We recently announced that we’ve seen double digit growth across our premium wines and in order to meet growing demand from our customers, we’ve set about adding new wines in this category six months ahead of our annual new list release in March 2016.
Our Italian and Spanish premium wines have had strong growth in higher end outlets which is why 35 of the 40 new wines we’ve taken on are from these countries.
Producers joining our Spanish range include Casa Rojo, whose “wine designers” take a creative approach to the business of wine, building a sense of fun and spirit into an immersive experience with grape and terroir. A wine that admirably typifies this joyful journey through Spain is the Macho Man Monastrell from Jumilla, recently named in the Top 100 Wines in the Wines from Spain Awards 2015.
On the other side of Spain in Bierzo, Amancio Fernández Gómez, the oenologist at Losada, demonstrates why the Mencía grape is at its best in clay soils with a plot-by-plot approach yielding generous, elegant, mineral and smoke infused reds.
With our sparkling sales also up 45% , we will also be taking on a new Cava from Villa Conchi. Inspired by winemaker Javier Galarreta’s mother who loved fresh, elegant sparkling wine, these beautifully presented Cavas exemplify Javier’s passion for developing new wines, and follow the success of a recent project working with Michel Rolland in three Spanish regions.
Our new Spanish range will be bolstered by additional wines expressing authentic terroir from all over Spain, including Sólo Bobal from the organic producer Bodegas Aranleón based in Utiel-Requena.
Joining our Italian range is Castello Vicchiomaggio, a Tuscan landmark since the 15th century, where tradition plays a key role. Here, winemaker John Matta, a four-time winner of the Italian Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition produces top quality wines including the famous FSM Merlot.
From Collio in Italy comes Borgo del Tiglio; the passion of Nicola Manferrari. Over the last three decades Nicola has produced wines that have grown the reputation of Borgo del Tiglio to astronomical heights internationally; and set benchmarks as to what is possible, producing brilliant, chiseled whites built on saline-infused minerality.
Based in Loreto Aprutino, just inland from Pescara, comes Torre dei Beati; owned and run by Adrianna Galasso and Fausto Albanesi. Specialists in Montepulciano and Pecorino, they farm organically, providing the vineyard with the time and care it needs to produce the best grapes for the winery.
Simon Jerrome, our Wine Purchasing Director says
All of these new wines will feature at our 2016 tasting events but if you’d like any information in the meantime, please speak to your account manager.