Australian Wine News


How and where Australian wine sits in a global context. Analysis by Tony Keys.


Magic figures – Australian wine exports

There are figures and figures. Ten per cent is a magic figure. One could be simplistic and say 10 is better than any of the numbers that precede it. At TKR we believe it’s more likely that only those attuned to the hard edge of figures will say 11 per ...
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I am Scott Evers, the big I am, when it comes to wine authentication

I am the big I am, The big I am in this case is one Mr Scott Evers. According to Mr Evers, he is the big man in Australia when it comes to wine authentication. Mr Evers is right in being concerned about wine counterfeiting; many people are. Nor is ...
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Treasure found in McLaren Vale but vineyard silent

Treasure in the vale This piece of information, or similar, cropped up in various publications at the beginning of the month: “A 252-acre vineyard located in McLaren Vale’s ‘dress circle’ has sold for $10 million. The vineyard comprises three separate vineyards which were sold as a single transaction. The vineyard ...
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Tar & Roses brand did not die with Don Lewis

Smell the roses Following the death of Don Lewis, several TKR readers have asked if the Tar & Roses brand will continue. It’s complex but we think it will. Don’s winemaking partner was Narelle King. We asked her if the 2016 vintage was the last in which Don was involved, ...
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Academia disgrace Treasury Wine Estates gamble

Wine Australia wobbles Dr Liz Waters, general manager, RD&E, Wine Australia (WA), replies to TKR’s questions concerning the paper, ‘I like the sound of that!’ Wine descriptions influence consumers’ expectations, liking, emotions and willingness to pay for Australian white wines. By Lukas Danner, Trent E Johnson, Renata Ristic, Herbert L ...
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Nick Holms, Academic rubbish, feeding fish, great Riesling

Nick Holmes 1947- 2017. Taken too soon Obituary by Richard Warland Nick Holmes, founder of McLaren Vale winery Shottesbrooke, passed away after an accident at his Port Noarlunga home on June 1st. Nick was in my class at Roseworthy (70-71) and suffered a very unfortunate series of events that no ...
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Aldi low prices rocks Australian & UK markets

Aldi rock Aldi continues to rock the Australian grocery sector, the latest supermarket survey carried out by consumer magazine Choice based on a basket of 33 items shows Aldi in front. The report says 71 per cent of Australians are worried about the cost of food and other grocery pricing ...
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Australia meets and beats the global challenge

Meeting the challenge Australian wines have risen to the challenge at the International Wine Challenge in the UK. Below is the list of trophy winners. Congratulations to all from TKR, though some categories are stretching a point: how many wines were eligible for the Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon Trophy? That ...
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Then 2008 now 2017 comparison Australian wine exports

Then and now Total Australian wine exports to the end of March 2017 amounted to $2.3 billion, a 10 per cent increase on the previous 12 months. The average price (bottled and bulk) also grew, by 4 per cent, to $2.98 a litre: the fourth successive year of growth. The ...
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Chinese move on Australian vintage, craft beer move on wine

Chinese say yes to a slice of the pie The Chinese have taken a slice of the Australian wine pie. Online retailer YesMyWine – via the newly established Vintage China Fund (VCF) – has acquired 46 million shares in Australian Vintage (AV) for a reported $16.5 million. This puts about ...
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