Barossa, Singapore, Busselton, Adelaide and USA

Drinks Business, 28 April, Natalie Wang

A six-litre imperial of Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz 2011 led The Barossa Wine Chapters Auction to a record sale of AU$62,910, it has been announced. Full article

TR Business, 28 April, Charlotte Turner

Accolade to showcase new Aussie wines in Singapore

Accolade Wines will be introducing an enhanced portfolio to visitors at the upcoming TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition (Basement 2, J5) following the acquisition of six wine brands from Australia: Petaluma, Croser, St Hallett, Knappstein, Stonier and Tatachilla. Full article

Busselton-Dunsborough Times, 28 April, Chloe Fraser

First Margaret River wine store opens in China

South West wine made its mark in China earlier this month, with the first Margaret River Wines retail and wholesale outlet opening in Guandong province.

Representatives from the 14 participating Margaret River wineries joined the owners of the Zhongshan outlet to celebrate its grand opening. Full article

The Australian, 29 April, James Halliday

Article on the Redman family of Coonawarra, reviews for

From a single block of 80yo vines planted in the 1930s. Wild yeast open fermented, 13 days on skins, 18 months in French oak (66% new). Has old vine structure and depth of blackberry/black cherry/plum fruit to last for decades, underwritten by fine tannins. 14% alc; screwcap
95 points; drink to 2039; $30

A pure, slightly austere cabernet, with one foot in the past, one in the future. The present is reflected by the low-yield consequence of poor flowering. The result: an intense wine made from small berries and elevated tannins which, if nothing else, mean a long life. 13.4% alc; cork
94 points; drink to 2034; $33

From an exceptionally good vintage. Matured for 12 months in American and French hogsheads. Bright colour, then a bouquet filled with black cherry/blackberry fruit, oak also in the picture. A rich and long palate with great balance between the fruit, oak and tannins. Exceptional bargain via 14.1% alc; cork 95 points; drink to 2037; $19

In Daily, 26 April, Philip White

As forecast for many years, Australia’s obsession with exporting bargain basement plonk flounders big-time in one of our greatest export markets, writes Philip White… Full article

The Advertiser, 21 April, Tony Love

The Barossa Valley’s push to be seen as a multi-district region has resulted in most of the focus centred in the middle to north, along Seppeltsfield Rd, towards Nuriootpa, Greenock, out to Eden Valley.

The southern Barossa often seems to be bypassed, but the wineries around Lyndoch and up into the Rowland Flat parish where the Pernod Ricard/Jacob’s Creek/St Hugo set of brands are found carries a lot of weight beside the much smaller Jenke and Lou Miranda Estate are deserving of more attention… Full article

North Bay Business Journal, 19 April, Jeff Quackenbush

France, Australia are fine-wine cautionary tales for US vintners: expert

With all the talk of wine consumer “upscaling” and “premiumization,” it might be natural for U.S. vintners to look to the globally recognized center of luxury wine — France — but that could be a mistake, warns an expert in Old World and New World wine business.

Since the 1976 Judgment of Paris put Napa Valley on par with French wine quality, U.S. winemaking has moved progressively upscale, from Sonoma County, the Central Coast, Pacific Northwest and elsewhere. But the lesson of upscaling from France should be caution in forgetting entry-level consumers, according to Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Chair at Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute since 2015… Full article

Grape Expectations 29 April Max Crus (Simon Hughes)

At some point in the week these reviews and article will appear in The Daily Examiner (Grafton), Border Mail (Albury), Rotary Down Under (National) and Australian Petroleum Marketer News (National)

Reviews for

Alkoomi Frankland River Blackbutt (cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, merlot, 2010, $62. Aged, soft as the Sydney Swans and suitable for a smorgasbord of snags which was just what the neighbours turned on, a veritable sausage degustation, Texan, Turkish and Toowoomban. 9.2/10.

Alkoomi Frankland River ‘Jarrah’ Shiraz 2011, $45. Where do these guys keep this stuff, or more importantly, how? 2011 is six years old…maybe they lost it, bless them. 9/10.

Crittenden Estate Peninsula Pinot Gris 2016, $34. Gris and me don’t often agree, so when we do it’s worthy of celebration…what better to celebrate with? 8.9/10.

Crittenden Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2016, $34. This pinot is youthful, fresh, bright and delightful if you can overcome the guilt of drinking one so youthful, as you would baby carrots or baby peas. 9.1/10.

Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Riesling 2016, $20. This is so clean and simple it’s as pure as the driven snow…which admittedly is rare in the Barossa. 8.6/10.

Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $20. Imagine having to sign every bottle of JC for this range? Back in the 70s that’s how it happened. This wine is quite modern however. 8.9/10.

Woodbridge Town News (Connecticut), 27 April, Ray Spaziani

Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are what built the Australian wine industry. However, its Chardonnay and reislings are super! Some of my favorites include Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz. At 8 bucks it is a killer. Gumdale Cabernet Sauvignon is great and is a bargain at $13.00. Lindemin’s Bin 65 Limited Edition Chard is great and it is under $15.00. So get Mom some wine from Down Under this Mother’s Day and you will be glad you did!

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