Make the most of your tasting day

11 January, 2008

There's going to be a lot to get through with around 650 wines on show. Here's a round-up of just a few of the names you can expect to see

More than 150 New Zealand producers will be showing

some 650 wines at the annual trade tasting, now in its 27th year. This year

the London tasting will be limited to one day

and there will be themed "walk-through" tables of Chardonnay, Syrah, red blends and Sauvignon Blanc - the last showing the different regional styles

signature grape variet ies can produce. New Zealand Winegrowers has teamed up with Malaysian restaurant Suka to offer food matches for the themed tables.

Stratford's Wine Agencies is launching the Distant Land range from Lincoln Vineyards. The £7.99-£12.99 range sources grapes from Gisborne, Hawkes Bay and Marlborough, and includes a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough Pinot Noir 2006 and Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2007. The agency is also showing wines from Cable Bay Vineyards in Waiheke Island. The £8.99-£14.99 Cable Bay range includes Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2006, showing for the first time in the UK, and the £7.99 Culley range will show its Chardonnay 2007 and Pinot Noir 2007 for the first time here.

Liberty Wines is showing new wines from Central Otago's Wild Earth, Matt Thomson's Marlborough-based Delta, Tinpot Hut and Kim Crawford - including Wild Earth's Riesling 2006, Tinpot Hut's Hawkes Bay Syrah and Kim Crawford's Patutahi SP Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2006.

Charles Hawkins is launching Waimea Estates' Spinyback range of ultra-premium Nelson Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Money from sales goes to saving the New Zealand spinyback (Tuatara),

a reptile said to be

the last living link to dinosaurs.

Ellis of Richmond is showing wines from Central Otago's Bald Hills at the annual trade tasting for the first time. It is also launching a Pinot Noir rosé from Mount Difficulty in Bannockburn (£11.50) and showing wines from Wairau River Wines and Astrolabe.

Marlborough-based Winegrowers of Ara is releasing its first premium tier wine, ­Resolute Pinot Noir 2005 (£20), as well as Composite Pinot Noir 2006 (£12.99), the partner to its Composite Pinot Blanc, first shown at last year's tasting. The wine is targeted at independents and is distributed by PLB. PLB will also be showing wines from its first New Zealand brand, Riversdale (£6.99), including a Pinot Noir Rosé 2006 and a Sauvignon Blanc 2006.

Cloudy Bay is showing Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2005 for the first time. The full-bodied, barrel-fermented Sauvignon, sourced from vineyards in Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott, is targeted at top retailers and the on-trade (£18.99). The winery, distributed by Moët Hennessy, will also be showing new vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

Marlborough's Seresin Estate is releasing Memento Riesling 2007, which winemaker Clive Dougall says reminds him of classic German Rieslings, sourced from the estate's oldest vines. The winery will also be showing a range of organic and biodynamic wines.

Alliance Wine is introducing Zephyr wines, made from fruit grown at the Glover Family Vineyards in Marlborough's Dillon's Point. The Sauvignon Blanc 2007 and Gewürztraminer 2007 are to retail at £9.99. The agency is also showing Marlborough and Waipara wines from Sherwood Estate.

Marlborough winery Spring Creek Estate will be at the tasting for the first time, showing a newly

released Unwooded Chardonnay 2007 from Wairau Valley. The wines are imported by MWH Wine Merchants.

Hellion Wines is launching a Rhône-style Syrah from Central Otago's Aurora Vineyard, as well as showing wines from Clearview Estate in Hawkes Bay and Black Ridge in Central Otago.

Allan Scott will be at Seckford Agencies' stand to show the new Prestige range from his family's Marlborough estate - The Moorlands Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (£15.75), The Wallops Chardonnay 2006 (£15.50) and The Hounds Pinot Noir 2006 (£19.99). Nicholas Buck, the sales manager for Hawkes Bay's Te Mata Estate and Woodthorpe Vineyards, will be showing new vintages.

Great Western Wine is launching a range of wines from Wairarapa's Gladstone Winery, including Pinot Noir 2006 and Pinot Gris 2007. The agency is also showing wines from West Brook Winery, which has vineyards in Marlborough, Waimauku and Hawkes Bay, and Central Otago's Carrick.

Omaka Springs Estates is launching a 2007 Pinot Gris (£8.99) and its 2007 olive oil . The winery is imported by Discovery Wines.

Chalié Richards will be showing new vintages from Seifried Estate, including award-winning sweet wine Sweet Agnes Riesling 2006, which cannot be sold in the UK.

Clark Estate's Boreham Wood 2007 Awatere Valley ­Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc offering

has been repackaged.

Goldwater winery, distributed by Hallgarten, has revamped the packaging of its Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines, with a heavier, taller bottle and simplified labels. Hallgarten will also show wines from Saint Clair.

Look out for ...

Sileni Estates has repackaged its latest vintage with a branded screwcap and simpler labels.

Marlborough's Jackson Estate is adding Gum Emperor Pinot Noir 2005 (£19.99) to its range.

Award-winning wines and new vintages will be on taste from Villa Maria, Vidal and Esk Valley, distributed by Hatch Mansfield.

Hawkes Bay's Maimai Creek winery has repackaged its range for the 2007 vintage.

Thornbury, distributed by Enotria, is appearing at the annual trade tasting for the first time, showing wines including Sauvignon Blanc 2007 from Marlborough and Merlot 2005 from Hawkes Bay.

Winemaker Corey Hall will be releasing Gem Pinot Noir 2006 and Gem Merlot 2006, distributed by Navigo Wine.

Tim and Judy Finn, of Neudorf Vineyards in Upper Moutere, Nelson, will be at the tasting to show off their range.

Waipara Wines is showing its boutique wine portfolio made by Scott Berry, including Bascand Waipara Riesling 2007.

Berkmann Wine Cellars is showing wines from Goldridge and Prophet's Rock.

London Trade Tasting 2008 preview

Where: Lord's Cricket Ground

When: Tues , Jan 15 2008,



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