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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.