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News posted on Friday, 7 July 2017

Tohu Sauv praised by Decanter
Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 rated as ‘outstanding’ by prestigious wine magazine, Decanter

Using magpies to deter grape-eating birds
Magpies are being lured in to help ward off smaller birds that feast on grapes. Fruit-eating birds like starlings, rosellas and thrushes cause substantial damage to Australian vineyards, in some cases munching through 80 per cent of the fruit. Reducing their presence is easy and all you need is a couple of wooden posts. Source, New Scientist.

Bayer Marlborough & Nelson Young Vit 2017
Congratulations to Anthony Walsh from Constellation who became the Bayer Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 on Thursday 6 July. Congratulations also goes to Laurie Stradling from Kaimira Estate, Nelson. He also competed and needed to achieve the very high standard required to go through to represent Nelson in the National Final. Source, Winetitles.

Vinehealth pilots new biosecurity tool
A Vinehealth Australia pilot project, which saw virtual fences built around vineyards in the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions to track boundary crossings, has demonstrated the power of geofencing as a biosecurity tool. The project is the first known of its kind. Source, Winetitles.

Dave Brookes on wine fraud in China
On a recent trip to Shanghai, Dave Brookes discovered not all was as it seemed when he glanced at three bottles of Penfolds Bin 389. Source, The Adelaide Review.

A shift in the Chinese wine market
The Chinese wine market is “dynamic” and “always changing” as consumers learn to drink wine for enjoyment, rather than status or health. As part of the shift, they have moved away from “old world” European wines toward lighter Australian wines with low acidity and minimal tannin. Source, The Weekly Times.

An organic empire at Blampied
"Tucked in a corner of Captains Creek Organic Wines’ cellar door and restaurant, there’s an aerial photo of the May family’s 80-hectare farm. “This is fair dinkum paddock-to-plate,” owner Carolyn May says." Source, The Weekly Times.

Michelin guide buys 40% of Wine Advocate
It was announced Wednesday that Michelin, publisher of that 100-year-old guidebook, would buy a 40% interest in the Wine Advocate. One immediate target: more wine "events" (dinners, tastings) in Hong Kong and Singapore. Source, Forbes.

Amazon to produce wine
Amazon’s continuing quest to make and sell everything in the world has led to it branching out into a new area: overseeing the production of a new range of wines. Source, The Guardian.

Constellation Paid $60 Million for Schrader
Wine Spectator has learned that Constellation Brands paid approximately $60 million when it purchased Napa Valley brand Schrader Cellars. Schrader is one of Napa's premier Cabernet labels, selling for $200 a bottle. Source, Wine Spectator.

Can wine labels be used more effectively?
Marketing, advertising and research specialist Jonathan Cahill believes wine labels are missing a trick due to the “seeming reluctance to focus on the specific”. Source, The Drinks Business.

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