Decanter October 2019

Published by TI Media Limited The world’s best wine magazine. It is simply the “wine bible”. Every month it provides recommendations on the world’s finest wines and tells you where you can find them. From top Bordeaux to the best value wine on the shelf, Decanter guides you through a maze of wine to help you find the right wine for you. It also offers interviews with leading wine personalities, in-depth guides to the wine regions and the latest wine news.

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5 min
month in wine

Wine caught up in political wrangling During his leadership campaign, Boris Johnson styled himself as a sceptic of so-called ‘sin taxes’ and a self-confessed ‘wine man’ with a penchant for superTuscan Tignanello (see ‘Notes & Queries’, p128). But the question remains as to whether Europe’s wines will be able to flow freely into the UK after 31 October. Johnson’s willingness to consider a ‘no-deal’ departure from the European Union has intensified the scrutiny. A no-deal Brexit has been described as the ‘worst-case scenario’ by the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA). ‘The UK wine and spirit industry’s firm preference is for a negotiated EU exit, yet the WSTA must continue to prepare its members for a no-deal exit,’ said the trade body in a report on the sector’s readiness for Brexit. Johnson’s moves will…

1 min
in brief

Graves estate Liber Pater has priced its 2015 vintage at €30,000 a bottle – ranking it among the most expensive wines in the world. Only 550 bottles were produced, with just 240 to be released onto the market in September 2019. The wine is vinified in amphorae and made entirely with fruit from ungrafted vines, including rare varieties such as Petite Vidure, Tarnay and Castets. A new artificial intelligence (AI) app can translate wine bottle labels into any language, according to its inventor, Third Aurora. The Melbourne-based tech start-up claims that the app can also use AI to translate tasting notes, videos and other marketing material for wineries. Field tests began in July 2019 using 88 producers worldwide, ranging from Australia to Lebanon. An annual travel bursary for sommeliers has…

2 min
adelle ‘boots’ brounstein 1927-2019

Adelle ‘Boots’ Brounstein, the co-founder of Diamond Creek Vineyards and one of the pioneering generation of Napa Valley wine producers, has died at the age of 92. Brounstein and her late husband Al, who died in 2006, founded Diamond Creek in 1967. Together they achieved a notable series of firsts over the coming years, including planting the first all-Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in California and releasing the first US$100-a-bottle wine from the state. ‘Boots’ – she was given the nickname by her mother as a baby – passed away on 31 July following a short illness, after helping to run Diamond Creek for more than half a century. ‘Mom was the heart of Diamond Creek,’ commented Phil Ross, her son. ‘What she and Al did as pioneers, helping to bring the French idea of…

2 min
your letters

Subscriber plea I adore Decanter and look forward to getting my copy each month; there’s no other publication up to the same standard. However, I’ve been dismayed that my magazine arrives wrapped in plastic. Given the numerous mentions of climate change in recent issues, what has Decanter considered doing to lighten its own environmental footprint? I suggest that one easy win would be to stop wrapping these subscriber issues in ridiculously unnecessary and unrecyclable plastic. Please, don’t make me break up with Andrew Jefford... I adore him, and all your writers. Nicole Byrd-Donizetti, Fairfax, Virginia, USA Jane Mortimore, TI Media Ltd’s corporate responsibility manager, replies: The polyethylene wrap we use on many of our magazines, including Decanter, is fully recyclable and a by-product of the oil industry. The wrapping can be recycled at…

1 min
sustainability challenge

The single greatest lesson I’ve learned over a long career in sustainability is that there is no silver bullet. It is a complex web of moving parts and each business, organisation – or, in this case, winemaker – needs to manage the sustainability opportunities most important to them, while at the same time influencing as best they can others in the value chain (such as customers and suppliers). While Brian Smith in his letter (July 2019 issue) encourages producers to adopt organic or biodynamic certification ‘if they really want to embrace truly sustainable agriculture and winemaking’, in my experience this is too simplistic. In the broadest sense, a global organic food and drink system would not be sustainable quite simply because the productivity levels would not meet demand. I endorse Mr Smith’s…

3 min
andrew jefford

Thirty years ago, I began a series of 12 monthly articles tracking the undulating fortunes of a single English vineyard, Breaky Bottom in the Sussex Downs, over a single year between 1989 and 1990. On the October day I arrived, the owner, Peter Hall, told me that he’d had no fruit at all in 1987 and precious little in 1988; sales were laborious. He made the dry, classic table wines that met his own finely honed aesthetic standards; but English wine more generally, we lamented, was a national joke, and the prevailing – and failing – style was for semi-sweet wines, inspired by doubtful German models. If you had sketched out today’s UK wine scene to us back then, we would have laughed, shaking our heads at the preposterousness of the…