the range including:
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot (Sommelier Wine Awards 2018 Gold medal and 95 points, Decanter, Sarah Ahmed), 2014 Chardonnay (93 points, Decanter, Sarah Ahmed) and 2016 Girt By Sea Chardonnay (SWA 2018, Silver medal).
LEOGATE ESTATE (past IWC Trophy for Best New Wine and 5-star winery in Halliday’s Wine Companion) is in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, 100-miles north of Sydney. In the 1970s, Len Evans AO OBE, one of the founding fathers of modern Australian wine, planted the vineyard. A blue eucalyptus haze hangs over the Brokenback Range with its ridges’ red volcanic soils sloping into the valley floor’s gravelly sandy loam and limestone, with fossils from the ancient seabed. In 2016, Leogate acquired a high-altitude, certified organic vineyard in the Central Ranges. We will pour the range including:
2014 ‘Brokenback Vineyard’ Semillon (Australian Wine Companion, 95 points) 2015 ‘Brokenback Vineyard’ Shiraz (Qantas Business Class pour & Harpers UK, ‘Wine Stars Australia’, 4-stars) and NASAA certified-organic 2016 ‘Gatecrasher’ Merlot.
MONDAY 2 JULY & TUESDAY 3 JULY 2018
OLYMPIA LONDON, HAMMERSMITH RD, HAMMERSMITH, LONDON W14 8UX, UK (map)
Monday, 28 May 2018, London, United Kingdom (for immediate release)
After a successful pre-release tasting earlier in the month, Great Wine Estates is very pleased to introduce a new, family-owned, sustainable producer Leogate Estate Wines to the United Kingdom, landing on 1 June.
Lynne and David Levin MBE visited the sustainable Hunter Valley estate in early 2018 and were delighted by the complexity of the wines, meticulously crafted at the foot of the Brokenback Ranges, in Australia’s oldest wine producing region.
“I remember walking the rows of the Brokenback Vineyard when it was first planted 40-odd years’ ago by my great friend Len Evans. It is wonderful to see how well those old vines are being looked after today,” David recalled.
The vines were first planted at Leogate in the early 1970s by ‘one of the founding fathers of the modern Australian wine industry’, Len Evans AO OBE. Current custodians, vignerons Bill and Vicki Widin bought the original 50-hectare (123-acre) Brokenback Vineyard in 2008, with Hunter-born head winemaker Mark Woods at the helm since 2010. Mark brings an inherent sensibility for the region’s gorgeous, waxy, lemon-lime acidity of semillon and the graceful, red-berried and spiced shiraz. (See over for wine notes.)
The estate is in the heart of Pokolbin in the Lower Hunter Valley, some 170 kilometres (105 miles) north of Sydney. A blue, eucalyptus haze hangs over the Brokenback Range with its ridges’ red volcanic soils sloping into the gentle undulations of the valley floor, which sits on gravelly sandy loam over clay and limestone, with fossils still visible on the surface from the ancient seabed.
Leogate Estate has been recognised both at home and abroad. The winery has been awarded a 5-Star rating from James Halliday’s 2018 Australian Wine Companion for the seventh year running. It has won the IWC Trophy for Best New Wine and medals at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Competition. Qantas First & Business class have served the wines over the past four years.
Leogate Estate Wines are one of the most recent additions to the exciting Great Wine Estates portfolio of regionally authentic, sustainable, handcrafted and family-owned international wine estates.
Available from 1 June 2018 across the United Kingdom market.
On 8 May, Great Wine Estates in collaboration with our handpicked collection of iconic, regionally authentic, sustainable and family owned estates presented a flight of en primeur and new release wines from:
Voyager Estate (Margaret River), Levin Wines (Loire Valley), Roco Winery (Oregon) Leogate Estate (Hunter Valley), Wanted Man (Heathcote), Valderiz (Ribera del Duero) et al.
We received an wonderful response from the trade, as well as the private members at Quo Vadis in Soho; especially those who joined us for the winemaker's lunch and dinner, with Voyager Estate Head Winemaker, Steve James.
Steve joined us fresh from the Western Australian #V18 for an intimate vertical tasting from museum wines to current vintages and an exploration of Margaret River’s most important Chardonnay clone, Mendoza. The impressive vertical included:
2004, 2006, 2009 Voyager Estate Chardonnay
2006, 2007, 2001 Voyager Estate Shiraz
2001, 2004, 2008 Voyager Estate Cabernet Merlot
Matched to a three-course menu designed by Quo Vadis Chef Jeremy Lee; in the historic Marx Room.