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News posted on Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Wine fermented with Brettanomyces
Bridge Road Brewery in Beechworth just released a Chardonnay fermented with 100% Brettanomyces. (Specifically, Brettanomyces claussenii, a strain with none of the nasty off-flavours.) The product is simply called “Wine”. Source, Broadsheet.

Old Tassie Pinot makes its way home
Wine Tasmania CEO Sheralee Davies was given the 1978 bottle of Tasmanian Pinot Noir by a Sydney woman during a trip to the mainland. The bottle is from a winery considered the oldest winery of the modern era of the Tasmanian wine industry, and situated at Lalla in the north east. Source, The ABC.

Chrome wine bottle debuts
Vintage car fanatics who also happen to be wine lovers, take note: A California winery has launched what they're calling the world's first chromed-glass wine bottle in homage to the classic American automobile. Source, News18.

The worlds most expensive Merlots
Repeatedly knocked back by circumstance, criticism and changing fashions, Merlot nevertheless remains one of the world's most popular grape varieties, despite what feels like an almost concerted effort to do it down. Maybe it's time that we all rethought how we look at Italian wines, and also how we look at Merlot. Source, Wine Searcher.

Irish wine sales booming again
Irish wine sales are booming again with a record-equalling 9 million cases sold last year, according to a report from the Irish Wine Association (IWA). The pick-up in sales was linked to increased levels of disposable income, shifting consumer preferences and the emergence of more competitively priced wines, particularly in the €8 to €9 category. Source, Irish Times.

Armit wines acquired by Invivo Group
UK fine wine merchant Armit has been acquired by the French agricultural cooperative InVivo Group. The merchant was scooped up as part of InVivo’s wholesale buyout of Armit’s owner, the Dutch-based Baarsma Wine Group, in early July. Source, The Drinks Business.

Chinese import change blamed for wine company demise
A wine-making descendant of one of Hawke's Bay's wine pioneers has been made bankrupt and will soon have his liquidated company removed from the Companies Register. According to a liquidator's report Robbie Bird put his company's demise down to a change in policy by Chinese president Xi Jinping. Source, Stuff

A 31 year old Semillon
Hunter wineries have been banging on for years about the wonderful ageing potential of their flagship white wine, Semillon. Now, one winery – the historic Mount Pleasant at Pokolbin – has taken the unprecedented step of re-releasing a Semillon that has been lying in their cellar for the past 26 years. Source, The Maitland Mercury.

Deloitte and ANZ announce wine survey collaboration
Deloitte and ANZ Bank have announced a new collaboration on the 2017 wine industry benchmarking survey. The survey is designed to assist NZ wine businesses to make more informed decisions about their relative financial strengths and weaknesses compared with others in the industry, and is open for a period of around four weeks. Source, Stuff

Clare Valley Winemakers gain naming right
The Clare Valley Winemakers Inc has attracted a naming rights sponsor for this year’s Clare Valley Wine Show. Fine wine retailer Langton’s is supporting the annual showcase of Clare Valley wines, with the event – the 23rd held - to be known as the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show. Source, Winetitles.

591 Aus entries at Decanter Asia awards
Judging has commenced for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards, with a record number of entries for Australia at 591. This makes us the second most present country at the awards after Italy, with 719 entries and miles ahead of France who has 391. Source, Decanter.

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