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News posted on Monday, 7 December 2015

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SINCE ITS INCEPTION in 1959, Exfoliators has been a 100% Australian-family owned and operated business. Exfoliators is proud to be a leading manufacturer and supplier of premium perlites and vermiculites as well as passive fire protection material to the horticulture, protected cropping, construction, industrial and other specialised industries. The company is known to wine grape nurseries because its premium vermiculite is by far the most widely used media in the vine propagation in Australia.

YEAST STRAINS – VitiFerm BIO
VitiFerm yeasts are the first active dry yeast strains in the world that combine the flavour diversity of Non-Saccharomyces yeast with the fermentation security of Saccharomyces yeasts. They give a broad flavour spectrum, emphasising the varietal and terroir character in all wines. VitiFerm BIO Alba Fria is recommended for all fresh and fruity white wines. VitiFerm BIO Pinot Alba is recommended for all barrel fermented white wines

Mislabelled wine costs exporter its licence
An exporter of Australian wine labelled as Pinot Grigio that was in fact three other grape varieties, has been stripped of its export licence by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Dal Broi Wines (DBW), parent company of Griffith-based Southern Estate Wines, failed to win a stay application against the licence cancellation, which the company said had already cost it a contract with US drinks giant Constellation Brands. Dal Broi had exported two parcels of wine, one to Canada in mid to late March 2015 and one to the USA in October 2014, which it described as 2014 Pinot Grigio.

Winestein Uncorked: is Wilson's Pool Vineyard WA's most important?
There's an inconspicuous family vineyard among the quiet but renowned Great Southern wine region that might just be Australia's most prodigious. Why? Well, home to more than 80 hectares of mainly cabernet and shiraz grapes, Wilson's Pool Vineyard provides fruit for some of WA's major wine players, who have enjoyed unprecedented success at wine shows around Australia in 2015, helping to cement the west as the pre-eminent producer of the country's best wines (often a fraction of the price of their hyped rivals interstate).

Claymore Wines signs Liverpool FC deal
Claymore Wines has signed a three-season deal with English soccer giants Liverpool FC. The deal will see Claymore and Liverpool launch a brand new wine club product, which will be available in time for Christmas. Both parties will also work together on the upcoming Liverpool FC Legends game in January 2016. Anura Nitchingham, the founder of Claymore Wines, said: "Claymore’s relationship with Liverpool FC runs deep – having spent many years in Liverpool I’m proud to say I’m a fan.”

Sydney family buys Tasmania’s Barringwood Vineyard
WHILE some of us watch television, play sport or learn a new language to escape our busy city lives, Vanessa and Neville Bagot had much bigger ideas. The Artarmon couple, who both work in corporate careers, bought a $1.49 million vineyard in Tasmania three years ago – despite knowing next to nothing about winemaking. “We knew a lot about drinking it and what we liked but we didn’t know a great deal,” Mrs Bagot, 45, said. “It was really about wanting to create and grow something from scratch.”

Marlborough vineyard contractor fined for labour law breaches
A Blenheim vineyard contractor has been fined for failing to provide employment records for workers at a Marlborough winery. The Employment Relations Authority has ordered KRSVP Ltd, which was operating under the name S & LJ Prasad Ltd at the time, to pay more than $7500 for failing to produce wage and time records for workers at Cable Bay Wine. Labour Inspectorate regional manager Kevin Finnegan said failure to comply with minimum employment standards would not be tolerated.

Waving Goodbye to Our Wine Heritage
Long-time wine commentator Peter Saunders looks back in sadness as two historic wineries close their doors forever. The news that Treasury Wine Estates would stop operations at both the Great Western winery in Victoria, Australia and the Matua Auckland winery in New Zealand following the 2016 vintage gave some of us who appreciate history pause for thought.

Botrytis ‘noble rot’ fungus reprograms wine grape metabolism
For hundreds of years, the fungus Botrytis cinerea has been key to making the world’s finest dessert wines. Now UC Davis researchers working with Dolce Winery in the Napa Valley show how the fungus changes plant metabolism to produce new flavours and aromas in white-skinned grapes. Under moderately moist conditions, the fungus produces the benign “noble rot,” ideal for making particular high-value dessert wines, known as “botrytized wines” or Sauternes.

Exploring grower-producer Champagne
Grower-Producer, Récoltant-Manipulant, Farmer Fizz call it what you want; they all translate to a wine made by families who maintain and own their own vineyards in Champagne. It might not sound like that big of a deal, but when you think of large corporations buying up the majority of grapes grown by farmers, you’ll begin to see the Grower-Producer as the voice of the forgotten. These boutique wines truly represent the villages where they are created.

Online retailer says Meiomi Pinot Noir was best-selling wine of 2015
One of the largest online wine retailers in the U.S. has released a list of its bestselling wines, with a California Pinot Noir emerging the most popular bottle of 2015. After looking at the first 11 months of sales in 2015, Wine.com found the Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir was the consumer favorite this year. It was also one of the fastest growing brands in the wine world. While consumers on Wine.com give it 4.5 out of five stars, experts at Wine Spectator gave it a score of 92.

Andrew Peller Limited named Canadian wine producer of the year
Andrew Peller Limited announced today that it has been awarded "Canadian Wine Producer of the Year" by the International Wine and Spirit Competition ("IWSC") at its 2015 Annual Awards Banquet held at the Guildhall in London, England on November 26, 2015. Established in 1969, the IWSC was the first competition to seek out the best wines, sprits and liqueurs from around the globe.

Aldi dominates award show with cheap wines
A $5 BOTTLE of rose from cut-price supermarket chain Aldi has been among the stars of the Sydney International Wine Competition, out-performing drops worth ten times as much. The Aldi 2015 South Point rose was among six winners in the rose section, and was also awarded a coveted Blue Gold medal, the equivalent of silver. Aldi also scored goals with its $12.99 Tudor shiraz, which took out the trophy for Best Lighter Bodied Dry Red, and a Blackstone Paddock “The Player” Barossa shiraz for $14.99.

Claymore Wines signs Liverpool FC deal
Claymore Wines has signed a three-season deal with English soccer giants Liverpool FC. The deal will see Claymore and Liverpool launch a brand new wine club product, which will be available in time for Christmas. Both parties will also work together on the upcoming Liverpool FC Legends game in January 2016. Anura Nitchingham, the founder of Claymore Wines, said: "Claymore’s relationship with Liverpool FC runs deep – having spent many years in Liverpool I’m proud to say I’m a fan.”

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