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News posted on Monday, 4 January 2016

Riverland winery loses 1.2 million litres of wine after tanks deliberately drained
More than a million litres of wine was drained from tanks at a Riverland winery earlier this week, sparking a plea for help from the public. Police believe the property damage occurred at the Monash winery in South Australia sometime between 3:00pm on December 28 and 9:00am the following morning. About 1.2 million litres of wine was drained from four separate tanks.

Downpours delay start of Hunter Valley grape harvest
Wet weather over recent weeks looks to have delayed the start of the Hunter Valley's grape harvest. Some vignerons were hoping to begin their vintage next week but rain has slowed the final ripening of fruit. The harvest usually lasts about six weeks beginning with white varieties including Semillon and chardonnay, before ending in February with the reds. Hunter winemaker Andrew Margan said recent rain has had an impact.

Treasury Wine sharpens focus in U.S.
Treasury Wine Estates Ltd. is making another big run at the U.S. market, after overly rosy estimates about demand there a few years ago led the Australian wine producer to famously dump thousands of gallons of unsold inventory. Now Treasury is focusing on pricier wines in the $10 to $100-plus range a bottle, rather than popular but cheaper wines such as its $6 a bottle White Zinfandel. Treasury is the world's eighth-largest wine producer by volume, according to data provider Euromonitor International.

Project Wine, boutique growers to satisfy on Asia’s thirst
The wine group backed by former BRL Hardy chief executive Stephen Millar is poised to make its second investment in an embattled Barossa Valley producer in six months as more cash-strapped boutique winemakers look for ways to keep their companies afloat to take advantage of improving conditions in the local industry.

The future is pinot, says Brian Schmidt
NOBEL Prize-winning astronomer and winemaker Brian Schmidt says Tasmania is Australia’s home of pinot noir and because of climate change may bec¬ome the only region able to produce the wine. Last Wednesday, Professor Schmidt will give the keynote add¬ress at the Taste of Tasmania, a venue he says has some spectacular reds.

Marlborough drought threatens grape harvest
Water restrictions are likely for residents in Marlborough as the region prepares for what could be one of the driest summers in decades. The Marlborough District Council said the region would experience a severe drought unless there was a substantial amount of rain soon. Yealands Family Wine founder Peter Yealands said the area was as dry as he could remember.

Is it a beer? Is it a wine? Marlborough craft wine to hit stores this year
Chili, chocolate and hop flavoured wines will be available in off-licence stores in February, thanks to a Marlborough wine company. Allan Scott Family Winemakers have been making craft wines, inspired by the experimentation of craft beer, since March last year. The first of these, the Green Hopped Gooseberry Bomb Sauvignon Blanc, combines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes with green Sauvin hops from Nelson, while other varieties have added chili, coffee and chocolate.

Wine barrels remain popular, but some producers moving to alternatives
Barrels are one of the icons of winemaking, usually seen laying on their side in the corner of a production area, aligned in rows and stacked on metal arms. They speak to the romance of a product that's tied to the gods and immortalized in a way unlike any other beverage. In many wineries, they're a crucial part of preparing that product, offering a breathable compartment that's so crucial for aging.

Eight Ways the Wine World Will Change in 2016
The impact of climate change and new technologies (like the ability to check wine prices on smartphones) are on my vinous radar for 2016. Sparkling wine, especially ubiquitous prosecco, is still going strong, but “premiumisation” is coming. Ditto for rosé. The future for wine looks bright, though craft beer and craft cider are siphoning off plenty of attention. Still, more people than ever (in the U.S. and UK especially) are drinking more expensive bottles—although you can get by quite splendidly under $50, too.

French vineyards blow dust off the barrels and embrace a digital revolution in wine
Most commonly associated with notions such as tradition, authenticity and terroir, the French wine industry doesn’t instantly jump to mind as a leader in innovation. But its deep traditions are no impediment to finding new ways to showcase the sector’s know-how, enhance its reputation, and promote engagement with and exchanges about wine.

The labelling lies of expensive wines
The labels on more affordable wines can be more trustworthy than their pricy counterparts. The more you pay for wine, the less you know about how much alcohol is in it. This is one of the more interesting findings in a study published this week called "Splendide Mendax: False Label Claims About High and Rising Alcohol Content of Wine." Producers of wines retailing at more than $40 are less honest about the actual alcohol in their wine than producers of cheaper wine.

Global company Eppendorf offer unique services for winemakers
The laboratory is a critical part of the winery industry and with technology continually evolving staying at the cutting edge is critical for winemakers to maximise not just production but the success of the final product. Eppendorf is a global company focused on manufacturing a complete range of liquid handling, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, PCR and other related products including calibration services to ensure quality of your final product.

Fire Revolution: Precision Fire Toast Tank Staves by Oak Solutions Group
Oak Solutions Group has launched Precision Fire Toast, a series of fire-toasted tank staves crafted using an innovative new toasting system developed by the company’s product innovation team. “Fire toasting is iconic to our industry, yet mastering this toasting method requires precise control that is consistent and repeatable,” said David Llodrá, director of research and development.

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