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News posted on Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Australian Sauvignon Blanc is back following years of New Zealand ‘Sauvalanche’
The powerhouse that is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is facing some stiff competition from across the Tasman, with new figures indicating Aussie Sauvignon Blanc has become a driving force of its own in the Australian liquor market. According to recent IRi MarketEdge Liquor figures, Australian Sauvignon Blanc is in value growth of 18 per cent versus New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc which has seen a decline of two per cent in value over the past two years.

Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers: road to discovery
Tasmania’s newest cellar door isn’t located in one of the island’s bucolic wine regions, perched on a forest-fringed hillside or in a rolling valley. No; Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers have set up shop in an old ice works on Brooker Avenue, the busy main road that runs into the centre of Hobart from the north.

Sheep, weeds and healthy wine
Whitey reports that the first bold shoots of vintage 2017 are emerging. After that perfectly wet winter, there is peace in the valley. Budburst has commenced in McLaren Vale, as in other regions, before some farmers have finished their pruning. Bits of the steeper ground have been a bit too dangerous in the bountiful rains, and some of the creek flats stay really muddy after the streams fill and flood.

Wolf Blass looking back on 40 years of Black Label
Wolf Blass has celebrated 40 years of its top-level Black Label wine with a one-off tasting of standout vintages from each of the last four decades. In a year that also marks the 50th anniversary of Wolf Blass producing his first wine since emigrating to Australia from Germany, chief winemaker Chris Hatcher used the back-vintage tasting to explain something of the stylistic evolution of Black Label since its first vintage in 1973.

Vineyard workers attack man at RSE accommodation in Marlborough
Four vineyard workers who attacked a flatmate have avoided a conviction so they can continue to work in New Zealand and provide for their families. The Ni-Vanuatu men, aged between 30 and 46, were in the country on a Recognised Seasonal Employer visa so they could work in Marlborough's vineyards. They were living in RSE worker accommodation in Blenheim when a fight broke out with another worker on July 23.

Wine industry converge in Marlborough
Around 500 grape growers, winemakers, and industry leaders will meet in Marlborough this week to learn, discuss and network at the wine industry’s annual Romeo Bragato Conference. Philip Gregan, New Zealand Winegrowers chief executive officer, said in the past year the industry has seen continued strong demand in our key export markets. “This year Bragato is all about working to protect the reputation for quality we’ve attained, and gaining a clear understanding of key market and production trends.”

Post-Olympic impact on Brazil's wine industry
What is the hippest wine destination you’ve never heard of? That was a question I asked in a popular post from earlier this year. I supported my answer — the lush, mountainous Serra Gaúcha region of southern Brazil — with eight reasons why from creative winery tourism to lower alcohol wines to a strong cultural heritage of wine.

In the cellars of Burgundy's Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg
The wines of Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg in the Burgundy village of Vosne-Romanee are exceptional and, in the last several years, their fame has begun to catch up to the quality of their wines. As the Mugneret-Gibourg name has become more widely known in America, retail price increases for their wines have outpaced those of other Burgundy wines. These prices increases do not, in my opinion, correlate to any qualitative changes in the Domaine: their approach and the wines have remained consistent since the 1990s.

2016 looks fruitful for California wineries after a hard year
California’s 2016 wine grape harvest is under way, and after a freakishly early and low-yielding 2015 vintage, things seem to be back to normal — sort of. The bump in yields promises some financial relief for the wine industry, which can, with luck, pass that on to consumers. And while many wines from the 2015 vintage appear on a promising track, outcomes across California were variable; an excessively early harvest can often translate to fruit with less flavor complexity.

China Buys a 22% more Wine in the first half of 2016
As in 2015, China's Imports of Wine increased significantly during the first half of 2016, especially in both volume and value. Japan, for its part, slightly reduced their Imports. Are the two main conclusions from the two recent reports of the OeMv on the Wine Market in the Two Asian Giants. Wine Packaging marked the Global Rise and accounts for 94% of China's Investment in wine growing, with Spain over its competitors. China spent almost 50% more Wine Packaging in English during the first semester.

Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition 2016 reports positive outcome
The Australian Wine Industry Trade Exhibition (AWITE), returned to Adelaide last month and proved successful in gathering the wine industry together to discuss important issues. Gary Fitz-Roy, Fair Events managing director, said the general feel from exhibitors and visitors was positive and the event exceeded expectations. “We’re happy to report attendance was up 18 per cent compared to the previous event in Sydney in 2013, which supports the decision to return to Adelaide,” Fitz-Roy said.

Forbes NSW Small Winemakers Show underway
Judging at the 25th NSW Small Winemakers Show is in full swing at the Forbes Youth and Community Centre. Eleven judges will taste some 560 wines in the next couple of days – from light, fruity whites to heavy reds, fortified and sticky wines. Wine show committee member Andrew Kerr said the show has once again attracted good entries from right across the state – border to border and from coast to outback.

AB Mauri



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