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News posted on Friday, 22 July 2016

Brexit uncertainty for wine sector: bank
The depreciation of the British pound (GDP) following the UK's decision to leave the European Union could hurt demand for imported wine, including from Australia. The UK is the world's largest market for imported wine by volume and is the largest importer of Australian wine. Agribusiness specialist lender Rabobank says sterling's dramatic devaluation following Britain's vote to leave the EU is of immediate concern because a lower pound means it's more expensive for the UK to buy wine from overseas.

Penfolds Puts the Corks Back in for Anniversary Tour
The Australian icon's chief winemaker talks about recorking and the quest for the perfect closure. Penfolds marks the 25th anniversary of its celebrated re-corking clinics with a world tour this autumn. The Treasury-owned South Australian winery has run the service since 1991. Owners of Penfolds wines more than 15 years old may bring them for assessment: tasting, topping up, re-corking, certifying and logging on a central database.

Craft + Estate appointed as US importer of Burch Family Wines
Craft + Estate, a member of The Winebow Group, has announced that it is the exclusive U.S. importer of Burch Family Wines and their range of award-winning wines. Burch Family Wines is a family-owned and operated company producing Howard Park, MadFish and Marchand & Burch wines from Western Australia's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and Great Southern.

Top drop of red for less than $15
A South Australian red wine that sells for less than $15 has trumped more than 600 wines from around the country to be judged Australia’s best value red. The Hesketh Midday Somewhere Shiraz 2015, which sells for about $13, will be available in Perth liquor stores from this morning. If the response to The West Australian’ s annual red wine lift-out in previous years is any guide, wine drinkers will need to get in early to get some.

Victorian winemaker creates world first red gum barrel matured Shiraz
BEECHWORTH’S boutique Star Lane Winery have carved themselves a place in history with their release of the world’s red gum barrel matured Shiraz. Liz Barnes, Star Lane winemaker, matured wine in barrels made from salvaged native Australian red gum hardwood for Star Lane’s new Elements Shiraz. “We always knew we wanted to try the red gum barrel but we also knew we needed to build a name for ourselves first that people could trust and respect,” Barnes said.

Do Austria’s wine label changes go far enough?
European wine law often amounts to an impenetrable tangle of red tape. Well done to Austria then, for pushing ahead with a simplification of sorts. With the ratification of new regulations in June, Austria continues apace. In Austria’s most easterly region the old appellations of Neusiedlersee, Neusiedlersee-Hügelland, Mittelburgenland and Südburgenland are now all subsumed into the single appellation Burgenland unless they are from one of Burgenland’s DACs (Disctrictus Austriae Controllatus).

A battle over vines and trees in Napa Valley?
Napa County residents packed a local court on July 15 for a rather arcane hearing on rules for qualifying voter initiatives for election ballots. Extra chairs were brought into the courtroom to accommodate the spectators, with dozens more people standing outside in the hallway, several wearing buttons that read “Save the Watershed.”

‘Nightmare’ grapes can make for dreamy wines
THE origin of ginger remains a mystery. Depending on whom you talk to, it originated in the lush tropical jungles of south China or India. One of the earliest written accounts of ginger is in a four thousand year-old Chinese book in which the underground root’s medicinal qualities are examined in detail.

Why Keller wine is one of the world's great dry Riesling producers
German winemaker Klaus-Peter Keller has an almost uncanny knack for consistently producing breathtakingly good dry rieslings, even when conditions are less than ideal. By way of recent example, the 2014 vintage in Germany was wet and generally challenging, and resulted in good rather than great wines across the board. But not from Keller. His were sublime.

New Zealand Winegrowers launches independent retail promotion for NZ Pinot Noir
New Zealand Winegrowers are offering independent UK retailers the chance to win one of two trips to Pinot Noir NZ 2017. The Pinot Noir NZ Celebration is a premium three-day wine event, held in Wellington, New Zealand, in January 2017. It brings together media, trade and enthusiasts from all corners of the globe, to be educated, stimulated and connected to what makes NZ Pinot Noir so special.

Plan to lure leading researchers to New Zealand
The 'Entrepreneurial Universities' initiatives will aim to bring 15 - 20 world-leading researchers to New Zealand, with our universities bidding for the opportunity to host them and their research teams. The $35 million investment is funded out of Budget 2016’s $761.4 million ‘Innovative New Zealand’ package and will involve 50/50 partnerships with individual universities. The research will focus on core areas of the New Zealand economy such as wine (and the wider horticulture domain), agritech and tourism.

Clare Valley grape growers and winemakers to join forces
The Clare Valley Winemakers Inc. and Clare Region Winegrape Growers Association are working towards an alignment of the two bodies, planning to unite as one and create a stronger voice for the region in the next 12 months. Planning for the amalgamation will commence as soon as possible.

Premium winemaking boosted by SA barrel cooling technology
Wineries from the Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale regions, including the Vale’s Yangarra Wines are benefitting from the Climate Wizard Supercool system that controls their barrel hall temperature and humidity. Wine evaporation from oak barrels, known as ‘Angels’ share’, accounts for 4% wine loss during ageing.

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