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March - April 2019

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IF THERE WAS AN ANTI-BUREAUCRACY PARTY I would join it tomorrow. Maybe even today! (Excludes Palmer party).Rules and guidelines are good but excessive ones are not and should be called out. There seems to be a level of bureaucracy creeping into the wine industry and I don’t like it. Here are some examples;In October 2018, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) met and agreed that: “a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages should be developed and should include a pictogram and relevant warning statement. The Forum requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develop this mandatory labelling standard as a priority and that the work be completed expeditiously (mid 2019).Now no one is arguing that it is not a…

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HEIDENREICH OUT ON HER OWNLONG-time Sevenhill Cellars winemaker Liz Heidenreich has signed off on her 13-year career with the iconic South Australian winery in order to pursue her own wine brand.Liz Heidenreich Wines is now open for business with grenache and shiraz sourced from her family-owned Barossa Valley vineyards. There is also a Watervale riesling included in the Heidenreich wine mix, a style she knows very well after her long years working in the Clare Valley at Sevenhill. As yet, no winemaker replacement has been named but Jeremy O’Leary has been promoted to assistant winemaker. Sevenhill Cellars, settled by the Jesuit religious order in 1851, was the first winery in the Clare Valley. The production of sacramental wine soon developed into commercial table wines with priests the winemakers. Heidenreich was…

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nz briefs

THE AUSTRALIAN CELLAR LAUNCHESESCHEWING the usual trans-Tasman rivalry, founder of the specialist UK retailer The New Zealand Cellar Melanie Brown, has launched The Australian Cellar. Brown, who is also wine buyer at Peter Gordan’s The Providores restaurant in Marylebone, established the New Zealand Cellar in 2014, initially as an online wine shop then quickly expanding into a wine bar and shop at Pop Brixton. The personable and energetic Brown runs numerous tastings and events throughout the year, with a solid reputation for providing a diverse and interesting array of New Zealand wines. Her comprehensive range gives a home for many smaller labels that would otherwise struggle for representation in the ultra-competitive UK market.The new venture The Australian Cellar, run independently from The New Zealand Cellar, is currently online-only, focusing on…

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big three revel in a bumper harvest

AFTER the difficult, small, 2017 vintage across much of Europe, that saw damaging frost, hail, heatwave and drought in various locations, 2018, in general, was something of a relief. Yes, there were regional significant weather-related challenges, but overall, production volumes have mainly recovered. Given that the top three wine-producing countries - Italy, France, Spain - all harvested crops in line with or better than their respective five-year averages, this has helped to make 2018 one of the highest global productions this millennium - at around 282 million hectolitres (mhl), according to early estimates from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), an intergovernmental agency working scientifically and technically on vines, wines, wine-based drinks, table grapes and raisins. There are also - generally speaking - good feelings about quality, too.Italy…

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our national treasures deserve recognition

RECENTLY I wrote about a project that is afoot in the Barossa Valley to recognise sub regions, and it is a healthy sign we are delving into our rich viticultural history to recognise the special and distinct patches of dirt in our country.Travelling overseas you quickly realise that the Europeans have been doing it for centuries and are masters at defining and delineating their terroir. They have some magical lands. The twists and turns and subtle undulations of the contours of Bourgogne are all mapped, documented and subdivided down into tiniest of plots. While on a grand scale whole regions such as the Douro Valley in Portugal, Champagne and Bordeaux in France, the Middle Rhine in Germany, Tokaj in Hungary, Piedmont and Pantelleria off the coast of Italy have all…

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rooms with a view and luxury to match

THERE’S a lot to be said in favour of returning to a favourite hotel, especially one that’s located in a city you visit frequently. The staff recognise you, there’s a home-away-from-home feeling and you know where you are going the minute you step outside the main doors because you’ve scoped the vicinity before.But every year sees a new round of new hotel openings and the world’s major cities continue to expand their offerings to include new and exciting places to stay. I was reminded of this recently when I stayed at the Skye Suites Sydney, which allowed me to be a tourist in my home town and underlined Sydney’s global city status.The streetscapes between Barangaroo, the Queen Victoria Building and Martin Place have changed enormously over the past few years,…