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News posted on Wednesday, 24 May 2017

First look: 100 Best Australian Wines Report
Matthew Jukes gives Winetitles the exclusive first look at statistics from his 100 Best Australian Wines report for 2017/18. These include a list of 12 wineries making their debut in the report, the top 40 wineries from the top 100, and Jukes' pick for the Winery of the Year. Are you on the list? Source, Winetitles.

Saint Clair wins at UK Somm Wine Awards
Saint Clair Family Estate has been awarded the highly acclaimed New World Producer of the Year at the UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017. Of the seven wines that Saint Clair entered, as well as the trophy wins, they received 5 gold, and 2 silver medals. Source, Winetitles.

Vic government confirms Cellar Door Rebate
Wine Victoria has welcomed confirmation from the Victorian Government that the Victorian Liquor Subsidy (VLS – also known as the Cellar Door rebate) will remain intact and unchanged. Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan said Victoria was now the only state with this level of industry support. Source, Food & Beverage.

Dan Murphy's launches wine review show
Crocmedia has announced it has developed a half-hour radio program for alcohol retailer Dan Murphy’s. The Drinks Review can be heard on Fridays at 7pm on Macquarie Media’s new radio network, Talking Lifestyle, and will run for 10 weeks. The series is also available as a podcast. Source, B&T.

Small Forest winemaker judges IWC
Atsuko Radcliffe has been making wine in the Upper Hunter since 2013. And, her wine label – Small Forest, derived from her maiden name Kobayashi – has been receiving international recognition. The winemaker is recently returned from the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London, where she has been judging.Source, Muswellbrook Chronicle.

Results of a hot Hunter vintage
A searing February heatwave put this year’s Hunter harvest on a knife edge. The temperature at Cessnock Airport reached 44.0 degrees on February 10, 46.8 degrees on February 11 and 45.9 degrees on February 12. But 2017 wines look set to match those of 2014 – considered one of the region’s best-ever vintages. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Marlborough contractors encouraged to invest
Marlborough vineyard contractors encouraged to invest in purpose-built accommodation for workers. The Government is working with vineyard contractors in Marlborough to get their workers out of rentals and into purpose-built accommodation. Immigration New Zealand, which oversees the Recognised Seasonal Employment scheme, has been tight-lipped about the discussions, but contractors have confirmed talks are underway. Source, Marlborough Express.

Angry French winemakers block Spanish border
The French are known for making their opinions known. This time, it’s French winemakers who are angrily protesting — against Spanish wine, no less. On Tuesday morning, nearly 200 French winemakers gathered at the Perthus toll in Boulou, on the border of Spain, to temporary block the route of their competition, La Revue du Vin de France reports. Source, Vinepair.

Els Wines co-owner buys Stellenzicht
The co-owner of Ernie Els Wines is expanding his Stellenbosch presence, buying the neighboring Stellenzicht winery. Baron Hans von Staff-Reitzenstein, who has been majority shareholder in Ernie Els wines since 2015, has purchased the farm and winery from Lusan Holdings. Source, Wine Spectator.

New gen wines from South Africa
Do you think South Africa is a country that is good at making bulk wines, but that when it comes to quality and personality falls short? Then it's time to wake up. Now! You are missing a lot of exciting and very original wines. Source, Forbes.

Sam Caporn MW launches wine infographic
Master of Wine and Bollinger Medal winner Sam Caporn has relaunched her website to showcase her new infographic, The Wine Flavour Tree. The Tree is a new aid to help consumers identify flavour profiles found in wine. Source, The Drinks Business.

Off-season biosecurity tips
Tip#1: Purchase high quality planting material of known origin and health status from a reputable grapevine nursery or vine improvement society. www.vinehealth.com.au #Vinehealth

Vic government confirms Cellar Door Rebate
Wine Victoria has welcomed confirmation from the Victorian Government that the Victorian Liquor Subsidy (VLS – also known as the Cellar Door rebate) will remain intact and unchanged. Wine Victoria Chair, Damien Sheehan said Victoria was now the only state with this level of industry support. Source, Food & Beverage.

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