The 2011 London International Wine Fair takes place at ExCel on 17-19 May 2011. Here's a taster of what's on show.
Debuting on the Bibendum stand (L30) is Château d'Esclans in Provençe, which is dedicated to making the best possible rosé and establishing the style as one of the world's fine wines. The range comprises four rosés including the flagship Garrus cuvée. New Zealand's Spy Valley celebrates its 10th anniversary with a new label design incorporating QR codes. When scanned by a smartphone, these codes link to wine tasting notes on the Spy Valley website.
The show sees the launch of the 2004 Château Musar (Q64), made from organically produced grapes slowly ripened through a mild Bekaa Valley summer. Each vintage spends seven years gently developing via vat, barrel and bottle in the Hochar family's 18th-century cellar north of Beirut, resulting in a mellow, spicy wine.
New on-trade exclusives from CyT, Mountain Range, Explorer, Sunrise, Maiden Flight and Los Gansos will be on show at Concha Y Toro (O50), including new PoS and innovative sales support initiatives. Viña Maipo is adding to its Gran Devoción super premium wine range. Sourced from selected grapes in the Villa Alegre and Lourdes Vineyards in the Maule Valley, this Syrah/Viognier is an intense, dark red wine with aromas evoking blackberries, plums, cocoa and apricots.
Gonzales Byass (M50) will launch Tio Pepe En Rama, a limited release of this innovative unclarified, unfiltered fino that has to be consumed within three months of bottling. The sherry line-up will also feature the new Palo Cortado, Leonar, which has been aged for 12 years. New wines will be shown from Vino de la Tierra wineries, Finca Constancia in La Mancha and Finca Moncloa in Cadiz.
Italian specialist importer Grossi Wines (N52) will present its recently extended portfolio for the on-trade. Visitors can taste the full range, including a Supertuscan made from air-dried Sangiovese grapes, organic Nero d'Avola from a seven-hectare farm in Sicily, and a "baby Amarone" Valpolicella from Roberto Mazzi's tiny estate in the Veneto.
Grupo Codorniu (Q35) is showing a new organic wine from Bodegas Bilbainas (Vina Zaco) and two new sustainable varietals from Raimat (Castell de Raimat Chardonnay Barrica and Castell de Raimat Xarel-lo/Chardonnay). Also, Codorniu Clasico Semi Seco is relaunching and the full range from Invivo will be on the stand, including Bella, a Sauvignon Blanc with 30% less alcohol and calories.
The newly released Bollinger La Grande Année 2002 can be tasted at Mentzendorff (O72) and Ayala & Co Champagne will present its collection, including the Blanc de Blancs 2004 in its new livery. M Chapoutier will present a broad selection of new vintages including organic and biodynamically produced wines and those from Domaine Bila-Haut in Roussillon.
Nasha Wine (H71) is showing a range of wines from south-west France designed to enjoy with spicy foods or on their own. A percentage of each bottle sold will go to Water Aid, Christian Aid and Pump Aid. The range includes a fruity Shiraz and an aromatic Gamay rosé.
Among the New Zealand Wine Growers (F20), Marlborough's Marisco Vineyards will launch A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2009, a 100% botrytis Sauvignon Blanc, part of the King Series of wines. Each wine tells a story about owner and winemaker Brent Marris's ancestors, the de Mariscos, and their tempestuous relationship with the English monarchy. "A Sticky End" will join the "King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc", "the King's Bastard Chardonnay", "the King's Thorn Pinot Gris" and "the King's Wrath Pinot Noir".
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