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Paul Henry backs new Thousand Candles Australian wine brand

Published:  31 July, 2013

Former UK Wine Australia chief, Paul Henry, and Pinot Noir specialist, William Downie have teamed up to produce new Australian wine brand, Thousand Candles, which is to be distributed in the UK by Alliance Wine.


Penfolds scoops Winery of the Year award

Published:  29 July, 2013

Penfolds has been awarded the title of Winery of the Year at the first James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.


Wolf Blass signs up England and Aussie cricket stars

Published:  28 July, 2013

Leading Australian wine brand, Wolf Blass, helped bring together some of cricket's Ashes heroes of yesteryear at a special...


Australian winemakers are pick of the crop at IWC

Published:  19 July, 2013

Wolf Blass's Chris Hatcher and Australian Vintage's Neil McGuigan were named Red and White Winemaker of the year respecitvely at last night's International Wine Challenge 2013 awards at London's Grosvenor Hotel.


Wolf Blass signs up Strauss and Vaughan

Published:  10 July, 2013

Former Ashes winning England cricket captains, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan, have been signed up by Australian wine...


Peter Lehmann dies, aged 82

Published:  01 July, 2013

Legendary South Australian winemaker Peter Lehmann died on Friday, aged 82.


Q&A: Tatiana Fokina, chief executive, Hedonism Wines

Published:  06 June, 2013

The head of Hedonism Wines tells Elinor Zuke why the London retail operation aspires to be the finest wine shop in the world


Pernod Ricard celebrates 2013 vintage

Published:  02 May, 2013

The harvest in Australia took place up to six weeks earlier than 20 years ago, according to Pernod Ricard.


Wine Australia to challenge global image at Savour

Published:  09 April, 2013

Wine Australia is to invite influential figures from the world of wine to what it claims will be the most comprehensive analysis of its wine...


Wine Australia puts the focus on Riesling at Landmark Tasting

Published:  18 March, 2013


Wine Australia's showcasing of some of its key varietals and winemaking skills continued last week with an event dedicated to advances made in Riesling.


De Bortoli adds to Deen Vat Series with Vat 1 Durif

Published:  01 March, 2013

Winning a host of awards across Australia last year is the De Bortoli Wines' Deen Vat 1 Durif 2010 (rrp £9.29) from its Deen Vat Series range.


Penfolds releases 2013 Bin Collection

Published:  01 March, 2013

Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.

Text Penfolds has released more wines from the 2010 vintage - described by its chief winemaker as the "finest since 1990" - as part of its 2013 Bin Series collection.


A total of eleven wines were released on Friday, including 2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz (rrp £50), 2010 Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon (£48), 2010 Bin 150 Barossa Shiraz (£46) and 2010 Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz (£22).


"Buyer beware of vintage pronouncements and superlatives. However, relax with 2010. Arguably Penfolds finest since 1990," said chief winemaker Peter Gago.


The 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz was the "Bin 389 we've been waiting for," Gago added.


In total the 2013 Penfolds Bin Series covers three vintages, with the 2012 white wine vintage said to offer intensity of flavour and fruitfulness. "The white wines from this release - Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling and Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay - will be able to be enjoyed early, but also look to have longevity," said senior white winemaker Kym Schroeter.


Meanwhile 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz has scored a perfect 100 points in the Australian Report in the Wine Advocate. The score was awarded by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW.


"Deep purple-black in colour, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+" Perrotti-Brown wrote.


The 2008 Penfolds Grange Shiraz will be released to the market on May 1.



Wine Australia announces online wine research project

Published:  25 February, 2013

Wine Australia has announced a new research project into the UK online wine market in a bid to identify new opportunities for Australian wine producers to grow their business in this channel.


Jacob's Creek launches True Character campaign

Published:  19 February, 2013

Jacob's Creek has released a new series of short films called the True Character Series in a campaign that includes...


Jacob's Creek launches low-alcohol rosé

Published:  15 February, 2013

US wine giant Jacob's Creek has launched low-alcohol Summer Blush, at 5.5% abv, just in time for the summer months.


Bibendum adds "iconic" Penfolds label to portfolio

Published:  01 February, 2013

Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.


Bibendum Wines has been appointed distributor for Treasury Wine Estate's Penfolds label.


Bibendum will distribute Penfolds Bins, Icon and Luxury Wines as well as its on-trade exclusive range of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines and Penfolds Bin 2 from this month.


Matthew Clark had distributed Penfolds in the UK until four years ago, when TWE moved to a number of regional distribution arrangements.


Andrew Shaw, Bibendum's head of buying said: "Penfolds are a terrific addition to the Bibendum portfolio. We have always been very strong supporters of Australian wines and couldn't pass up the opportunity to distribute one of the country's most iconic names. "


A number of back vintage wines will also be made available to Bibendum under the agreement.


Bibendum will include a range of Penfolds wines at its annual tasting on Wednesday February 6.


Australian Vintage to build on its branded wine offer in UK

Published:  01 February, 2013

Australian Vintage is teaming up with MasterChef's John Torode as it looks to strengthen its position in the UK branded wine market, both through its core McGuigan portfolio and new product launches.

TextAustralian Vintage is teaming up with MasterChef's John Torode as it looks to strengthen its position in the UK branded wine market, both through its core McGuigan portfolio and new product launches.


Torode is to work with Australian Vintage's chief executive Neil McGuigan on a collection of 50 recipes, which can be downloaded using QR codes on the back labels of any McGuigan wine. A dedicated website will then offer recipe ideas based on the wine the QR code has come from and their dietary preferences.


Julian Dyer, Australian Vintage's head of UK and Ireland, told Harpers that thanks to the quality of UK bottling, it is now able to bottle its iconic McGuigan Black Label brand in the UK for the first time. It is also launching McGuigan Black Label Reserve to the independent sector.


"McGuigan Black Label is the heart and soul of the company so it is crucial for us that it is being bottled in the UK," he stressed.


Black Label, he said, is vital in helping to push the premium Australian brand category up to and potentially beyond £9.99.


Dyer told Harpers: "This gives us an opportunity to stretch the phenomenal success we have had with the McGuigan brand and encourage more people to trade up."


He added: "You have to look to trade people up by £1 or £1.50 at a time. If you think you can get them to spend £3 to £4 more then you are kidding."


Australian Vintage is also looking to use its strong position in the UK to increasingly grow more business across Europe. Its close ties with UK bottlers, for example, means it can offer bulk shipping savings to distributors across Europe. "We treat bottling in the UK as an extension of our own winery," said Dyer.


But, equally, it remains "absolutely committed" to the UK, its number-one export market. Dyer said it was also vital it developed products for consumers who sill want to buy wine below £5.


These developments include:


  • Continued roll-out of its £3.49, 5.5% abv Vinni sparkling Moscato-based brand into supermarkets and convenience with new Blush and Black variants
  • A new range of 5.5% abv wines featuring a white, red and rosé under its new low-alcohol umbrella brand name Summer Light, first introduced, alongside Summer Time, in Australia
  • Bubblique, a sparkling flavoured wine proposition at 8.5% abv and "well below £10".



How will you be changing your wine list this year?

Published:  24 January, 2013

As we go into 2013, we ask three industry sommeliers from Sketch, Coq d'Argent and Launceston Place how they'll be looking at changing their wine lists this year.


My hopes for 2013: Simon Thorpe of Negociants UK on the need to plan ahead

Published:  09 January, 2013

Can you remember what you were doing a decade ago, or would you have an idea as to what you will be doing in 10 years time? I don't, and secretly I'm quite glad about that - my diary is generally planned a month in advance and any further ahead than that seems too far off.


Wine Australia to hold global wine forum

Published:  20 December, 2012

Wine Australia is holding a global Australian wine forum in September 2013, which is hopes will usher in a "new era" for Australian wine.