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News posted on Thursday, 1 June 2017

Award trifecta for Tyrrells
Ian Tinkler, Andrew Thomas and Bimbadgen Estate’s Rauri Donkin last week gained 2017 Hunter Wine Award honours - and the Tyrrell’s family wine company scored a rare trifecta. Three of their team have been recognised for excellence in their fields. Source, The Herald.

Investment group buys NZ vineyard
United States buyers have snapped up a Marlborough vineyard, intending to redevelop it when its lease runs out. The Overseas Investment Office has approved the purchase of 274 hectares of land in Awatere Valley, from Craggy Range Vineyards, for $23 million. Source, Stuff Business.

Dog Point Vineyard takes top award
Marlborough’s Dog Point Vineyard took out the supreme award at this year’s Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards. Recognised as one of the country’s largest organic vineyards, 110 hectares are BioGro-certified vines. Source, Rural News Group.

Speeding up the sparkling wine process
Winemakers and wine drinkers alike will be excited at the prospect of faster sparkling wine vintages, and a Tasmanian researcher may have the answer. Source, The Examiner.

Brother John May leaves Clare
The much-loved face of the Clare Valley, Brother John May, has been recalled to Sydney by his Jesuit order after more than five decades’ service at Sevenhill Cellars. In a move that he has described as another chapter in his religious life, he left Clare yesterday at the calling of the Provincial of Australian Jesuits. Source, Adelaide Now.

$50 million Chardonnay export & tourism push
Having a chardy was almost a national past time several years ago – and now it is making a comeback. On Wednesday, Wine Australia senior analyst Mark Rowley gave advice on how winemakers can share in a $50 million government push to export wine and encourage international tourists to drink our wine starting next January. Source, Central Western Daily.

McGuigan on China
Australian wine exports to China climbed 40% to AUS$520 million in 2016, presenting Australia with a huge opportunity, says McGuigan’s chief winemaker Neil McGuigan, as the country moves to becoming the world’s biggest wine market. Source, The Drinks Business.

Oxidised = bad, oxidative = good?
Oxygen is necessary to wine and the winemaking process. But there’s a tipping point. According to Jancis Robinson, oxidized wine is defined as wine that has been “harmfully exposed to oxygen.” This process can be harmful if a winemaker doesn’t take care to limit exposure while the wine is in the cellar. Source, Vine Pair.

Jeb Dunnuck to leave Wine Advocate
Wine critic Jeb Dunnuck is leaving his job at the Wine Advocate, the publication founded by Robert M. Parker Jr., the world’s most powerful wine critic. On July 1 he will launch his own digital publication, JebDunnuck.com. California wine will be a major focus. Source, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ripe fruit makes the best wine
Traditionally, winemakers praise long hang times for both consolidating sugars and developing flavors, but new research from Washington State University shows that fruit maturity affects the former far more than the latter. Source, Good Fruit.

Hampshire bubbles wins UK wine award
A £65-a-bottle sparkling English wine made from grapes grown on the chalk downlands of North Hampshire has been crowned the best tasting in the UK after beating nearly 300 English and Welsh rivals in the first national awards scheme of its kind. Source, The Guardian.

A fine investment
Throughout history wine was seen as the fruit of the gods and meant to be enjoyed. But now some investors are betting that what was once a high-end niche market may indeed be a road paved with gold. Source, Deutsche Welle.

2017 Asian Trade and Media Visit wrap up
Nine leading wine professionals from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia recently took part in an engaging seven-day Australian wine experience hosted by Wine Australia. Here are comments from some of the guests. Source, Winetitles.

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