Australian Craft Winemakers Bring Unique, Nontraditional Small Batch Wines to the United States
NEW YORK, January 11, 2016 – A group of young renegade winemakers from Australia is bringing its creative, small batch wines to the United States for the first time, as Biagio Cru & Estate Wines today announced it’s now the exclusive importer of Five O’Clock Somewhere.
“From the unbelievable labels to the exceptional quality of the wines themselves, each wine is crafted in such a unique, thoughtful manner and has its own story to tell,” said Darren Restivo, a principal of Biagio Cru & Estate Wines. “We’re thrilled to be working with a group of such talented, creative and passionate individuals. Introducing these wines to the United States market is a very exciting project for us, and I’m confident they will be a hit.”
With more than 20 years of experience crafting wine, buying, and managing in the international wine trade, in 2006 Steve Grimley and his family established a permanent base tucked away in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Five O’Clock Somewhere is comprised of passionate, young winemakers and wine-lovers who craft collections of wine that are inspired, inventive and engaging.
Through collaborating with various talented winemakers and artists, Five O’Clock Somewhere established its 5OS Project, which offers small batch wines that were created exclusively for this brand. Each wine is unique in its own varietal, regional and vintage characteristics, and designers capture this authenticity by crafting one-of-a-kind labels that tell a story for every wine.
Founder Steve Grimley also created his own exclusive label, Ess & See, where he experiments with making innovative, compelling wines that he personally enjoys and are distinct in their origin, variety and vintage.
“Our aim is to create a collection of wines that are interesting, purposeful and honest in a dare-to-be-great environment,” said founder Steve Grimley. “We always assumed we'd keep the wines available only around our home town of McLaren Vale, but after meeting the Biagio crew and hearing of their vision, we had no hesitation on embarking on an exciting adventure into the US market and look forward to making more wines available in the years ahead.”
Exclusively available in select U.S. markets, the Five O’Clock Somewhere wines – including the 5OS Project and Ess & See label – retail for approximately $24.99 to $27.99 and include: Shiraz Viognier 2012; Ess & See Tempranillo 2013; Ess & See Mataro 2013; Sunset Durif 2013; Loom Pinot Noir 2013; Chameleon White 2013; Montepulciano 2012; Malbec 2012; Sangiovese 2012.
The wines have already received superior ratings from leading industry publication Wine & Spirits Magazine, including 91 for the Shiraz Viognier 2012, 90 for the Ess & See Tempranillo 2013, and 92 for the Ess & See Mataro 2013.
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About Biagio Cru and Estate Wines
Based in Roslyn Heights, NY and founded in 1998, Biagio Cru is a family owned importer of fine wines from across the globe.
Biagio Cru’s stable of wines include the perennially popular Lolailo Sangria, a three-time Impact Hot Brand winner, as well as de Restia Crianza from Ribera del Duero in Portugal, which has been recognized with 89, 91 and 93 Wine Spectator point ratings across multiple vintages., as well as the much coveted “Smart Buy” and “Savvy Shopper” nods . It was touted as “one of the most impressive values of the year” ranking #26 in the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of the year.
Biagio imports the Parxet line of wines, which features the Cuvee 21, the only organic cava from the Alella region of Spain, garnering a Wine Enthusiast 90 point “Editor’s Favorite” rating. The Parxet line also includes a Reserve and a rosé called Titiana.
Herdade de Medeiros, from the famed Alentejano region of Portugal, also is part of the expanding Biagio Cru portfolio, boasting WE ratings ranging from 87-91 points and “Best Buy” and “Editor’s Choice” nods. Biagio Cru’s newest import is the full line of Tabali wines, one of the most prominent and highly-regarded brands in Chile today, hailing from the unique Limari Valley. Tabali wines have received superior ratings from the world’s leading critics, Robert Parker and James Suckling, including a 94 for the Talinay Sauvignon Blanc, a 93 for the Syrah Reserve Especial, and a 92 for both the Tinto Reserve Especial and Talinay Chardonnay.