SITT. Specialist Independent Traders Tasting. I was there’s a couple of weeks ago. Hanging out at the Adnams / Haughton stand, table 51. Haughton is Adnams, they changed the name a year or so ago, but are still known as both really, but they are phasing Haughton out. I’ve no idea where Haughton came from historically, but the Adnams Agency seems a much more sensible name to me. Adnams act as agency for quite a few wineries which lots of people probably didn’t realise. It’s why they have an interesting, unique selection of wines!
Anyway, we had a selection of our agency wines for show to industry types, distributors and smaller, independent wine merchants, generally outside of the cross-over zones with the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen retail stores in East Anglia. The first one was in Manchester, we stayed at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, overlooking the actual pitch. Cool huh?
Our agency wines, and the ones were were showing, include:
-Forrest Wines, New Zealand
-Juniper Wines, Margaret River, Australia
-Saronsberg Estate, Tulbagh, South Africa.
Forrest Wines, they have vineyards all over NZ, we were showing their Otago Pinot Noir, ‘Collection’ Syrah and three Rieslings. John is such a fan of Riesling! We had single vineyard dry Riesling, Mosel style ‘Dr’s Riesling’ and the stunning dessert wine, his Botryised Riesling.
Juniper Estate. Some of the best wine made in Australia come from this region, we were showing the Chardonnay, the fresh Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, or as the Aussies cleverly call it, SSB, then the Estate & Crossing Shiraz ans Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Their Estate wines are 100% estate fruit and the Crossing wines include bought parcels from other vineyards.
Thomas from Endrizzi was with us on the London day and it was really interesting to get o hear him talking to people so passionately about his wines. They are based in Trentino in north-western Italy and do everything Organically and Biodynamically. We had their fab Pinot Grigio along side two Tetrroldego based reds. The grape is only really grown in this region and proved one of the most popular wines at both events. One is a young vibrant version, but still interesting, the other is and Amarone style where they dry the grapes for three months, the Gran Masetto ends up being a 15.5%, serious beast. Delicious. The other two wines were their Serpia di Endrizzi wines from Tuscany. I’ve mentioned the Morellino di Scansano before which is 100% Sangiovese, which I love, but also the Serpaiolo ‘Super-Tuscan’ Merlot/Cab/Sangiovese blend, which is very different, bigger than a usual Tuscan with full bodied dark fruit flavours.
Finally the Saronsberg Winery in Tulbagh, situated at the foot of the Saronsberg mountain, about 50 miles north of the Cape. They are one of the most consistently awarded wineries in South Africa! Their Shiraz is absolutely top noth, as is their heavilly oak influenced Viognier. I love Viognier and it is one of my absolute favourites.
Anyway, we had a blast, lots of interesting people met, lots more other interesting wines tasted. I haven’t got time for name dropping of any kind, people or wines.