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News posted on Friday, 16 September 2016

Penfolds wins top chardonnay award
Penfolds has won this year’s James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge for its 2015 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay, taking out Best Chardonnay in Australia as well as Best Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills. With an overall score of 98 points from the panel of judges, the Penfolds wine was deemed the most complete and balanced of the 600-plus entries.

New home of St Hugo in the Barossa takes wine tourism to the next level
Before me are nine hand-labelled samples of cabernet sauvignon picked in March 2015 from two parcels of land at one Coonawarra vineyard, fermented two ways and then collected four ways (or is that five?) in five kinds of barrels of two sizes.

Bazzani looks beyond Warrenmang
After 40 years devoted to creating and developing his award-winning vineyard and tourism complex, the time has come for Luigi Bazzani to retire.

Wines made from grapes harvested in a tiny vineyard within a city botanic garden have been launched in South Australia.
Produced with the support of Jacob’s Creek winemakers, the limited edition wines are believed to be the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden. The 1150 bottles of wine in two styles – a rose (500) and a dry white (650) – are the result of a partnership between National Wine Centre, Botanic Gardens of South Australia and Jacob’s Creek.

2016 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards starts next week
The benchmark that is the Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards kicks off on 20th September 2016 when the judging of over 800 amazing wines from NSW (yet another record number in the show’s 21 year history) starts in the Hunter Valley.

Giesen Wines rated a hot prospect by prestigious US agency
Growth and momentum continue for family-owned New Zealand leader. Family owned company Giesen Wines is the only New Zealand company to be named on a prestigious list of the fastest growing wine and spirits brands in the US.

New Zealand’s Hawke’s Bay set for shake-up
Hawke’s Bay – the historical homeland of New Zealand’s red Bordeaux varieties – could be due for a shake-up, with high-cropping Merlot vineyards replanted with Syrah according to Craggy Bay winemaker Matt Stafford.

Are Wine Ratings Good for Wine Investment?
“We know how to make wines that will get higher Parker ratings, but we want to stay faithful to the terroir.” Marie-Hélene Dussech, Commercial Director, Château Brane-Cantenac.

Global Syrah masters: the results
It’s far from the most modish grape on the planet, but the Syrahs our judges tasted blind impressed more than their trendier rivals, says Patrick Schmitt

Vine and dandy: Dengie seeks wine region grant to help it rival France and Australia
MALDON and the Dengie’s vineyards could be set to rival those in France and South Africa under plans to establish the district as an internationally-renowned wine region.

Despite fraud charges, Charles Banks still in wine business
The arrest last week of prominent winery investor Charles Banks on fraud charges has called into question the fate of his California wine empire. A federal grand jury indicted Banks in Texas Friday for allegedly defrauding former pro basketball player Tim Duncan, whom he had long served as a financial adviser.

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