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Published:  23 July, 2008

Exclusive By Max Allen

Southcorp, Australia's largest wine producer, will bottle all of its Rieslings from the 2002 vintage under Stelvin screwcaps. This is the most significant development in the renaissance of the screwcap since a handful of high-profile but mostly small-production Clare Valley winemakers decided to bottle their Rieslings under Stelvin from the 2000 vintage onwards. A number of Australia's larger companies - notably Beringer Blass, Orlando Wyndham, BRL Hardy and Yalumba - have been bottling an increasing number of their Rieslings with screwcaps over the last two years, but this is the first time a major producer has announced a total shift away from natural cork. This is definitely a big step,' said Southcorp's operations manager Jeffrey Wilkinson. It is subject to us getting enough bottles.' The brands involved include Wynn's Coonawarra Estate, Tollana, Leo Buring, Seppelt and the new Rosemount Riesling, a wine first introduced in 2001.