Some Favourite New Finds For Hallgarten

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Some Favourite New Finds For Hallgarten

This time, it’s the turn of Jim Wilson - Portfolio Director at Hallgarten - to choose six wines for you to try.  Covering Australia, South Africa, Chile, Spain and Argentina, Jim has specifically selected wines that are brand new to the Hallgarten family - and he’s here to tell you why he’s so excited about them…


clos Clare Cemetery Block Shiraz 2014, Clare Valley

RRP £19.99, strictlywine.co.uk; £22.44, greatwinesdirect.co.uk

Established in 1986, clos Clare is today run by Tom and Sam Barry - grandsons of Clare Valley pioneer and legend Jim Barry.  Grapes are still sourced from the two-hectare vineyard which was originally part of the region’s celebrated Florita vineyard.

Jim says…

“We’re always dead keen to look at any wines produced by the Barry family of Watervale Riesling fame, so when we tasted this Shiraz with Sam we didn’t hesitate!  Made with 30-year-old vines planted in a block across the road from the Watervale cemetery, this is proving to be a real eye-opener with our customers, demonstrating the hypnotic perfume and balance that is the mark of cool climate Shiraz.”


Lismore Pinot Noir 2016, Greyton, Western Cape

RRP £24.61, strictlywine.co.uk; £25.92, greatwinesdirect.co.uk; £139.94 (for a case of 6), corkingwines.co.uk

Californian Samantha O’Keefe arrived in South Africa with dreams of starting a family and finding paradise.  She has achieved both - the latter with her Lismore Estate vineyards tucked into the foothills of a dramatic Riviersonderend mountain range at the bottom of Africa.  Her vines are planted at 300 metres altitude, where they are chilled by the winter snow and nourished by the African summer sun to give cool climate wines which are rich and complex.

Jim says…

“Sam O’Keefe goes from strength to strength!  Having been stunned by her Viognier, Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah wines over the last couple of years, we couldn’t wait to try her first attempt at Pinot Noir.  But even so, we cannot believe how good it is.  Beautifully perfumed and sublimely elegant - it’s a bit of a cliché to compare this to Burgundy.  It’s just a brilliant wine.”


Matias Riccitelli Old Vines Merlot 2015, Patagonia

RRP £34.26, greatwinesdirect.co.uk; £197.94 (for a case of 6), corkingwines.co.uk

Matias Riccitelli is the son of renowned winemaker Jorge Riccitelli and set up his own winery in 2009 after working for prestigious producers in both in his native Argentina and around the world.  His stated goal is to express the full potential of the terroir in his vineyards in the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza.

Jim says…

“We think that Matias Riccitelli is one of the most talented young winemakers in Argentina, always – always! – pushing back the boundaries.  We first took wines from his Patagonian project two years ago when he released the Old Vines Semillon, which knocked us for six.  We were therefore thrilled to get a parcel of his Merlot, which comes from 50-year-old vines grown along the banks of the Rio Negro.  A heady and opulent wine.”


Swartland Winery Limited Release Carignan 2015, Western Cape

RRP £10.99 - £11.99, retailers TBC

Swartland Winery is based in the dynamic, up-and-coming region of Swartland, an area known for its hot, dry climate, old bush vines and Rhône varietals.  Their Carignan is so new to the Hallgarten portfolio that it doesn’t yet have retail availability - we will let you know as soon as it does!

Jim says…

“The Swartland Winery is situated in “Rhône Ranger” country – with a terroir and climate that some think resembles parts of the Rhône Valley.  We started working with this go-ahead winery a couple of years ago and they provide amazing value for money.  The Limited Release Carignan is the archetypal Swartland wine: made from bush vines grown in granite soils, which provide an incredible depth of flavour.”


Tandem Inmune Garnacha 2016, Navarra

RRP £13.99, harperwells.com

Tandem is the brainchild of José Maria Fraile and Alicia Eyaralar, who Hallgarten firmly believes are two of the leading lights in the Navarra winemaking scene.  Following a philosophy of sustainable viticulture, and minimum intervention in the winery, grapes are cultivated in the heart of the Yerri Valley where the 800m altitude gives cool climate conditions for a long, slow ripening period.

Jim says…

“José Maria Fraile and Alicia Eyaralar continue to demonstrate just how good Navarra wine can be, showing a supreme elegance of fruit from vineyards grown at 800 metres above sea level.  We’ve been anticipating this Garnacha for a while now but we were blown away by the purity of fruit.  And the label looks as stylish as it tastes: the registration plate (AN-2003-T) on the ‘rebel’ car is designed to resemble old-style Navarra number plates - NA stands for Navarra, 2003 for their foundation year and T for Tandem.”


Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza Malbec 2014, Tupungato, Mendoza

£15.95, slurp.co.uk; £101.70 (for a case of 6), corkingwines.co.uk

Founded in 2008 by the ‘dynamic duo’ Michelini brothers, Zorzal is located in Gualtallary which, at 1,350 metres above sea level is the highest winegrowing region in the Province of Mendoza.  Aiming for austerity before exuberance, and fruit before wood, the brothers follow non-invasive winemaking practices including the use of egg-shaped cement containers for alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. 

Jim says…

“The Michelini brothers really need no introduction, and the Zorzal project is their baby.  What has struck us, and our customers, since we snapped these wines up is the amazing minerality running through the wines and this is no exception.  Sourced in Gualtallary and famously made in egg-shaped fermenters, this Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend has amazing balance and finesse.”

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Date of issue:  3 August 2017

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