Von Buhl GG are a winner with eRobertparker.com 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.

For more information about Von Buhl wines contact the team: wine@haywardbros.co.uk

 

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: http://www.worldwineagencies.com/index.php?s=crusher+pinot+noir or contact us!

wine@haywardbros.co.uk / 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: wine@haywardbros.co.uk.

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.

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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:

http://www.matthewjukes.com/2014/09/2013-grosses-gewachs-from-weingut-reichsrat-von-buhl-pfalz/

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WWA Shortlisted again for Harper’s Best Supplier to Independents 2014

Thursday, 29 May, 2014 by  

Come and see why Harper’s shortlisted World Wine Agencies / Hayward Brothers as Best Supplier to Independents, May 2014!London Wine Fair 2014
Stand A34, West Hall, Olympia, London
2nd-4th June
World Wine Agencies & Hayward Brothers are finalising preparations for their first ever joint London Wine Fair, and are really pulling out the stops to make visitors to their stand feel welcome.
First of all, they have a coffee machine on hand, offering visitors a very welcome and civilised pit stop, between their hours of endless wine tasting at the fair.
Then, of course, once refreshed, customers will have the choice of over 100 wines to select and taste, representing key regions of the World from Burgundy to USA, New Zealand to Italy, South America to Bordeaux.
Among these wines, is an exceptional cool climate selection from their newest Agency; not newcomers to UK market but looking to expand distribution with the independent sector, Vina Casablanca.
And finally, to ensure that visitors have the most informative experience possible, the team at WWA / HB have encouraged their winery partners to join in the fun directly and so will have 9 winemakers on hand throughout the three days. That’s 1 winemaker for every 3 square metres of floor space!
Everyone at A34 looks forward to welcoming you to their stand and wishes you a great London International Wine Fair 2014!

For more information please contact: Nicky Burston, World Wine Agencies / Hayward Brothers Ltd
nb@worldwineagencies.com / 07764 372229

Think GREEN? Think California!!

Wednesday, 28 May, 2014 by  

We are delighted to announce that California State won the Generic Sustainability Award from The Drinks Business for the second year running! 

The Golden State beat off stiff competition from main wine producing regions in the World including New Zealand and Chile, for instance – both very proud of their progress in this field. But it was the breadth and depth of implementation of sustainable practices and the adoption of nature-friendly philosophies which make California’s approach stand out from the crowd.

 

Congratulations to everyone involved.

Finca La Chamiza score 4 more medals.

Wednesday, 21 May, 2014 by  

La Chamiza Awards 2014Finca La Chamiza, our agency in Mendoza, Argentina are delighted with their recent results in the IWC and Decanter awards.

For the 5th consecutive year they have been awarded Gold at International Wine Challenge awards (IWC) 2014 for the Legend of Polo 2011, they also received a Silver for their Martin Alsina 2011.

Decanter 2014

Martin Alsina 2011 GOLD

Legend of Polo 2011 SILVER

La Chamiza wines are made from their Malbec focused vineyards in the highest altitude, the most premium vineyards in Argentina, called “the First Zone”.  Here, the hundred year old vines, fed by natural thaw water from the Andes and benefitting from the unique thermal amplitude, produce some of the best wines in Argentina, as the awards show. Martin Alsina has a history of winning top class awards, in a blind tasting  amongst Argentina’s finest winemakers and vinous experts in 2010 it was chosen as Mendoza’s Best Malbec – quite an accolade! Come and meet the winemaker who will be on our stand at London Wine Fair @ Olympia, London, Stand A34 between June the 2nd and 4th and try some of these award winnings wines.

Finca La Chamiza 4 more Medals

Tuesday, 20 May, 2014 by  

La Chamiza Awards 2014Finca La Chamiza, our agency in Mendoza, Argentina are delighted with their recent results in the IWC and Decanter awards.

 

For the 5th consecutive year they have been awarded Gold at International Wine Challenge awards (IWC) 2014 for the Legend of Polo 2011, they also received a Silver for their Martin Alsina 2011.

Decanter 2014

Martin Alsina 2011 GOLD

Legend of Polo 2011 SILVER

La Chamiza wines are made from their Malbec focused vineyards in the highest altitude, the most premium vineyards in Argentina, called “the First Zone”.  Here, the hundred year old vines, fed by natural thaw water from the Andes and benefitting from the unique thermal amplitude, produce some of the best wines in Argentina, as the awards show. Martin Alsina has a history of winning top class awards, in a blind tasting  amongst Argentina’s finest winemakers and vinous experts in 2010 it was chosen as Mendoza’s Best Malbec – quite an accolade! Come and meet the winemaker who will be on our stand at London Wine Fair @ Olympia, London, Stand A34 between June the 2nd and 4th and try some of these award winnings wines.     Martín Alsina 2

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