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News posted on Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Rusticana infuses its jams with fine wine at Langhorne Creek
LANGHORNE Creek winery Rusticana is marrying two of its more unusual produce pursuits to create a unique food offering at its cellar door. The winery is now making jams and sauces infused with its Zinfandel and Durif variety wines to further showcase the label’s rare grape varieties. It’s a typically unpredictable approach from Rusticana owners Brian and Anne Meakins who have 25 acres of lesser known grape variety vines planted on their property.

Wine wait on Brexit: Exporters assessing impact on sales to UK, Europe
THE Winemakers’ Federation of Australia says it will be assessing and monitoring how the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union will affect Aust¬ralia’s wine industry. Acting chief executive Tony Battaglene has issued a briefing note to the nation’s wine industry about the impact of Brexit. The UK is Australia’s number one export destination by volume with 247 million litres of wine exported last year.

$3 million to protect vineyards from smoke
A new $3 million project to reduce the impact of controlled burns and wildfires near wine regions was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. The three-and-a-half-year project Mitigation of Climate Change Impacts on the National Wine Industry by Reduction in Losses from Controlled Burns and Wildfires and Improvement in Public Land Management is a collaborative project between Wine Australia and the Australian Wine Research Institute, Agriculture Victoria and LaTrobe University.

TWE dumps cheap wine brands in US
Treasury Wine Estates has taken another step towards meeting its promise to investors of hitting pre-tax margins in the high teens by 2020, by unshackling itself from more non-core, cheap commercial wine in the US. The world’s largest publicly listed winemaker, which owns brands such as Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Lindemans and Beringer, also moved to calm any shareholder fears its British arm could be disrupted by the vote to leave the European Union, saying it did not expect any material change to its fiscal 2017 forecasts.

Giesen Wines announces new appointments
Giesen Wines is expanding its head office, with the appointment of new chief financial officer Peter Dobbs. Peter was previously managing director at Optica Lfe Accessories Ltd. He was also a partner in national jewellery retailer Silvermoon from 2010-2014. His earlier roles include finance and property general manager at HW Richardson Group and 10 years as an executive director at Otago Trust Group, owned by the late Howard Paterson.

Far North vineyard toasts Syrah success
A Far North boutique vineyard is toasting an impressive medal haul at an international wine competition. Okahu Estate was awarded gold and silver medals at the competition in San Francisco - one of the most influential wine competitions in the world. Okahu 2014 estate grown Syrah was awarded a gold medal and Okahu 2014 estate grown Chambourcin was awarded silver. Okahu Estate was established in 1984 on a seven acre block near Kaitaia on the road to Ahipara – 90 Mile Beach.

Accolade Wines drops in on potential buyers in Asia
CHAMP Private Equity's Accolade Wines has met with potential Asian buyers, as the company progresses plans to test market appetite for the business. Street Talk can reveal Accolade's management team met with a handful of parties that had previously expressed interest, as part of a trip to Asia for the annual wine industry talkfest VinExpo in late May.

Chablis prices to rise as weather hits 2016 vintage
Wine lovers will be paying more for Chablis in the next couple of years, after bad weather has already cut the 2016 harvest by as much as 50%, according to one expert. There will be a major Chablis shortfall following what will be one of the Chardonnay-producing region’s most reduced harvests in living memory, according to Louis Moreau, owner of the highly regarded eponymous domaine and vice president of the Chablis Commission at the Burgundy wine bureau (BIVB).

California wine trade gives UK its backing despite Brexit
Californian wineries have given their backing to the UK trade in the wake of the decision to leave the EU. The Brexit news sent the pound plummeting to a 31-year low against the dollar, making it tougher for US business to sell to the UK. Many business leaders are convinced that sterling will rally as markets grow in confidence, and leading Californian wineries say they are as determined as ever to ramp up sales on this side of the pond.

Changing trends: What makes a Chardonnay cool?
In wine, as in clothing or music, what was popular yesterday can be cringe worthy today. You may remember Blue Nun and Mateus assuming you’re old enough to have survived the era of leisure suits and Jell-O tuna fish moulds (with which the wines were sometimes paired). But these days I’m thinking of a certain style of Chardonnay.

Margaret River’s Jo Perry wins young gun award
Jo Perry was named this year’s Riedel Young Gun of Wine at an event held at the POW Kitchen & Bandroom in Melbourne on Friday. Perry, who makes wine under her own brand Dormilona in Margaret River, took out the award after a year-long search for the top 12 finest and most innovative young winemakers in Australia. Mark Baulderstone of Riedel Australia said Jo Perry was a “terrific winner”.

Margaret River’s Josephine Perry named 2016’s Young Gun of Wine
Margaret River winemaker Josephine Perry, 37, has been named this year’s Young Gun of Wine. The accolade is richly deserved; for the past couple of vintages I’ve been extremely impressed with the wines Perry has produced under her Dormilona and Clayface brands. Despite the use of a la mode lo-fi techniques (extended skin-contact of whites, fermentation in amphora and so on) and belying their Day of the Dead-style labels, the wines are fabulously approachable, crowd-pleasing examples of grape and place.

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