Mentzendorff said there is a “thrilling energy” in South African wine after bolstering its portfolio from the rainbow nation with Hamilton Russell Vineyards.

The new arrival joins fellow South African producers Klein Constantia and Anwilka in a stable teeming with big names from the Old World like Champagne Bollinger and port houses Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s.

Mentzendorff managing director Andrew Hawes said: “Welcoming a new agency into our brand portfolio, with its continued focus on independent family-owned estates that represent the highest standards of quality, is always an exciting moment.

“There is a thrilling energy in South African wine, so it is with great pleasure that we announce this newest agency partnership with Hamilton Russell Vineyards, whose wines will sit most comfortably alongside those of Klein Constantia and Anwilka, to form a powerful and complementary, super-premium South African collection.”

Hamilton Russell Vineyards specialises in producing terroir-driven Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which are widely regarded as the best in South Africa, and among the finest in the New World, according to Mentzendorff.

The estate is owned and run by the founder’s sun, Anthony Hamilton Russell, who said: “The UK is one of our most important markets, both emotionally and economically, and we are extremely happy to be partnering Hamilton Russell Vineyards and our associated wineries with Mentzendorff and their focused portfolio of exceptional family properties. says Anthony Hamilton Russell.

“We have had a long, successful relationship with Hallgarten Druitt and we are most grateful for their excellent work with our wines. We believe that Mentzendorff will now enable us to develop to the next level in the UK, benefiting from their focus and high-quality strategic input and brand management, with Hallgarten continuing to provide distribution as a valued wholesale partner of Mentzendorff.”