Nekter Wines in the Press
Rave reviews, compliments and high scores - we know we’re not supposed to brag, but it’s jolly nice to receive and share them when we do! A wise person once said “when you get good scores, you let everybody know. When you get bad scores, you keep quiet and just mumble about how all tasting is subjective and all…”
It’s early days yet, but we’re delighted to share the reviews we have so far received.
26/01/19, Victoria Moore, The Telegraph
Barossa can easily confuse as, technically, it encompasses two adjacent regions, the Eden Valley and the Barossa Valley, both of them in South Australia to the north of Adelaide. The Eden Valley is higher and cooler, known for its racy riesling. The Barossa Valley is the hot, dry place famous for producing the unmistakable style of shiraz – huge, chocolatey, high in alcohol, thick with baked-raspberry-like fruit and liquorice flavours and hefty oak – that helped to put Australia on the map.
Now a new generation of Barossa Valley winemakers is experimenting with a gentler style of wine – picking earlier for freshness, going easy on the extraction and reining back on the oak. I was particularly taken with a Barossa Valley cabernet franc – yes! Cabernet franc! – I tasted recently. The Geyer Wine Co specialises in reviving neglected vineyards and its Seaside Cabernet Franc 2017 is a real beauty – saline and savoury but with a firm plume of red berry fruit and only 13% alcohol.
08/01/19 - Dr Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak.
Jon Davey started Nekter Wines 2 years ago, after spending 16 years working in management consulting. He had developed an interest in wine, and on a holiday to south Africa he decided to bring some wine back. This was the spur for him to make a career change. He tried to get a good job in wine and couldn’t with his lack of experience, so he started importing wine. He began with a couple of producers in South Africa, then a few from California, and has taken off from there. The Nekter customers are predominantly London on-trade. In terms of the wines in the portfolio, stylistically and philosophically it’s minimal intervention – not ‘natural’ but doing as little as possible to the fruit. He’s grown to the point that he’s hired Imogen Taylor to work with him. The thing that sets Nekter apart is their specific focus on interesting producers in California, and the quality of the wines they have sourced from there. I tasted with John and Imogen at their offices, and was impressed by the quality of the wines.
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28/12/18: CHRISTINA RASMUSSEN’S 2019 PREDICTIONS
“As we are about to pop the cork to 2019, I find myself thinking about the current state of the wine trade in the on-trade and indie sector in the UK, particularly London. I am not going to address Brexit.
We have never seen so much diversity in terms of wine as today; the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This means a competitive and somewhat flooded market, but there is always space for interesting new quality-driven wines and the increase in small, grower-focussed importers is testament to that (you know who you are - Flint Wines, Keeling Andrew & Co, Newcomer, Uncharted, Kiffe my Wines, Under the Bonnet, Modal, Nekter, Otros Vinos, the list goes on…) You guys rock, and London’s wine scene would shine far less brightly without you. I can’t write this without mentioning veterans Les Caves and Vine Trail, and the original Richards Walford, who were some of the first to light the flame - you have inspired others to do the same and you keep fighting the good fight.”
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06/09/18 - Frankie McCoy, Evening Standard Magazine
Overwhelmed by choice? Head to Nekter (nekterwines.com), where the streamlined selection of organic, low intervention Australian, South African and Californian bottles are favoured by sommeliers from the likes of The Fat Duck and Noble Rot — with just a few shiny bottles left for you to get your hands on, like the crazy Wine Hooligans Sea Monster, which tastes like a rave at the bottom of the sea. You don’t get that at the local offie.
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28/09/18, Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective
“Shaking it up, Wine Australia’s Off the Vine tasting showcased emerging talent and wine styles to great effect last week, as did two importer-led tastings – The Dirty Dozen & Out of the Box. I made some cracking new discoveries, including Jayden & Morgan Ong’s One Block (Yarra Valley) and Geyer Wines (Barossa).
My introduction not only to Geyer Wines but also their recently established UK importer/online retailer, Nekter Wines. Established by Jonothan Davey, a management consultant, the focus in on wines frim 15 producers in Australia, California and Chile who produce minimal intervention wines which are true to terroir (and clean, emphasised Davey).”
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01/08/18 - Frankie McCoy, Evening Standard Magazine
The wine scene has been all over this sustainable bag stuff for a while: from ‘bagnums’, as pioneered by Beaujolais mavericks Le Grappin, to Vinnaturo’s 1.5l bags of natural wine, Trebbiano, and When in Rome’s gluggable bag-in-box 5l jobs, all enabling both sustainability (thanks to the reduced weight and subsequent lower CO2 emissions) and a better wine at a smashable price point. Canned wine is also on the rise, with naturally sparkling fizz in Quello’s handy 200ml aluminium tins, Californian chardonnay in Nekter Wines’ craft beer-like cans and new start-up The Uncommon, with its single-serves of English Bacchus, which are endlessly recyclable and 80 per cent lighter than glass to drastically reduce carbon footprint. Even better? Each tinny chills in just 10 minutes, meaning you’re never a long time away from a generous glass of refreshment.
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Taste the bright lights of California, JancisRobinson.com
Ferdinand Wines Tempranillo 2014
95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano. Aged for 18 months in French oak (10% new).
I was really surprised by this wine – probably the only one with a state AVA and such a high score. Bright ruby. Wonderfully perfumed. Really fine texture and convincing varietal character. Juicy, savoury and appetising. One of my favourite wines and one of the more keenly priced in this range of California wines. 17.5. Jancis Robinson MW, 02/12/17
Benevolent Neglect Syrah 2015
Deep garnet. Very ripe-Syrah nose. Sweetish but truly varietal aroma with an interesting spicy savour. Sweeter than any northern Rhône red but an attractive wine with a dry, slightly oaky finish. 16.5. Jancis Robinson MW, 03/10/17.
Benevolent Neglect Counoise 2015
Mid to light crimson but darker than the Keep Wines Counoise. More intense and lifted on the nose. Small hedgerow berries and a tangy cranberry freshness. Quite a grip on the palate, firm, chewy and much more to get your teeth into though it also has a slight floral character. Intense, fresh and long. The finish is almost but not quite bitter and I think this would be better with food but it’s a cracking Counoise! 17. Julia Harding MW, 03/10/17
Keep Wine Counoise 2016
Light crimson. Pretty, red cherry, a touch of spice, rounded and silky with a long tangy finish. Very digestible, the tannins just coming back in at the very end. Lively and joyful. 16.5. Julia Harding MW, 03/10/17
Calder Wine Co Carignane 2015
Mid crimson. Lovely wild dark fruit on the nose, and then dark but extremely juicy cherry fruit on the palate. The Carignan tannins are firm and dry but neither rustic nor tough. Chewy, spicy and so fresh in that wild dark fruit on the finish. Excellent mastery without loss of character. 17. Julia Harding MW, 03/10/17