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Matthew Clark launches 200 new wines

Matthew Clark, the on-trade drinks supplier has introduced 200 new wines to its 2011/2012 wine list – some brand new to the UK and exclusive. Ian Smith, Matthew Clark’s commercial director discusses some of the new wines and suppliers

“A big focus this year has been the expansion of our Argentinean range and we welcome, for the first time as suppliers, D&D Wines who are providing us with the new on-trade exclusive Callia range from the Salentein Estate and some new varietals for Matthew Clark from Argentina, the Portillo Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.”  Matthew Clark has also added the much talked about Malbrontes wines from Las Bodegas – a range of three interesting and unusual blends of Malbec and Torrontes - great packaging and certainly a talking point.
“Moving to California range, we have enhanced our entry and mid-range level wine range whilst old favourite, Whispering Hills, also has a new look. Further up the quality ladder we welcome the Chalone wines from Monterey County and the superpremium St Suprey wines from Napa Valley.”
Ian Smith confirms that South Africa is the biggest range extension this year, welcoming the team from Distell: “They bring with them wines from across a variety of price points and styles including Drostdy-Hof, Fleur Du Cap, Durbanville Hills and the brand new Nederburg Manor House wines, designed exclusively for Matthew Clark with our customers in mind. We are also delighted to introduce the new Pongracz range from South Africa, fantastic traditional method sparkling wines that are both stylish and great value - I am sure the Desiderius will turn a few heads.”
Matthew Clark has concentrated on regionality in Australia with boutique wineries from the famous Bethany from Barossa, Over The Shoulder and Oakridge from the Yarra Valley and the Paracombe wines from Adelaide Hills - all interesting and unique to their own climates and terroir.
Smith concludes: “Moving a little closer to home and to the Old World, we have given some of our French favourites a packaging overhaul – the entry level J Moreau et Fils wines have been re-blended and re-labelled. Cave de Massé and Le Caprice have also benefited from complete packaging updates and we are delighted to introduce our new Rhône agency, Jean–Luc Columbo, already a bit hit in the US and renowned for his fantastic Cornas wines.”
“From Spain, we have for the first time, introduced a range from the increasingly popular Tororegion including the new Torres Natereo Alcohol Free wine – we are sure you will be surprised.”



1 March 2011 - Felicity Murray