Hallgarten Focuses On Family Estates This Spring

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Hallgarten Focuses On Family Estates This Spring

Specialist wine importer Hallgarten is turning its attention to the family-owned and -run estates in its portfolio.


Viña Echeverria Reserva Merlot 2015, Curico Valley

RRP £9.56, wineman.co.uk; £47.34 per case of 6, allaboutwine.co.uk; £8.64, greatwinesdirect.co.uk

Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1800s, Viña Echeverria today has 65 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyards in Chile’s Central Valley.  Roberto Echeverria Senior and his four children are, says Steve, “an unbeatable team bonded together by strong family roots.”  From the Reserva range, this Merlot “displays ripe fruit notes and ticks all the boxes - including ‘great value’.”


Château Lestrille Capmartin 2010, Bordeaux Supérieur

RRP £10.99, strictlywine.co.uk; £136.38, greatwinesdirect.co.uk; £129.00 per case of 12, Eton Vintners

Located at the northern point of Entre-deux-Mers in the small town of St Germain du Puch, Château Lestrille was founded in 1901 by a family of winegrowers.  The estate was handed down from father to son until 2001 when Estelle Roumage took the helm.  “Estelle shares her father Jean-Louis’ sustainable winemaking philosophy,” says Steve, “but where he sold only to loyal private customers and restaurants in France, Estelle is a globe-trotter and has travelled all over the world to gain viti- and vinicultural, and business, experience.  Her Bordeaux Supérieur Bordeaux is well-rounded, and structured - an excellent example of clean, modern ‘everyday’ Bordeaux.”


Domaine Gerovassiliou Malagousia PGI Epanomi 2015, Macedonia

RRP £15.42, strictlywine.co.uk; £16.19, wineman.co.uk

The ‘Godfather of Malagousia’ is how Steve refers to Vangelis Gerovassiliou, who began the revival of his family’s 2.5-hectare estate in 1981.  “Evangelos sparked the renaissance of this delicious native Greek grape and even now his is considered the benchmark: rich and harmonious with notes of exotic fruit.”  Today, the winery is surrounded by 70 hectares of meticulously cared for vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi, and Vangelis runs the estate together with his three children.


Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 ‘43 Degrees’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough

RRP £17.68, strictlywine.co.uk

Neal and Judy Ibbotson may only have established their family estate in 1994, but they will always be known as pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978.  They now own 160 hectares of vineyards in ten different Marlborough locations, each chosen specifically for the character the individual terroirs impart on the wine.  Winemaking is overseen by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark.  “With its gooseberry and passion fruit aromas and flavours, this is a wine with lovely Marlborough typicity,” says Steve, “but for me it’s the crushed herb on the palate that gives it its real point of difference.”


Château de Tracy Pouilly Fumé 2015, Loire Valley

RRP £22.99, Majestic (RRP £19.99, Mix 6 - 2015 vintage on-shelf from mid-April 2017)

“This is a producer for the classicists,” claims Steve.  “An iconic and historic château in the Loire Valley producing a fine, classy Sauvignon Blanc which is textured and flinty, with hints of asparagus and a lovely, mouth-watering finish.”  The first members of the noble Stutt family in France came from Scotland in the fifteenth century to help the future King Charles VII of France during the Hundred Years War.  In 1586, the family inherited Château de Tracy - and it is still family owned and run today, with organic (although not certified) vinegrowing under the watchful vinous eye of Comte Henry d’Estutt d’Assay.


Gérard Bertrand Cigalus Blanc 2015

RRP £30.00, Harrods; £25.96, wineman.co.uk

Professional rugby player Gérard Bertrand was just 22 when he inherited the Villemajou estate in Corbières which had been founded by his father, Georges, in 1971.  “Having learned from his father, Gérard was able to take over the winery and bring it to the next level,” comments Steve.  “Today, he is a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in the Languedoc and his Cigalus is an icon in the region: taking the best classic French grape varieties - Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - and blending them with Viognier for a rich, expressive and supple wine.”

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Date of issue:  16 March 2017

Further information:  emma wellings pr  020 8996 5168  alison@ew-pr.co.uk