UK distributor, Hatch Mansfield, are proud to announce that two of its producers have won the highly acclaimed Producer of the Year Awards in the 2015 Sommelier Wine Awards. Sancerre based and Central Loire producer Joseph Mellot has won European Producer of the Year and South African winery Kleine Zalze has won New World Producer of the Year.
Set up in 2007, the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards is judged blind by top sommeliers and focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade.
Chris Losh, Editor of Imbibe, comments about Joseph Mellot's Producer Award, ‘A string of rotten vintages made this a difficult year for the Loire in SWA, so for one producer to garner five medals was superb going. In amongst all the Sauvignon there was even, amazingly, a Silver for a Pinot Noir.’
He continues about Kleine Zalze’s win, ‘There's nowhere to hide in a blind tasting, and Kleine Zalze produce the goods year after year, regularly picking up not just Golds, but Trophies as well. And it was the same this year with a string of really well-priced, well-made, easily-sellable wines that totally over-delivered. Their Chenins are always excellent, but it's interesting to see Syrah (and Pinotage!) doing well too.’
Hatch Mansfield’s Managing Director, Patrick McGrath MW, comments, ‘We are absolutely delighted that both Joseph Mellot and Kleine Zalze have both been acknowledged in this way at the Sommelier Wine Awards. It is a testament to their focus on producing wines of a consistent and high quality which are also so food friendly.’
Hatch Mansfield are UK sole agents for Joseph Mellot and Kleine Zalze which are both distributed exclusively in the on trade by Matthew Clark.
Hatch Mansfield are UK specialists in premium wine with a focus on independent, family owned wine producers. All own a significant vineyard base, first class winemaking facilities and cellars, giving them quality control from grape to bottle. They have a story to tell about heritage, provenance and authenticity along with a comprehensive range of award winning wines.