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Boutique boost for Hayward Bros New World portfolio

Published:  05 January, 2018

London-based importer Hayward Bros is capitalising on a trend for artisanal New World wines with the addition to its portfolio of several smaller scale wineries this January.

Heading the new arrivals are two Halliday five star Australian labels, Riposte by Tim Knappstein, from the eponymous Adelaide Hills pioneer and son Nick (pictured), and Tomfoolery, from small batch specialist Ben Chipman in Barossa, who works with varieties including Mataro and Tempranillo.

From South Africa the company is adding the Cluster Series, made by ex-Glen Carlou winemaker Arco Laarman, drawing on fruit from across several regions including Elgin, Stellenbosch and Paarl.

Australia’s Margaret River also features in this strengthen artisanal list, with Domaine Naturaliste, produced by Bruce Dukes, having come aboard at Hayward Bros in September.

The wines are part of a move by Hayward Bros to continue to strengthen its offer for premium on and off-trade customers, while reflecting the increasing consumer appetite for the growing roster of more individual and provenance-focused New World wines.

“We see the addition of these wines as another step towards our aim of representing some of the best winemakers from around the world,” said managing director Robert Hayward.

The new wines will be shown at the company’s annual tasting on 30 January and at the SITT Manchester and London tastings in February.