Press & Awards

We’re thrilled that our wines have been featured in many popular media publications. We have also entered some of the toughest and most prestigious competitions, to be judged next to the very best names from around the wine world.


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Harpers Wine & Spirits

Harpers' Choice

From the rugged landscape of the Agly Valley comes the newest line-up of Immortelle. A number of new vintages have been released, alongside a brand new wine.

Rivesaltes offers a touch of sweetness from the unfermented grape juice, with deep red fruit aromas giving away an interesting hint of spice. Click here to read the feature.

Joanna Simon

Wine of the Week:
Immortelle 2019

“Dark, intense, generous in flavour and texture with rich damson and hedgerow-berry fruit, allspice, dark chocolate and sweet leather, yielding tannins and exhilarating mineral vitality”.

Founding Editor of Waitrose & Partners Drinks magazine, journalist and wine writer Joanna Simons reviews Immortelle 2019. Read the full review here.

The Buyer

#InstaWine: Immortelle 2019

Bright, crisp, dark fruits, plum, crunchy on the palate, nice fresh acidity and a wine that can work with a myriad of dishes.

The Immortelle range is a remarkable journey through time. In a world where winemaking has become so industrialised, Immortelle dares to honour the past. Read the full review by Richard Siddle here.

Decanter Premium

Wines for the Week

Looking for everyday drinking wines that won’t disappoint? The Decanter tasting team has done all the hard work for you, picking out 25 exciting and accessible wines that are all ready to drink now.

El Garbi Tinto, 2021 is a fresh juicy Garnacha Tinta (with 5% of Garnacha Blanca) grown sustainably in cool Terra Alta. Read why Julie Sheppard scored it 91 points here.


Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022: Top 15 wines under £20

With New Zealand’s Marlborough region celebrating 50 years since the first vines were planted, Tina Gellie charts the evolution of its most famous wine and recommends 15 new release 2022 Sauvignon Blancs, all under £20.

SPOKE Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2022 – if Sancerre or other Loire Sauvignons are more your style, give this great value wine a try. Read why Tina Gellie awarded it 91 points here.

The Cambridge Wine Blogger

Six Wines from Vineyard Productions

Tasting wines with MWs is rarely less than a fascinating experience given their highly-trained palates and deep understanding of what makes a wine good.

I first came across Vineyard Productions last year after a twitter discussion about a wine label led to them sending me a bottle to try. In short, I liked the wine a lot (it was my unofficial wine of 2020. Read more here.


Six Regions, Six Dishes, Six Wines

Join us on a region-by-region trip through some of the very best food and wine Spain has to offer.

El Garbi Tinto, Terra Alta, Catalonia is from the southern Catalan highlands, a gorgeously expressive and silky interpretation of Garnacha in modern Pinot-of-the-south mould, with delightful fragrant lift and juicy energy coursing through a red-fruit palate. Discover more about El Garbi here.

Matthew Jukes

matthew jukes the fifty finest wines

The Fifty Finest Wines of 2022

SPOKE ‘Awatere’, Sauvignon Blanc 2021 is simply thrilling and mind-boggling value for money.

Pitting wine against wine in order to come up with the perfect fifty. Kiwi winemaker Ben Glover and English Master of Wine Liam Steevenson have collaborated on a series of incredible wines under the SPOKE label. The vineyard ‘spoke’ and they both listened. Read ‘The Fifty Finest Wines 2022 Guide’.

The Guardian

Can You Judge a Wine by its Label?

Three Crows is a wonderfully expressive Syrah from New Zealand, made as a tribute to the northern Rhône. Proof that expensive wines don’t have to have classic labels. 

How much effect does the label have on your decision to buy a wine? A fair bit, I’d imagine – and, despite being more concerned with the contents than the appearance of a bottle, the same applies to me as well.
Read Fiona Beckett’s article here.

The Independent

10 Best White Wines for Summertime Sipping, from Riesling to Chardonnay

Département 44, Muscadet is particularly zesty and comes big on salinity, with its tart citrus and apple notes providing plenty of bite.

With summer underway and social calendars filling up, elevate your next get-together with a sophisticated white wine that stands out from the crowd here.

National Geographic

Coastal Wines:
Five of the Best to Try for Summer 2022

Amu is a smooth, lush, citrussy white wine from Sardinia.

Whether from Bordeaux or Marlborough, coastal wines are often crisper and fresher than their inland counterparts. A remarkable number of the world’s vineyards are positioned alongside the sea because, “the sea is a stabilising factor on temperature,” explains Mark Pygott MW. Read more.

Joanna Simon

Petite Immortelle 2018

“Petite Immortelle is an approachable, fruity red that’s just right for the season. That’s not to say it wouldn’t go down well in winter too, it’s just that it’s really refreshing drunk lightly chilled on a warm evening”.

Founding Editor of Waitrose & Partners Drinks magazine, journalist and wine writer Joanna Simons reviews Petite Immortelle. Read what Joanna had to say here.

The Guardian

Get Acquainted with Grenache Blanc

Terra Alta has made this variety something of a speciality in recent years, with the broad mouth filling rich peach and creaminess given freshness by a cool underlying stoniness.

Summer is the best time to discover the refreshing appeal of one of the world’s most drinkable styles. Discover more.


New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Panel Tasting

Fincher & Co. Awatere Valley, Marlborough 2021 has achieved 95 points.

If you love the fruity-zingy style of Sauvignon Blanc there are many great, wallet-friendly buys to be found, from Marlborough and beyond. The Awatere Valley is slightly cooler than the rest of Marlborough, so this crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc is more European in style than is most commonly seen from the region. Read more.

Matthew Jukes

SPOKE 'Awatere', Sauvignon Blanc 2022

This week, I will not kick off with my featured wine. It is simply thrilling quality and mind-boggling value for money, but you will discover why this wine is an unmissable treat as you read on.

Read the full review here.

The Independent

10 Best Côtes De Provence Rosé Wines to Sip Whatever the Weather

A great, stylish bottle, paler than pale, a lovely orange peel scented bouquet and red fruits on the palate.

Mirabeau is not the only British operation in Provence. MAÏA Côtes de Provence, a Grenache dominated blend from a vineyard close to the sea, is a collaboration between two Masters of Wine, Liam Steevenson and Mark Pygott and again ticks all the right boxes. Read more.

The Wine Society

SPOKE: New Wines with a Tale to Tell

I’m sure many members will be familiar with the wines of New Zealander Ben Glover, the man behind Zephyr Wines. His latest exciting project incorporates not only his undoubted skills in the winery but aims to take the notion of sustainability beyond the winery gates in a collaboration with Vineyard Productions – Liam Steevenson MW. Read More.

Matthew Jukes

Wednesday Wines:
New Zealand New Releases

SPOKE ‘Resolute’ is the highest-scoring Sauvignon Blanc of the 41 examples being showcased.

The 2022 New Zealand New Release Tasting took place a couple of weeks ago, and 99 wines were on show. Some were indeed new and others not so, as you will see below, but it was a fascinating tasting, and I found 18 tremendous wines. These wines mentioned gained scores of 18/20 and higher in my notes. Read more.

The Drinks Business:
Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2022

SPOKE ‘Brink’ Sauvignon Semillon 2021 has achieved bronze in The Drinks Business Awards 2022.

The Drinks Business:
Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2022

SPOKE ‘Resolute’ Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has achieved silver in The Drinks Business Awards 2022.

The Drinks Business:
Global Syrah Masters 2022

Three Crows 2019 has achieved silver in The Drinks Business Awards 2022.

A winemaking collaboration between Master of Wine Liam Steevenson and celebrated Hawke’s Bay winemaker, Rod McDonald, discover more.

The Drinks Business:
Global Chardonnay Masters 2022

SPOKE ‘Amped’ 2021 has achieved silver in The Drinks Business Awards 2022.

The Drinks Business:
Global Grenache Masters 2022

El Garbi, Tinto 2020 has achieved silver in The Drinks Business Awards 2022.

Discover more.

International Wine Challenge 2022

Département 33 2021 has achieved silver in the International Wine Challenge 2022.

Discover more.

New Men

There is a new Vineyards Productions Wine in Portugal

MAÏA Blanc, Côtes de Provence 2021 has arrived to refresh your summer.

“This is an excellent wine, made by an exceptional team led by one of the most interesting people in the world of wine” Claudio Martins, CEO of MWA. Read more.

Introducing Libertine Brut Rosé to Portugal

Produced in Essex, one of England’s most reputed wine regions, in clay, gravel and sand soils, Libertine Brut Rosé is a sparkling wine of several crops (hence no vintage) that combines two noble varieties, Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%). Read more.

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