Friday, 26 September 2014

WSTA Annual Conference

Last week we were proud to attend the WSTA Annual Conference at one Great St George Street in Westminster as a member, showing of 8 of our eclectic collection to the great and the good from the wine industry at large.

Particular favourites amongst the crowd from the evening included Domaine Cady's Cheninsolite that was favourably written up by The Wine Gang earlier this year, and out 10x Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir 2011 from the Mornington Peninsula in Australia. Thanks to all who came to see us there and to the WSTA for hosting.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Lunch with Monteverro: Super & Tuscan

Last week we hosted Olympia from our premium Tuscan winery Monteverro for lunch at Italian restaurant Tinello to show off her range of just released 2011s. These are available exclusively through Bancroft Wines. Read on for the tasting notes, as written by our very own Kenny Stewart...

Her visit was written up in Decanter, and The Drinks Business.

"Monteverro is one of the most exciting young properties I have come across..." Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate

"Showing a level of moxie so high it touches peaks of brilliance and insanity, he planted his winemaking flag here. Given the excellent results, I can only say 'chapeau'." Monica Larner - Wine Advocate

Monteverro is that very rare thing, a fully-formed state of the art winery, established as recently as 2003 and already running like the proverbial Swiss watch. It is set upon the mineral-laden soils of Maremma in the South West of coastal Tuscany, 5 kilometres from the sea.  It was founded by single-minded German businessman and wine obsessive Georg Weber whose aim is to produce something as profound as his own personal wine epiphany: Chateau Latour 1961.  Zeroing in on a spectacular terroir, with help from France's most renowned soil specialists Lydia and Claude Bourguignon (DRC, Dujac, Leflaive, Sélosse, Dagueneau, Chave) and utilising its foremost expert in vine training Michel Duclos, Georg set about the hard work in 2004. His very first commercial vintage 2008 drew gasps of admiration: Italy's finest - Antonio Galloni - was fulsome in his praise and was astonished by the immediate success of the winery. 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Luigi Bosca @ Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival

Last Friday Bancroft's Sophie dug out her wellies and went to stand in a rather large field just outside of Oxford in Kingham, to represent Luigi Bosca wines at Jamie Oliver's Big Feastival - a family friendly food and music festival run in conjunction with ex Blur guitarist Alex James, now turned cheese man extraordinare.

Wines of Argentina had a prominently positioned tent infront of the main stage where we were able to get our groove on to BBQ beats, Levi Roots and Fleetwood Bac. Luigi Bosca, the UK's best selling premium Argentine wine brand, was presented on sale alongside a number other wines hailing from sultry Argentina. On the Friday we were selling the Luigi Bosca De Sangre - the most premium of all wines on sale on the day, standing out in its iconic, classy branding atop the bar.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Bancroft Wines named exclusive UK importer for Roberto de la Mota’s new boutique Argentine winery: Revancha Vinos

We're delighted to announce our new appointment as exclusive UK agent for veteran winemaker Roberto de la Mota's new new boutique winery Revancha.

La vida me ha dado una hermosa y gran Revancha
Este nuevo juego lo celebro haciendo este vino con mi hijo Rodrigo.”   
“Life has given me a beautiful second chance – Revancha- 
I celebrate this new opportunity making this wine together with my son Rodrigo.”
Roberto de la Mota
Roberto de la Mota, partner and winemaker at Mendel Wines is the son of Raul de la Mota - well known Argentine winemaker and pioneer of modern winemaking in Argentina as we have come to know it today.