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News posted on Tuesday, 19 July 2016

AWRI researchers win award for work on anthocyanins and human health
The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) recently received a Tanner Award for the most-cited paper published in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety in 2013. The paper, entitled ‘The case for anthocyanin consumption to promote human health: a review’, was published with scientists from the Edmund Mach Foundation in Trento in Italy.

Merlot deserves more attention in Australia
Merlot may not be venerated in Australia and it’s been “abused” in the US, but the grape “deserves more attention”, according to winemaker Chris Carpenter. Carpenter, who works for Jackson Family Wines, and heads up the winemaking for the company’s Lokoya, Cardinale, La Jota and Mt Brave wineries in Napa, as well as Hickinbotham in McLaren Vale, told the drinks business earlier this month that he’s on a mission to raise the quality profile of Merlot, even though the majority of his wines are Cabernet-based.

Bursary boost for Ridgemill Estate winemaker
AWARDS are nothing new to Ridgemill Estate. But that didn’t take the gloss off Peter McGlashan’s grin when he claimed the prestigious Queensland Winemaker Bursary earlier this month. The prize includes entry into an Advanced Wine Assessment Course at the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide. “It’s a pretty amazing prize,” Mr McGlashan said.

Historic winery Auldstone Cellars for sale through Ruralco
A HISTORIC 125-year-old brick and stone building is the centrepiece of a ready-to-roll winery business for sale at Taminick in North East Victoria. Auldstone Cellars dates back to the 1880s with the cellar built in 1891, which has been extensively restored and includes a dining and tasting room and fully functioning winemaking equipment.

NSW wines to shine at International Convention Centre Sydney
Had sommelier William Wilson been creating a wine list for Sydney's new International Convention Centre just 10 years ago, he says he would not have been able to rely on wines produced in this state. But this week a panel led by Mr Wilson is blind tasting more than 800 wines over four days, which it will narrow down to around 70 different products – 80 per cent of which will have been produced in NSW.

Yealands extends large vineyard to neighbouring farm block
One of Marlborough's last remaining conventional sheep and beef farms in the lower Awatere Valley has been sold to Yealands Wine Estate for vineyard development. Straits View Farm, a 266 hectare property owned by Ken and Shirley Marfell in the valley, was bought by the wine producers for $4.35 million. The land is on the boundary of the 1000 hectare Yealands Estate, near Seddon, and will be developed into a vineyard.

Waimea Estates celebrates six international medals
Waimea Estates winery are another Nelson winery to win medals at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. Waimea Estates left the competition with six medals overall, two gold and four silver. The winery's Waimea Albariño 2015 and Spinyback Pinot Gris 2015 won a gold medal each. The Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Waimea Chardonnay 2014, Waimea Classic Riesling 2015 and Waimea Pinot Noir 2015 were all awarded Silver Medals.

State of California Vineyards
San Rafael, Calif.—After the announcement last week that veraison is happening in some Napa Valley vineyards, Wines & Vines asked sources in other areas how their grapes are faring so far this summer. Veraison has also begun in the vast Paso Robles region. At Halter Ranch in the Adelaida District, vineyard manager Lucas Pope reported that it is just starting, with colour on about 10% of the ranch, putting it on par with 2015, or about 3 weeks earlier than average.

Montes: Malbec is for ‘lazy’ winemakers
Aurelio Montes Jr. has spoken out about Argentina’s flagship variety, admitting that the ease at which Malbec grows makes it a grape for “lazy winemakers”. Speaking during a comparative tastings of the wines he makes at Kaiken and those made by his father, Aurelio Montes Sr, in Chile, Montes Jr. said: “Malbec is for lazy winemakers as wherever you plant it, it’s good. Malbec can be good, very good or exceptional depending on where in the country you grow it.

Why Do Generations Matter?
Visit just about any winery in Lodi, California and you will hear the tag line, ‘4thgeneration grower’ or maybe, ‘5th generation grower.’ There are a lot of family farms in Lodi that have been growing crops since the 19th century and are now making wines. A visit to these wineries is not just about tasting the wines. It’s about meeting the families.

Chinese wine tipped for more prominent role on UK shelves
Uncertainty over exchange rates and trading relationships with Europe could open the door for China to seize a far greater share of the UK wine market, according to arguably the country’s leading buyer. Andrew Shaw, who is now in charge of buying wine for the Conviviality group – including Bargain Booze, Wine Rack, Bibendum PLB and Matthew Clark, among others – said he “firmly believes in the quality of Chinese wine”.

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