Liberty Wines takes on SA winery Excelsior
Liberty Wines has been appointed UK agent for South African producer Excelsior.
Located in Robertson in the Western Cape, Excelsior has 220ha of vineyards, with a focus on Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay.
The winery has been owned by the De Wet family since 1859 and is currently run by Freddie De Wet, along with his sons Peter and Jacques. The estate holds Wine Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) and Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) accreditation, and is involved in numerous community projects.
Peter De Wet said: “We are passionate about making individual and exciting varietal wines that express the character of our land, and we have a strong sense of sustainability running throughout our operation. We believe that Liberty has the same quality ethos as we do and its expertise in the independent off-trade and on-trade, as well as the strength of its customer base and portfolio of producers, makes it the natural partner for our business.”
The Excelsior range available through Liberty will comprise a Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Merlot 2012, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 and Shiraz 2011, all available at £8.99.
David Gleave MW, managing director of Liberty Wines, added: “Excelsior has both a prestigious history and great integrity, which is core to the production of their ‘wines of origin’. We were impressed by their commitment to sustainability, exacting vineyard practices, and the ripe fruit intensity that they achieve across their range. The Excelsior wines offer superb value from Robertson and are an exciting addition to our South African portfolio.”