Foster’s Daily Democrat, 7 April, JoAnn Actis-Grande
Syrah (shiraz) is the most planted grape in Australia and that country is the largest producer of Shiraz. Originally, the grape was used for sweet dessert wines, but since the 1960s, Australia began producing excellent dry table wines from Shiraz, now the backbone of their wine industry. (full article here)
2013 Hardy’s William Hardy Barossa Shiraz, Australia
Produced from one of the oldest wineries in Australia. A lavish wine full of blackberry and plum with traces of eucalyptus and spice that ends smoothly.
In Daily, 12 April, Philip White
Another great article from Philip White, on wine and beer full article here, a few snippets below
Karadoc is much bigger now and part of Treasury Wine Estates, who don’t boast of it much.
So forgive my fear of batch variation in megabulk goonbag alleyjuice as much as in tiny-batch bearded beer, wine and spirits.
For years all the beer in Australia – Coopers excluded, bless ’em – smelt and tasted of the hop essence peddled by Carlton United Breweries after they’d monopolised the Australian hop industry and ‘rationalised’ it to the extent that nobody, including their own brewers, had easy access to traditional fresh hop flower cones.
They owned all the hops then boiled ’em up into a goo and they’d flog that until all the barrel and bottled beer in Australia smelt like the Yarra that drained their brewery slums of Richmond and Burnley.
The Advertiser, 12 April, Valerina Changarathil
MClaren Vale winemaker Mitolo Wines is taking to the skies, business class, under a new premium deal with Qantas and is firming up its presence on the ground with its first cellar door.
The winemaker delivered a shipment of 2400 bottles of its boutique 2013 Angela Shiraz for use on Qantas’ international flights last week to be served to its business class passengers. Full article here
Wine Searcher, 9 April, W. Blake Gray.
Beringer is owned by Treasury Wine Estates, which has been rocked by the business challenges facing large-production Australian wine.
Beringer Private Reserve is one of Treasury’s crown jewels, and ownership has been smart enough to see the value in that. For example, in an off vintage, they will downgrade the grapes into a cheaper wine rather than hurt the image of Private Reserve.
“In 2011 we made 1500 cases,” Beringer said, and note the pronoun even though he wasn’t at Beringer. “In ’12 and ’13 we were up around 10,000 cases.” Full article here
HNGN, 8 April, Catherine Griffin
Wine Yeast Genomes Lack Diversity: Big Taste, Yet Small Variety
While wine may have an amazing variety in terms of taste, scientists discovered that strains of wine yeast genomes actually lack diversity. Full Article Here
The Australian, 9 April, James Halliday
When I tasted the first Out of Step wine three years ago, I remember wondering why anyone setting up a small winery in the Yarra Valley would choose sauvignon blanc.
It wasn’t just the Marlborough Cookie Monster, but also the fact that the Yarra Valley’s track record with sauvignon blanc was lacklustre compared to the Adelaide Hills’ and dismal alongside that of Margaret River. Full article here
The Australian, 7 April, Bridget Carter
Worth a read
Treasury Wine Estates is on track for rampant earnings in two years time after a bumper 2016 harvest, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
In a research note, BAML said Treasury’s harvest for 2016 was the best on record and has increased its price objective by 18 per cent.
According to the BusinessNow blog, BAML also expects further acquisitions from the group, given it is on track to have no debt by 2018 and has pledged to drive down costs. Full article here
The Mercury (Tasmania,) 9 April, Graeme Philips
The Mercury (Tasmania,) 12 April, Graeme Philips