Thursday, 2 March 2017

Ataraxia Chardonnay Top of the Class - Decanter Panel Tasting

We are delighted to announce that the Ataraxia Chardonnay 2015 leads the field in Decanter's rather impressive South African Chardonnay Panel Tasting, published yesterday in Decanter Magazine. Across a panel of three MWs, Kevin Grant's fabulous Hemel-en-Aarde Chardonnay garnered a score of 96 points meaning that it is officially Outstanding!

Huge congratulations to Kevin Grant and the team at Ataraxia! The tasting very much encompassed the who's who of South African Chardonnay, so this is no mean feat. This wine is no stranger to great press scores, with previous vintages receiving high praise as well, but we are delighted to see the 2015 being recognised so decisively as a result of a blind tasting by an expert panel.

Bancroft Wines at SITT Spring Tastings 2017

We sent teams to both SITT Spring events, in Manchester on Monday 27th February and London on Wednesday 1st March, and had a marvelous time showcasing our selected wines to visitors, both familiar and new. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to taste with us - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Some members of the Bancroft team at SITT London

Below is a list of all of the bottles that made an appearance on our table at both events, including some new listings:

Champagne Gratiot-Pillière Tradition Brut NV
Lambrusco di Modena, Cantina della Volta 2009

Grillo, Il Folle 2015
Hartenberg Riesling 2014
Cheninsolite, Alex Cady 2014
Sin Palabras Albariño, Adegas Castro Brey 2015
Garnatxa Blanca, Herència Altés
Sa Fita, Es Fangar 2015
Ribolla, Marjan Simčič 2015
Ataraxia Chardonnay 2015

Saumur Champigny Tuffe, Chateau du Hureau 2012
Elena Walch Pinot Nero 2015
Garnatxa Negra, Herència Altés 2015
Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, Hartenberg 2013
Cotes-du-Rhone Reserve Rouge, Domaine de Grand Veneur 2015

The tempting line-up

Friday, 24 February 2017

Bancroft Wines Annual Portfolio Tasting 2017

We held our annual portfolio tasting on Wednesday 15th February, at the wonderful Glaziers Hall, London Bridge; a new year and a brand new venue for Bancroft! Guests enjoyed views of the (albeit slightly grey and gloomy) Thames as they sipped and slurped their way through our portfolio selection.

The atmospheric River Room at Glaziers Hall, illuminated in Bancroft blue!

The more eagle-eyed attendees may have noticed a couple of new names nestled amidst the usual suspects. These included Raf and Nuria De Haan of Herència Altés, from Spain’s Terra Alta region, whose official UK launch will be coming soon – watch this space! They have already been making waves in the wine community, with 7 of their wines being awarded 90 points and over by the Wine Advocate’s Luis Guttiérez. Another debut that drew much attention was Mallorquin winery Es Fangar, presented by Oria Palma, and with wines made by Daniel Morales of Priorat and South African fame. In the snapshot selection, a clutch of new labels could be seen among the ranks, namely Mas des Combes (Gaillac), Domaine de l’Alba (Corbières), Domaine Guisset (Roussillon) and Château Mazetier (Bordeaux).  Anyone interested in learning more about our new additions will be able to read all about them in our new list, to be released in April, or by contacting us directly at marketing@bancroftwines.com.

Oria Palmer of Es Fangar pouring her wines

Raf and Nuria De Haan

We were lucky enough to be joined by representatives for 27 of our wonderful producers, and tasters were able to sample over 250 wines from our portfolio. Alongside the individual producer tables, we featured two Snapshot selections – one general and one focusing on Burgundy – to give a flavour of what else we have to offer.

Ever generous, we featured a prize draw to win a magnum of Gratiot-Pillière Tradition Brut to those who took the time to fill out our feedback form at the back of the booklet. Congratulations to Justin Waples, the lucky winner – party at his place, everyone!

Oria Palma was also kind (and brave!) enough to treat a few guests to a Masterclass on Es Fangar and the wines of Mallorca. A learning curve for many in attendance, her insight was fascinating – so fascinating, in fact, that I am going to write a separate blog post about it! 
Stay tuned for more...  

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Blue Edition: Bouchon Family Wines

Last night we poured wine for a top art-savvy crowd at the launch of the Blue Edition, a small exhibition on Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge. Curated by Nico Kos Earle, the gallery displayed works from ten artists all exploring the theme of blue. In conjuction with Bouchon Family Wines, we poured Chilean Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot from the Maule Valley whose labels unintentionally also matched the theme in brilliant blue and white. The exhibition took place in a private mews house, whited out for the purpose, and was introduced with a poem from Chilean poet Pablo Neruda:

Monday, 21 November 2016

Outstanding results for Perez Pascuas in recent round of highly esteemed Spanish awards

We're delighted to report that, in continuation of an array of excellent scores, Vina Pedrosa our esteemed Ribera del Duero producer has been awarded an array of top points in two recent awards - including a very enviable 98 and 99 points from the Guia de Vinos Gourmets. The 2014s will be released to market very soon.

In the annual Wines from Spain Awards 2016 Ceremony, the Cepa Gallivan 2014 from Pedrosa, and the Pedrosa Crianza 2014 were award-winning wines.