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News posted on Thursday, 3 August 2017

Langhorne Creek winemaker stands out
The annual Halliday Wine Companion awards bestowed one of its highest accolades to a winemaker from the often overlooked region of Langhorne Creek, naming Paul Hotker from Bleasdale Vineyards as ‘winemaker of the year’.

Treasury Wine Estates hits back at negative analysis
Treasury Wine Estates has hit back at ‘negative’ comments by analysts, reaffirming positive and sustainable growth and margin in Asia. The Australian winemaker said it wanted to clarify its outlook in response to Goldman Sach’s downgrading its outlook yesterday on the back of “unrealistic” expectations of the Chinese market, which it said potentially gave rise to “misleading statements”. Source, The Drinks Business.

Teacher turned winemaker
It’s a family affair at Munari Wines, with Adrian Munari, his wife Deborah and their children Beauregard and India all playing a part in developing the award-winning brand. In 1992 Munari and his family purchased the vineyard near Heathcote and began their new lives as winemakers. And while he has enjoyed every day of life as a winemaker, Munari admitted switching eraser for éraflage has been a tough gig. Source, Shepparton News.

More brilliant ideas for empty IBC containers
Hugh Barrett, who works at the Sorrenberg vineyard at Beechworth has been using a converted IBC as a giant 'dishwasher'. After years hand-washing picking boxes, Barry and Jan Morey’s son, Bernard, was tasked to come up with something better. Ten years later, the box washer has not missed a beat. It's another useful reincarnation of the humble IBC. Source, The Weekly Times.

Complete set of Grange could break auction records
ONE of the most spectacular sets of wine ever seen in Australia will go up for sale in Adelaide on Sunday — and it’s expected to break all auction records. The full set of Penfolds Grange, considered Australians most famous wine and in global terms one of the great wines of the world, has been valued at between $250,000 and $280,000. Source, News Corp Australia Network.

Saint Clair Family Estate to be distributed by E&J Gallo
Known for producing some of the best Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand's Marlborough region, Saint Clair Family Estate is the latest addition to Gallo's premium import portfolio. "Saint Clair Family Estate is well-known around the world and we are excited to introduce this award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to American consumers," said Roger Nabedian, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Gallo's Premium Wine Division. Source, PR Newswire.

Brothers bring shared passion to New World Wine Awards
Ben and Jack Glover share a love of wine, and a judging gig at one of the most prestigious wine shows in the country. The brothers grew up on a dairy farm in Marlborough, but each went on to forge their own distinct paths in the wine industry after the farm was converted to grapes. From time to time they sit on the same judging panel at wine shows, as was the case this week when Ben and Jack joined the panel at the New World Wine Awards. Source, Stuff.

Fake Châteauneuf-du-Pape scandal
One of France's largest bulk wine companies has found itself at the centre of a storm over the alleged false labelling of large amounts of cheap table wine as being from well-known Rhône appellations, including Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Source, Decanter.

Londoners look to Hungarian wines
When we think of fine wines from the continent, mostly we think of French burgundys, Italian rossos and Spanish tempranillos. But one unexpected land-locked Eastern European heartland is emerging as a strong contender in the London wine scene: Hungary. “Thanks to the climate, soil and grape varieties, you get the same brilliant quality of wine in Hungary as in France or Italy,” says Niki Koltai, director of Hungarian Wine House. Source, The Evening Standard.

Spain seeks more cohesive industry structure
As guest of honour at this year’s Vinexpo show in Bordeaux, Spain is ramping up its international profile. Vitisphere spoke to the general director of the Spanish Wine Federation, José Luis Benítez, about the industry’s plans for the future.Source, Vitisphere.

Berger on wine: Oak trends
In the 1980s, the flavour of oak was seen as essential to a fine red wine and also defined great Chardonnay. Actually, it wasn’t the oak aromas as much as the char inside the barrel that was lending wines their added aromatics and tastes. However, the use of barrels goes back hundreds of years and they weren’t employed for the flavors they imparted, but for the maturity that wine gets in older, neutral barrels. Source, The Press Democrat.

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