Great review for Cefiro Pinot Noir from Jonathan Ray in Spectator Magazine

Thursday, 29 January, 2015 by  

Thanks to Jonny Ray for this fantastic review of Cefiro Pinot Noir, appearing in Spectator Magazine this month :

“Hand-picked fruit is coldfermented and then aged in French oak for best part of a year, to give a wine of great style and finesse. There is sour/bitter cherry, a touch of beef bouillon and a vibrant freshness to the wine and I absolutely loved it.”

For more information about Vina Casablanca, or Cefiro Pinot Noir, contact us: 0207 237 0576 /


Von Buhl GG are a winner with with ratings from 90 – 94 Points

Thursday, 4 December, 2014 by  

Stephan Reinhardt, writing for Wine Advocate, doesn’t just score Von Buhl GG; he gives them glowing appraisal, and great scores follow;

“2013 is von Buhl’s first vintage under the new leadership of Mathieu Kaufmann (formerly Bollinger Champagne) and Richard Grosche. Their house style (which I found difficult to fix in the last couple of years) has changed completely: the wines are rich, firmly structured and almost austerely dry lacking any superficial generosity or juiciness. In fact they are very elegant and worth being newly discovered.”

Scores as follows:

2013 Forster Pechstein Riesling Trocken GG – 90 Points

Pale citrus color with a greenish shimmer, the Forster Pechstein Riesling trocken GG has excellent purity and nobility on the nose with very precise fruit aromas. Lean and pure on the palate, this medium-bodied and really dry (but neither poor nor meager) Pechstein is less powerful than usual and is still (too) young

2013 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Trocken GG – 92+ Points


The 2013 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling trocken GG has a golden yellow color with green reflections and a very rich if not opulent, intense and piquant bouquet of ripe fruit aromas. Full-bodied, rich and piquant on the creamy, still somewhat yeasty-textured palate, this Riesling has an impressive length and an excellent aging potential for ten years.


2013 Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Trocken GG – 94+ Points

2013 Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling trocken GG has an intense citrus color and intermixes ripe fruit aromas with minerals on the very rich but also subtle and precise nose. This a dramatic, thrilling Riesling of great purity and expression. Full-bodied and firmly structured it is bone dry and almost austere yet full of power, extract and complexity. The finish is very promising but if you are looking for charm you should better keep your lips off this wine.

2013 Ruppertsberg Reiterpfad Riesling Trocken GG – 91 Points

The Ruppertsberg Riesling GG starts with a brillant bouquet of ripe peach and fully ripe Riesling berry flavors shaded by a piquant, almost iron-like aroma. Pure and powerful on the palate the wine is almost (over-) loaded with a sweet and ultra ripe fruit core whereas the salty finish is quite promising for good development in the next years.

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Crusher Pinot Noir recommended in Sunday Times as top 10 red wine for the winter

Monday, 10 November, 2014 by  

Many thanks to Oliver Thring who highlights Crusher Pinot Noir as one of his top 10 red wine picks for this winter.  “Smooth vanilla cut by pleasant acidity: a bargain for Californian pinot.”

For more information about Crusher Pinot Noir, visit our website: or contact us! / 0207 2370576


Great scores for Groote Post from Decanter & Platter

Thursday, 6 November, 2014 by  

We are delighted that the same week that we present our newest agency, Groote Poste, the wines are recommended by Decanter and endorsed by Platter – again!  Scores and reviews from Platter follow below;

4.5 Stars: Groote Poste Shiraz; “From a gravelly west slope… is a textbook Shiraz.  Ripe and silky, showing savoury complexity in white pepper & salami nuances to plum and prune fruit; full bodied, favoursome, with graceful supportive tannins.  Needs few years to drink at best but so tempting now.

4.5 Stars: Kapokberg Sauvignon Blanc; “Green spectrum perfumes of capsicum, lime, peas and fig; 5 months lees ageing gives impressive palate presence at moderate 13.5% alcohol.  Delicious now & good for a few years.

4 Stars: Groote Poste Chardonnay; “3 months on lees add weight & depth to citrus, pear appeal.  Multi-layered & mineral, super seam of enlivening acidity.  Stands proud without oak.

4 Stars: Groote Poste Riesling; “Lingering ripe citrus fruit, gingerly tail…Tangerine, kumquat aromas, good sugar / acid balance”

4 Stars: Kapokberg Pinot Noir; “Raspberries, forest floor & slight floral perfume with spicy hint ex deft oaking (5% new) but noticeable tannins for food, cellaring few years

4 Stars: Kapokberg Chardonnay; “Smartly oaked (mostly older) to allow yellow stone fruit to shine, almonds, honeycomb & oatmeal add aromatic dimension.  Full & delicious, tangy-fresh nectarine farewell.

4 Stars: Old Man’s Blend White; “Cut above every-day white, unwooded, mostly Sauvignon.  Greenage & citrus scents, zingy granny smith apple palate”

Other Platter scores & reviews available.  For more information about these wines contact us on:

We always like to hear from you!

WWA & Hayward Brothers Team


Harvest Report from Maison Jaffelin, Burgundy

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014 by  

Our first grapes arrived under the sun on Friday, September, 12th. We had nice climatic conditions with warm temperatures until our last harvest day on Sunday, September, 26th.

The last 2 weeks of September were sunny and allowed us to get great grapes with a perfect level of potential alcoholic strength as well as a good balance between acidity and sugar. The weather also helped the grapes to get good sanitary conditions which result to a limited sorting at our vinery. For this vintage 2014, the yields of reds were normal, the whites were willingly bit lower than usual in order to focus on the quality.

Red wines vinification took place in perfect conditions with a 20 days fermentation and maturation in wooden vats which let us extract good colours and aromas. Tannins are not very present yet, but will appear during the maturation.

For our white wines, the fermentation has been made in oak barrels with indigenous yeasts. The maturation will last between 10 to 11 months.

On Monday, 13th, October, we started our red wines maturation in oak barrels, this process should last for 18 months.

This year we have around 40 % of new oak barrels, the rest is composed of 1 to 3 wines barrels.

For this vintage 2014, all conditions are gathered to get great quality wines!

We hope to see you again soon.


Marinette Garnier        Franck Mayaud           Maximilien Olio

Winemaker                  Export Manager           Export Sales Area Manager


A tribute to Bill Powers

Wednesday, 1 October, 2014 by  

It is with much regret that World Wine Agencies and Hayward Bros (Wines) Ltd. announce the sad loss of winemaking legend Bill Powers, who passed away earlier this week.

Life-long farmer and pioneer of organic viticulture in Washington, Bill Powers planted Badger Mountain Vineyard with his son Greg in 1982. Just six years later, well-before the word organic became trendy and then universal, Bill transitioned his 80-acre estate to organic viticulture and in 1990 Badger Mountain Vineyard became the first Certified Organic winegrape vineyard in Washington State.

Bill was invited to join the Washington Winemakers Hall of Fame in recognition of his vision and contribution to viticulture in the State and was adored by all who knew him for his gentle way, his integrity and his passion for Washington State wines.  He will be sorely missed and our thoughts go out to his family and everyone working at Powers.



Matthew Jukes reviews Von Buhl Riesling Gross Gewachs 2013

Tuesday, 30 September, 2014 by  

Many thanks to Matthew Jukes who, once again, has written a stunning review on the new release Gross Gewachs from our beloved Reichsrat Von Buhl.  In his words;  “All of these wines look stunning already because of their incredible balance, but clearly they will settle and mature beautifully at different paces over the next two to ten years.”  Couldn’t agree more Matthew!  To read the full review, please follow the link to Matthew’s website:


Matthew Jukes Recommends Von Buhl 2012 Riesling QbA

Wednesday, 30 April, 2014 by  

Many thanks to Matthew Jukes, who once again wrote a beautiful review for a Von Buhl wine: “Von Buhl makes scintillating wines and this dry Riesling shows the magical properties of this awe-inspiring grape off to a tee.  With pinpoint accurate citrus fruit you need to rustle up the Sesame crusted Salmon, Prawn and orange stir fry and marvel at the synergy of this food and wine combination.” Mail on Sunday, 2014.

To find out more about these gorgeous wines, come and meet the Von Buhl team at our LWTF Stand A34 June 2nd – 4th 2014.

WWA / Hayward Brothers shortlisted as Best Supplier to Independents

Thursday, 24 April, 2014 by  

The new partnership, World Wine Agencies and Hayward Brothers were shortlisted today for their first ever joint award, as BEST SUPPLIER TO INDEPENDENTS, in 2014 Harpers Awards.  We were recognised for our commitment to the independent sector, and the quality of our wines and service.

Very many thanks to the team, our suppliers, and our customers for their continued support.  Winners will be announced on 3rd June 2014.  Wish us luck!

WWA Shortlisted for Two Categories @ Harpers Awards 2013

Monday, 29 April, 2013 by  

We are delighted to announce that WWA have been shortlisted for two categories at this year’s Harpers Awards.  For the second year in a row we have been shortlisted for Best Supplier to the Independents and this year we are also in the running for Best Overall Agent of the Year.  Results will be announced on May 21st 2013.  Very many thanks to the WWA team for their continuing hard work,  and to all of our customers and suppliers, who help make our success possible.

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