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January (No. 492)


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Bulk wine review

Jim Moularadellis , Austwine

In this article, I would like to briefly examine three topics of current relevance to Australian wine producers:

  • older-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon
  • where are you in the queue of bulk wine sellers?
  • a paradigm shift in business supply models.
Older-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, where is it going to go? Older-vintage Cabernet Sauvignon bulk wine, most particularly from dryland cooler regions, which is currently sitting unsold in tanks, is probably of greatest concern to many Australian wine producers.

Generally speaking, there exists a big volume of such inventory with a very high cost base. For instance, for 2002 dryland Cabernet Sauvignon we have 78 parcels totalling 3.5 million litres listed for sale on our books. The average batch size is 61,500 litres, or just under 100 tonnes worth of grapes, with an average asking price of $2.57 per litre. In a few months this wine will be three years old.

NOTE: The complete article can be found in the January issue of The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker.

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