Bancroft autumn/winter 2021

Ataraxia in Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

Ali found eight wines that scored at least 17 points at this tasting. Above is Ataraxia, the South African producer of one of the least expensive of them.

The UK importer and online retailer Bancroft Wines has undergone an impressive and extensive expansion recently. As Jancis reported in March they have significantly bolstered both their staff as well as their portfolio. Following the downsizing and restructuring of the UK’s fine-wine wholesaler Fields, Morris & Verdin (now styled FM&V), Bancroft picked up an impressive haul of producers (over 40) to join their existing ranks.

They also added several key personnel, most...