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News posted on Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Another reason to love South Australian wines
South Australia’s wine industry is known for some of the best wines in the world and now we can celebrate its environmental achievements as well.South Australian-based wineries Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Wirra Wirra and Kay Brothers have all received awards from the SA Wine Industry Association (SAWIA) for their commitment to greater energy efficiency. Pernod Ricard has cut winery CO2 emissions by more than 8,500 tonnes per year (equivalent to the output of 1,800 passenger vehicles), Wirra Wirra has made big energy savings from its investment in an efficient refrigeration plant, while Kay Brothers now gets 70% of its energy from rooftop solar panels and has been a leader in introducing “lean production” strategies.

G.H. Mumm ready for a rosé push
Bryan Fry, the Managing Director of Pernod Ricard Australia, has told TheShout that the company’s plans to continue the strong support of the G.H Mumm brand will see a big push on rosé. Fry said that over the past seven years Pernod Ricard Australia has been investing strongly behind G.H Mumm and in that time the brand has seen 65 per cent growth. That growth has seen the brand move from number eight in Australia to number two with Fry adding “hopefully we’ll overtake the market leader some time very close in the future.”

Supermarket booze barns racing each other to the bottom
Just because you only spend $13 on your prosecco doesn't mean you don't care about wine. A few decades ago, the only wines you could buy under $10 were Passion Pop and discount Spumante. Today, Aldi spruiks an award-winning rose for $4.99, Woolworths-owned Dan Murphy's sells a shiraz for $2.99 and now Coles' newcomer Liquor Market is going with the slogan "low cost and so much more". What's changed to allow an influx of cheap barn-style bottle shops?

Penfolds and Hermes' Saint-Louis: partners by design
It’s a long way from the Barossa Valley to Saint-Louis lès-Bitche. The little town four and a half hours’ drive north-east of Paris is barely a blip on the map of France. Blink, and you’ll miss it. You have to zoom in on Google Maps for it to even feature, in faint text, close to the German border. Saint-Louis lès-Bitche (or Münzthal) covers an area of just 4.5 square kilometres and has a population of about 500. So why on earth has Australia’s best-known luxury wine brand, Penfolds, turned up here? And, it’s not the only quality brand in town. French fashion house Hermès arrived on the scene in 1989.

National brand bid deserves more thought
A CAMPAIGN backed by Fortescue Metals Group’s Andrew Forrest would have all Australian food sold overseas under a single brand and logo. The concept would have food, including beef, vegies, cheese, wine and high-end condiments predominantly branded as Australian ahead of their individual branding, while also certifying them as clean, green and safe. Trade Minister Steve Ciobo will work with Austrade and market researchers to design the branding, which would apply to all food, even to high-end wine labelling.

Waimea’s aromatic wines catch the judges’ eyes
The initial results of the 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition were announced recently and Waimea Estates was delighted that four of their winestyles caught the eye of the judges. This wine show is a little different in that the wines are judged twice – once in a formal setting and the second time judged with a dish created by the competition’s in-house chef so as to gauge the wine’s food-matching ability. Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2016 and Spinyback Pinot Gris 2015 were both awarded Gold Medals – placing them in the top 15% of the wine show’s 2000 entries. Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Spinyback Riesling 2016 went one step further to be awarded a Blue Gold Medal plus a placing in the TOP 100 wines overall which places them in the top 5% of the show.

Top tipple swaps from bottles to cans
Forget the cork, screw cap or even a glass - 'cracking one open' isn't just for beer drinkers anymore. Misty Cove in Blenheim is the first winery in New Zealand to start canning wine, and says it's not only convenient, but also good for storing the drink. "The can in itself as a vessel is brilliant," winemaker Andrew Bailey told Newshub. "There's no light strike, there's no oxygen getting in there. It's absolutely perfect for wine really." He says the can has a protective lining, so the aluminium doesn't tamper with the taste.

France maintains image but Spanish sales expected to rise
The results of Sopexa’s 2016 Trade Monitor have revealed that while the trade still sees France as the world’s most prestigious wine producer, sales of Spanish wines are expected to rise. The Trade Monitor is the collected two-year forecasts of 1,100 members of the international trade – importers, wholesalers and retailers – and how their clients and customers view wine. According to their responses, France remains the most popular wine-producing country with 94% of respondents having French wines in their portfolios.

Nk’Mip Cellars named Canadian Winery of the Year
Nk’Mip Cellars has consistently been praised for many years – and captured major awards in the process – but they’ve reached the pinnacle in the Canadian wine industry with Friday’s announcement they have been named Canadian Winery of the Year in the 2016-17 InterVin International Wine Awards. Nk’Mip Cellars also finished second in the Winery of the Year against international competition from traditional wine markets in France, Italy and Australia. “It’s certainly a huge achievement and we’re very very happy with it,” said head winemaker Randy Picton, who has been the only head winemaker at Nk’Mip Cellars since the day it opened back in 2002.

Majestic Wine next-day delivery service for Christmas trade
Majestic Wine is hoping its new next-day delivery service will help it bolster Christmas trading after the firm was forced to issue a warning over profits in September. Wine lovers will be able to utilise “flexible delivery options” through click and collect and next-day delivery services, and a six-bottle minimum online order has been removed, Majestic said. Managing director John Colley described the introduction of the service as a “big step in our transformation plan”.

UK wine duty revenues hit record £4 billion
The UK’s wine industry generated a record £4 billion in tax revenue in the past 12 months while spirits revenues increased by £54m in the past six, despite a freeze on wine and cut on spirits duty in 2015. According to the Wine and Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), wine duty income increased on the previous year by £139m (+3.6%) from April 2015 to March 2016 inclusive, following a freeze on wine duty in 2015. Following the cut in spirits duty in the 2015 budget, spirits duty income increased on the previous year by £125m (+4.1%) from April 2015 to March 2016 inclusive.

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