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News posted on Monday, 28 November 2016

New wine label showcases wine research and teaching
The University of Adelaide will launch a new wine label to showcase its research and teaching excellence in wine-making and viticulture. While not a commercial enterprise, the University makes over 400 different wines from sparkling whites through to fortified wines and liqueurs for research and teaching purposes, many of them of high quality. “The Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus was built in 1996 and has been the hub of the University’s proud history of teaching, research and collaborative activity in wine science ever since,” says Dean of Waite campus, Professor Mike Keller.

Chalkers Crossing top award haul with Len Evans Memorial trophy
Chalkers Crossing is pleased to announce their 2014 Chalkers Crossing CC2 Hilltops Shiraz has won 4 trophies at the National wine show of Australia. The award winning wine took home the most prestigious trophy of the show, the Len Evans Memorial trophy for Champion wine of the show. This wine has received 13 trophies so far in 12 months, including 5 trophies at the prestigious 2016 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine show. It also collected the Shiraz Trophy, the Single vineyard Dry red trophy and the Dry red table wine at the National Wine Show.

Working with Wine Fellowship winners
Two of Australia’s future wine leaders were awarded the prestigious Negociants Australia 2016 Working with Wine Fellowship at last week’s black tie dinner at Yalumba. Philip Shorten from Armadale Cellars in Victoria and Cynthia Gemus from Negociants Australia in Adelaide were named the winners of the Working with Wine Fellowship 2016. Established in 1998 this biennial program was created to encourage education and enable the future gatekeepers of the Australian wine industry. Open to wine trade and employees of distributors Negociants Australia and Samuel Smith and Son, the fellowship has educated over 2000 Australian wine industry professionals.

Riverland winery a champion for women in wine industry
After swapping a career in pharmacy for a career in wine, Jenny Semmler is now one of the rising stars in an industry still dominated by men. The owner of boutique Riverland winery 919 Wines won the 2016 Australian Women in Wine awards in the category of best owner/operator. It was the moment that validated her change in careers. "I started off in drugs — I was a pharmacist — and made the change to booze," Ms Semmler said with a laugh. She returned to university to study wine, become one of the first female quality managers at Australia's largest winery, then opened her own winery.

Correction and apology
In Friday’s edition of Daily Wine News (November 25) we covered the news Saltram’s Shavaughn Wells had won the Winestate Magazine ‘winemaker of the year’ award. Unfortunately, we incorrectly reported that Wells was the first female to claim the magazine’s annual award. On Friday evening Fiona Donald, Seppeltsfield senior winemaker, contacted us to highlight our error. Donald was Winestate’s ‘winemaker of the year’ back in 2001, representing Edwards and Chaffey. The editorial team responsible for Daily Wine News would like to apologise for distributing the incorrect information. We congratulate Wells and commend Donald for the gracious way she called out our mistake.

Ministers visit Marlborough for wine talks
Marlborough had a very ministerial day on Thursday, with three senior cabinet ministers flying in to the region. Economic development minister Steven Joyce, communications minister Amy Adams and primary industries minister Nathan Guy were all in Marlborough. Joyce and Guy attended a meeting with wine industry representatives at WineWorks, in the Riverlands Industrial Estate, where they were briefed about the impact of the earthquake. Some wineries and vineyards sustained damage as a result of the earthquake, which industry experts say was worse than the previous large shock centred in Seddon three years ago.

Longview Estate goes from $30 to $598 a bottle
Longview Estate's White Diamond, which at the start of 2016 was retailing locally for about $30 a bottle, is now being sold for a whopping $598. The vineyard just south of Whangarei was taken over by a group of Chinese and New Zealand investors in March and the super-sweet variety is being lapped up by the Chinese, clearly prepared to pay top dollar. The boutique wine had a cult-like following locally, and when news it would soon disappear from Northland shelves broke in July, hundreds of Advocate readers expressed their disappointment online.

World’s wineries arrive in Seoul with new flavours
The growing Korean market is an exciting place for winemakers. Many wine aficionados are busy in November, as that’s when most wineries make their visits to Korea. After wrapping up the busy harvest season which takes place from early September to late October, winery owners or marketing managers usually make their way to their major markets to talk about the weather conditions at their vineyards over the past months and their expectations of the wine made with the season’s new harvest.

Wine critics' language turns obscure terms into reality
Indole, an intriguing compound which can be both attractive or repugnant depending on its intensity, is found in the florals of jasmine, but also in the faeces of humans and pigs. It's been more attractively described as "dank flowers in a vase". These descriptors are employed on the Australian Wine Research Institute's advanced wine assessment course. Most people attending are winemakers honing their show judging skills, but there are also marketers, educators and researchers from the halls of wine academe, and sometimes sommeliers. This year, they came from countries including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Spain and Canada.

'Extreme' Japanese winemaker is a natural
Hirotake Ooka does not do anything by half. For nearly two decades the former Japanese chemist has been on a quest to make the very best and most natural French wine possible. But he hasn’t made it easy for himself. His modest vineyards on a hill near Cornas, where the mountains of the Ardeche drop into the Rhone valley, is not so much steep as vertiginous. Which means not only that his grapes must be picked by hand but that he and his pickers are often forced to perform the backbreaking task on their knees, grape by grape.

Out of Africa – the Next Big Wine Market?
Could the world's poorest continent be the savior of the world's wine producers? Fifty years ago, fine wine was generally the preserve of the Western man. Caucasian, male and wealthy – those were the boxes that needed to be ticked if you were looking to shift any serious volumes of Lafite or Krug. But times change. The emergence of the BRIC economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – has completely transformed the global wine industry, with a growing number of brands investing considerable sums into unlocking the potential of the world's emerging nations.

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