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News posted on Monday, 2 November 2015

Show us your poster!
Poster abstract submissions for next year’s Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference are now open! Submit your poster abstract for a chance to win a prize or be selected to present your research in a ‘Fresh Science’ session at the 16th AWITC in Adelaide in July 2016. Posters will be on display throughout the conference. Visit the AWITC website to find out more and submit your abstract online.

ECO TRELLIS ® toast success at the Wine Industry Supplier Awards
ECO TRELLIS ® has won two prestigious categories at the 9th annual Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Awards (WISA) held on Thursday 22 October in Adelaide. These awards highlight wine industry suppliers who clearly demonstrate that they can add value to their clients businesses. The awards won are the Banrock Station Wines Environment & Sustainability Award and the Tarac Technologies Innovation Award.

ABEVE launches the PROTEC XTri Optical Sorter into the Australian market
The Protec XTri sorter is designed to separate out from the winemaking berries anything that might alter the quality of the end product. Xtri has installed a multi camera system, utilising techniques up until now seen only in specialised research laboratories. In Europe and America the Protec XTris is the leading Optical Sorter sought after by premium wineries.

The secret winemakers behind Aldi's insanely cheap, award-winning wines
The judges were apparently shocked. In a blind tasting at one of Australia's premier wine shows, three judges awarded the gold medal to a fine Rosé. The blinders were removed. The brand was Aldi and the cost? $4.99. That's right, the nation's best Rosé cost less than a bottle of Passion Pop. Aldi's wines under $10 have won gongs at the Sydney International Wine Competition, the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, the Perth Royal Show and more.

Max Allen: Seppelt winery closure will be a disaster
MAX ALLEN OPINION: Seppelt Great Western is one of the most fabulous old wineries in Australia. The wines that Seppelt chief winemaker Adam Carnaby and his team are producing — particularly the scintillating Drumborg Riesling and deeply distinctive St Peters Shiraz — are outstanding. So why on earth did parent company Treasury Wine Estates announce last week that it would be ceasing operations at the winery and closing the cellar door by the middle of next year? Are they mad?

Accolade takes Grant Burge distribution from Hatch Mansfield
Australian winery Grant Burge is to end its 10-year distribution deal with Hatch Mansfield. The Barossa-based wine producer was acquired by Accolade Wines in January this year. The acquisition included the Grant Burge brand, business and Krondorf winery. At the time of the acquisition Michael East, Accolade’s general manager for Asia Pacific said “we see this as an opportunity to grow that brand”.

Slice of Barossa 'Grange' country up for sale
A group of high-powered wine industry executives including Margaret Lehmann, widow of celebrated winemaker Peter Lehmann, has tipped 34.5 hectares of prime "Grange country" vineyards onto the market in the Barossa Valley with expectations of between $2 and $3 million. The vineyards, on Schneiders Road in the Ebenezer district near Nuriootpa, were first planted by Peter Lehmann "the baron of the Barossa" in 1999.

Tasmanian winery running short of prize-winning Pinot Noir
Tasmanian winery Home Hill wines, which took out the coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red this month, is facing a serious shortage of its prized drop. The Ranelagh winery is only the second Tasmanian operation to take out the award, considered the highest achievement for a one or two-year-old red. Home Hill owner Terry Bennett said the Kelly's Reserve pinot noir 2014 had a long-lingering back palette, good mid palette and lovely nose.

Frost keeps grapegrowers on guard
Central Otago grape-growers are breathing a sigh of relief after a few close encounters with frost this week. ''We've had a few niggly ones but this was the first serious one that had teeth,'' viticulturist Gary Crabbe said after spending the early hours of Friday frost-fighting at Gibbston vineyards. ''I'd never tempt fate and I won't really know the full extent for a few days, but I think some people will be breathing a sigh of relief. It was nothing too catastrophic.''

MediaWorks buys supplies from boss' own vineyard
From the photocopy machine to the after-work drinks, MediaWorks' boss Mark Weldon is a pervasive influence at the broadcaster he has run for a year. MediaWorks has bought multiple cases of wine from Mr Weldon's Terra Sancta winery in Central Otago over the past year. The former boss of the NZ Stock Exchange has also spoken of the message to staff of "fiscal responsibility in all things", which sits behind a new policy that has seen the single-page print option disabled on company photocopiers.

English sparkling wine beats Veuve Clicquot and Tattinger in blind taste test
Beating the French at their own game, English sparkling wines have come out on top in a blind taste test orchestrated by London-based food and wine magazine Noble Rot. Hambledon Classic Cuvée from Hampshire, which sells for £28.50 (A$61.75) and Sussex-based Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010 which sells for £23.99 (A$52) beat out ten champagnes to take top honors for wines under £40 (A$86.65). Judges were served the wines blind in a random order and scored each wine on aroma, flavour, balance and length.

Corked? Fine wines languish in China warehouses as consumers cool
SHANGHAI - The crates of Chateau Brehat wine from Bordeaux had gathered dust for three years in a bonded warehouse on the outskirts of Shanghai before the owners cut their losses in July, slashing three-quarters off the $50 price tag. The fire sale was prompted by a huge oversupply of wine that had built up after a swarm of importers jumped at seemingly stellar growth from 2010.

Startup to help wine grape growers battle drought
Entrepreneurs at a startup that licenses a Purdue University innovation say their company could help grape growers and winemakers to optimize quality and yields in their vineyards while minimizing irrigation water use. David S. Ebert, co-founder and chief technology officer at VinSense LLC, said grape growers face the challenges of maintaining long-term ecological and economic stability and sustaining product quality and consistency because of several key factors.

South Africa: Dry season might result in smaller grape harvest
THE South African wine industry can expect a smaller wine grape harvest in 2016 should the dry seasonal conditions persist in November. This is the message from the regional viticulturists of VinPro‚ the representative organisation for some 3‚500 wine producers and cellars. The winter and spring were drier than normal in many regions. THE South African wine industry can expect a smaller wine grape harvest in 2016 should the dry seasonal conditions persist in November.

Vineyard survey shows some supply balance- but more is needed
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) today released an analysis of the 2014-15 Vineyard Survey results with some positive signs of the wine sector moving toward supply-demand balance. Although the report noted optimistic supply adjustment, there is a strong indication that some reduction of supply is still needed at current demand levels. The analysis estimates a 17% reduction (nearly 30,000 hectares) in the national vineyard size from its peak in 2007-08 with record low non-bearing areas reported.

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