The Mentzendorff Portfolio Tasting was recently held at 1 Great George Street, London; the theme of this year’s tasting was sustainability and the topic was explored in depth at a seminar and panel discussion chaired by Peter Richards MW and featuring a selection of speakers from across the Mentzendorff Portfolio, including Denis Bunner – Champagne Bollinger, Federico Ceretto – owner, Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Andrew Donaldson – founder of Akitu from New Zealand’s Central Otago and Adrian Bridge CEO of the Fladgate Partnership.
To this point in my career, I had never experienced such amazing hospitality as at the Hamilton Russell Estate. The greeting by the family dogs, Ashbourne, January, Ophelia and Como and Guillaume the resident Butler, was a fabulous welcome (as long as you don’t mind tail whipping and a bit of slobber!)
Anwilka’s vineyards are just 7 km from the ocean in Stellenbosch’s prime Helderberg region. The cool south easterly wind means that the Helderberg area is 3-4°C cooler than the rest of Stellenbosch, producing longer hang times and more elegant wines.