Tasting a World of Wine

Peter Morrell attends the annual Hatch Mansfield Portfolio Tasting and brings you the highlights of the event

Taittinger in Kent 1

Taittinger in Kent

Louis Jadot 2

Louis Jadot

Mellot Sancerre

Joseph Mellot



Errazuriz 1


The Colchagua Valley


Villa Maria Summer Wines 2

Villa Maria Summer Wines

Esk Valley Duo

Esk Valley

Hugh Crichton ©Vidal

Hugh Crichton ©Vidal

Teawa 1

Te Awa

Hatch Mansfield is a UK wine importer and distributor who specialise in supplying premium wines made by independent, family owned wine producers. All of the producers own a significant vineyard base, have first class winemaking facilities and cellars which gives them quality control from grape to bottle. They all have a story to tell about their heritage, provenance and authenticity along and make a comprehensive range of award winning wines.

During the year I have the pleasure of meeting the producers and sampling new wines as they are released. Articles about the vineyards and reviews of the wines are published regularly on the website. The portfolio tasting is an opportunity to compare wines and to spot new trends

All of the wines I tasted were good and here are some of the highlights

Taittinger Champagne

This is one of my favourite champagnes their Brut Prestige Rosé was outstanding and their Nocturne ‘City of Lights’ in a stylish bottle is a wine you can drink all evening. During this year Taittinger announced a joint venture to establish a vineyard near Canterbury in Kent. Read all about it here…

Louis Jadot

This highly respected producer had a range of wines on offer, I tried the Château des Jacques Moulin-à-Vent 2014 made with the Gamay grape which gave it some lovely raspberry flavours. To read a review of Louis Jadot wines click here…

Joseph Mellot

This producer from the Loire Valley was founded in 1513 so has over 500 years of wine making experience. I sampled their Sancerre La Chatellenie 2015, read more about the wine when it was recently served at the Sir John Soane Museum by clicking here…


This well-established wine maker from the Rioja region of Northern Spain makes some stunning white and red wines. I tried their Vina Real Gran Reserva 2009, this Tempranillo dominant Rioja had good red stone fruit flavours and was silky smooth. Read more about C.V.N.E. here…


This producer from Chile is now being run by the 6th generation of the founding family. I sampled their Max Reserva Carménère 2014, the Carménère grape which has now been claimed by Chile after dying out in Europe produces intense, crimson wines with good structure. You can read our review of this and other Errazuriz wines by clicking here…


I had a one to one meeting with Chief Winemaker, Rodrigo Zamorano about a year ago and was highly impressed with his winemaking skills. I tasted the Tributo Single Vineyard Malbec Petreo 2014 made specially to celebrate Caliterra’s 20th anniversary. It was a lovely wine, an intriguing woody/fruity combination. Read more about the meeting with Rodrigo here…

Villa Maria

Villa Maria is a highly successful New Zealand producer. They and Taittinger are the official suppliers of wine and champagne for the BAFTA Film and TV awards. I tried their Cellar Selection Sauvignon Gris 2015, a wonderfully aromatic wine. To read a recent review of Villa Maria wines to drink in the summer click here…

Esk Valley

The Esk Valley winery is located in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand where cooling sea breezes help to create very delicate wines. I sampled their Verdelho, a grape native to Portugal, it’s grown on the Gimblett Gravels, a stony area which is poor for farming but ideal for vines. Read the review of Esk Valley wines here…


Vidal is based in both Marlborough and Hawkes Bay in New Zealand. I first tasted their Sauvignon Blanc when it was matched with crab and lobster at a dinner on the island of Alderney. I tasted it to remind me of its intense fruity character and that memorable meal. Late last year I had an interesting dinner with Head Winemaker Hugh Crichton, you can about read it here…

Te Awa Collection

Te Awa and Left Field wines are produced in New Zealand by two innovative young winemakers Richard Painter and Ant Mackenzie. Their wines are made to suit the contemporary palate and even the labels have a modern twist. I sampled their Left Field Merlot 2013 which showed good fruit on the nose and had a very spicy palate. To read a review of other Te Awa wines click here…

All of these wines are available at good supermarkets, off licences and independent wine merchants.