Matthews Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

WA Wineries Feature in Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines

Congratulations to Leeuwin Estate and Mosswood who have been included in the top 40 of Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines for 2017.

Leeuwin Estate was also named Winery of the Year and awarded his highest point score, a perfect 20/20 for the new release 2014 Art Series Chardonnay in his annual 100 Best Australian Wines Report at the London launch on 23 May 2017.

 

Matthew reflected on the influence that Leeuwin Estate has had on the UK market noting:

"I have followed Leeuwin Estate closely for 28 years – I tasted my first Art Series Chardonnay in April 1990 and I remember it as if it was yesterday. 

"I have bought, sold and/or written about this pioneering estate every single year since.  Leeuwin is a titan among Australian boutique wineries.  No other estate has such a lofty nor long term grip on Chardonnay supremacy.  When I pour Leeuwin Prelude Chardonnay or Art Series Chardonnay at events or on the Roadshow consumers are actively excited to taste the wine. 

"These wines have an aura of greatness and even newcomers to wine seem to have heard this name.  Perhaps this is because this idyllic estate brings so much more than just its epic wines to our lives.  The art gallery (and labels), restaurant and music/concert sub-themes bring this winery to life and they show that Denis and Trish and now Simone and Justin Horgan appreciate how wine is but one part of the overall experience of our artistic and hedonistic existence.

"I will never forget a vertical tasting of Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay, hosted by their most fervent cheerleader, UK agent Hilary Gibbs from Burgundy specialists Domaine Direct, back in 2002.  We tasted wines from 1987 – 1999 and every single wine was sublime.  Fifteen-year-old Chardonnay, back then, which stood up perfectly and reminded us that Australia was becoming a Chardonnay force to be reckoned with, was a siren call to us all in the UK. 

"It was, to my mind, the beginning of Australia’s Chardonnay era, which continues to evolve to this day.  Without Leeuwin I feel that the entire country would not have travelled so far so fast and with their standards as high as ever, and with Art Series Cabernet joining the Chardonnay as an important wine for serious wine lovers’ cellars, it is my immense pleasure to announce that Leeuwin has picked up this year’s Winery of the Year title."

The 100 Best Australian Wines Report is available for sale on matthewjukes.com in ‘digital’ .pdf form.

 

 

It's Time to Enter Your Wines In The 4th Annual Melbourne International Wine Competition (Deadline Approaching Soon)

2017 Submission Now Open. Enter Your Wines Now 4th Annual Melbourne International Wine Competition: June 11, 2017. Must Ship ASAP as deadline coming soon.

The Melbourne International Wine Competition is the first major international wine competition with TRADE ONLY judges comprised of: buyers from the top retail stores, sommeliers, restaurant owners, hotel beverage directors, distributors, and importers. Unlike other wine competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales. 

Enter Your Wines Here.

This contest stands out from the others because all of our judges are real trade buyers judging the wine by its category and actual price. We call it "The Real World".

This is a great opportunity for established wines to reconnect with true trade buyers and new wines to be discovered by real trade buyers.


Benefits and Visibility

The MIWC will offer brand exposure in the following ways: 
1. All winning brands will be listed on the MIWC website with their image and link to their website. 
2. The results of the MIWC will be promoted vigorously to trade and consumer media. Results will be published with our media sponsors and other trade and consumer media outlets. 
3. There will be media onsite reporting on the competition. 
4. There is no charge for winning brands to use their winning award icon
5. Each winner will receive a medal at no additional charge. 
6. The media sponsors will be listing all awarded brands and profiling the top winners.

Competition overview

Unlike other competitions, these expert TRADE ONLY judges have the ability to directly influence sales and a brand’s bottom line. These panelists are not involved for publicity or for their industry position as critics or members of the press. They are true decision makers, experts and willing supporters of the wine industry who have an authentic understanding of the business of buying and selling wine.

Who are the Judges?

Bob Paulinski, MW, Head of Sourcing - Wine, Coles Liquor,
Bert Werden,  Buyer and Director at WineStar,
Vanessa Green, Wine Director, Apples + Pears Entertainment Group,
Jamie Hay, Category Assistant - Dan Murphy's Cellar,
Greg Fitzsimmons, Manager, Private Cellar/ Fine wine, Graysonline,
Kate Lawton, Senior Buyer at Vinomofo,
Christian Maier, Sommelier and Buyer, RACV Clubs and Resorts,
Peter Nixon, Dan Murphy's Natural Fine Wine Manager cont..

Our mailing address is:

Melbourne International Beverage Competition
100 Cromwell Street
Collingwood
Collingwood, NJ 3066
Australia

Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate - Release of Exposure Draft Legislation

The Government has announced the release of exposure draft legislation and explanatory material for the changes to the WET rebate for public consultation until Friday, 28 April 2017 (see joint media release).

 

The exposure draft legislation can be accessed on the Treasury consultation webpage.

 

Media Release regarding the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)

April 1st 2017 has seen the fourth round of tariff cuts take effect under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA).

The JAEPA entered into force in January 2015 and will see the Elimination of the 15 percent tariff on bottled wine by 2021 through incremental reductions over time.  Under the agreement, these tariffs will continue to be reduced each year until eliminated.

April 1st no joke for Australian wine exports to Japan

Grapegrower & Winemaker - March 2017

What held up this year's harvest?

The 2017 vintage growing season has been challenging; a wet and cold spring season impacted on early shoot development and mild summer conditions, interrupted by regular rain events, has kept growers on their toes.

"Spring and early summer of this season have been a complete contrast to the previous season – the hottest on record in 15/16 and one of the coolest in 16/17," said Ian Macrae, CCW Co-operative Limited senior viticulture officer.

It's been a season of extreme, sometimes isolated, weather events - with some vineyards hit hard by storm and hail damage; others contending with floods; and some recording high temperatures. Despite all this, many growers are expecting it to be a season that delivers on both quality and quantity. In the latest edition of the Grapegrower & Winemaker, we asked a group of experts from around the country to comment on what impacted vintage this year and to give us an outlook on what to expect in the coming season.

The expert assessments included:

Marcel Essling, The Australian Wine Research Institute senior viticulturist, gives a national overview. "Generally, the season started cooler and wetter than recent years. Flooding and waterlogged soils in some regions made getting equipment into the vineyard difficult. Growers were forced to alter their spray plans and adapt to higher disease pressure.”

Colin Bell (AHA Viticulture director and viticulturist) contributes from Western Australia. "Following strong winter rainfall and resultant cold soils, early vine growth was slow, but fruitfulness was high.”

Mike Hayes (Symphony Hill viticulturist and winemaker) checks in from Queensland. "Berry size was down. Crop levels were up last year so vines normally have a respite, had a very nice skin to juice ratio.”

Marty Smith (Absolute Viticulture viticulturist) provides the Tasmania update. "Budburst was early for us this season (late August) with the above average temperatures over winter. This changed very quickly as a month of cold and windy weather after budburst stunted the vines considerably. We went from two weeks early to three weeks late by the time we got to flowering.”

Ian Macrae (CCW Co-operative Limited senior viticulture officer) reports from the Riverland. "Flowering occurred about two-to-three weeks later than recent seasons. At the time of flowering there were less leaves per shoot than in previous seasons i.e. flowering started at an earlier EL stage as assessed by the number of leaves per shoot.”

Andrew Mclean (Casella Family Brands grower liaison officer) looks across regions in SA, NSW and Victoria. "Whilst some of the late varieties in cooler regions may run the risk of senescing prior to desired sugar accumulation, overall yields look like they will be in line with long term average and prospective fruit quality looks to be very promising.”

You can read all the feedback from the experts here.

Registration now open for Aussie Wine Month

The biggest celebration of Australian wine, Aussie Wine Month will return this May to showcase the exceptional quality and diversity of wine produced in our own backyard.

For wine enthusiasts to complete novices, Aussie Wine Month gives everyone across the country the chance to learn more and get excited about Australian wine, experience new and legendary Australian wines and discover the stories that make them unique.

Registrations are now open for restaurants, bars, cellar doors, retail stores and wine brands to take part in the month long celebration by organising an event or promotion that focuses on Australian wine.

All events uploaded to the Aussie Wine Month website will be promoted across Aussie Wine Month marketing and social channels in the lead up and during the month of May.

Help us spread the word that Australian wine is the best!

Ideas for Aussie Wine Month activities include:
• Food and wine pairing dinner
• Event with focus on the latest wine trends or alternative varieties
• Wine tastings
• Meet the wine maker event
• Wine workshops and masterclasses
• All Aussie wine list
• Aussie wine parties
• Promotions on Australian wine sales
• Australian wine of the day
• Food and wine festivals

Check out www.aussiewinemonth.com now and register your activity for free.

Aussie Wine Month will run nationwide from 1 – 31st May 2017.

WA State Election Update

Over the course of the state election, Wines of WA has communicated a non-partisan policy position for all parties to consider. Please see attached policy document which outlines our approach.

The main aim of our engagement has been to secure a commitment to formal consultation with the WA wine industry on two key issues; wine tourism and market development. We also intend to confirm with the State Government, the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development.

To date, we have received a commitment from:

• Opposition Leader Mark McGowan confirming that, if elected, Labor will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr McGowan stated, “If elected, a McGowan Labor Government is committed to formally consult with the West Australian wine industry on how to drive wine tourism and export marker development. WA's wine industry is an important part of diversifying our economy and creating jobs for the future.”

• Blackwood Warren MLA Terry Redman and Nationals WA candidate for Vasse Peter Gordon confirming that Nationals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Mr Gordon and Mr Redman stated, “If elected at the upcoming State Election, Nationals WA would undertake to set up a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine community, along with tourism stakeholders, to look at options to boost cellar door tourism and support export market development."

• Premier Colin Barnett and Vasse MLA Libby Mettam confirming that, if elected, Liberals WA will engage with the WA wine industry in formal consultation on wine tourism, market development and the importance of the WA wine industry in regional economic development. Ms Mettam stated, ”a Liberal-led government will commit to a formal consultation process with the WA grape and wine industry to boost cellar door tourism, export market development and regional development."

WA Wine Industry State Election Policy Statement LINK

Larry Jorgensen
Chief Executive Officer
Wines of WA
T – 0448 884 161
E – ceo@winewa.asn.au

Halliday, Hancock and Horgan - honoured as wine industry 'greats'

The outstanding achievements of three ‘greats’ of the Australian wine industry have been honoured at a special awards presentation held by the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA) in Adelaide last night.

James Halliday AM, Chris Hancock MW and Denis Horgan AM were named Life Members of the Australian Wine Industry.

Each of the recipients is a household name and their efforts in the nation’s vineyards, wineries, boardrooms and gracing the pages of the most discerning wine publications, have played a key role in creating a vibrant modern industry and brought Australian wines to the attention of consumers around the world.

“This coveted Life Member Award recognises outstanding leadership and contribution to the nation’s wine industry over and above an individual’s career achievements,” said WFA President Sandy Clark.

“Chris, Denis and James are worthy winners and take their place among other greats including Wolf Blass, d’Arry Osborn, Philip Laffer, John May, Terry Lee, Peter Barnes, Peter Wall and Bill Chambers. The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia is proud to administer this award”, he said.

Federal Government Announces Revised WET Rebate Integrity Measure Amendments

Federal Government Announces Revised WET Rebate Integrity Measure Amendments

Wines of Western Australia (WoWA) warmly welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government of important integrity reforms to the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) rebate and supports those reforms. This is a good news story of Government and Industry working together to achieve optimum and balanced outcomes.

Senator Ruston is to be congratulated on the thorough and extensive consultation process that she has conducted with the wine industry since the announcement of these reforms in the 2016 Budget. This process highlighted the importance of the WET rebate to small premium wine producers, particularly those operating in regional areas where they are a critical part of their local economies and tourism infrastructure.

WoWA has worked with the Government on behalf of the fine wine regions in Western Australia to ensure that the reforms refocus and restore integrity to the WET rebate system and continue to provide relief to small premium winemakers from the burden of WET. WoWA has been instrumental in the formulation of key aspects of the reforms, in particular:

• the eligibility criteria which will ensureyoung and innovative winemakers can enter the market and;
• and the cellar door rebate scheme which will encourage producers to continue to invest in their cellar door operations and support their local tourism industry.

Moving the amendments out to July 2018 will allow wine producers to refocus their businesses operations. Considering the extent of the reforms, this is a well measured revision due to the long production lead times in the wine industry.
 
Everything in the revised policy is focused around returning the rebate to its original intent and the Government has absolutely nailed it. We look forward to continued discussions over its implementation, the $50m Wine Tourism and Export Development Fund and future taxation reviews.

At the local level, we would like to make a special mention to Senator Dean Smith, Senator Chris Back, Hon. Christian Porter MP, Nola Marino MP, Rick Wilson MP and Andrew Hastie MP for their grassroots input in assessing economic and social consequences in regional wine communities. These grassroots assessments were also supported by Premier Colin Barnett and local MP Libby Mettam.

Australian Women in Wine Awards

It’s a big day here at The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society as together with the AWIWA Advisory Board we announce the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards! Woo hoo!

There were six awards on offer this year, up from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. AWIWA Advisory Board member, wine writer, and long-time advocate for women in wine Jeni Port, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in this, the second year, of the awards.

“The number of entrants has increased considerably from last year. We have had entries from those working in big wine companies and small, in isolated regions and wine areas that roll a little easier off the tongue, then there have been those contributing to truly world-class research and science that places Australia at the forefront of international wine knowledge and, importantly those women – and men – actively striving for gender equality and fairness in the workplace,” said Ms. Port.

“Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”

Brian Walsh, Chair of Wine Australia, who joined the AWIWA Board this year, said that the judging process was both onerous and inspiring.

“There was an amazing depth of talent across the entries and everyone had a different story to share – from seasoned contributors to those who who are rapidly making their mark. Many have only reluctantly entered at the urging of their peers and loved-ones, modestly believing that they are just normal women in wine. I think super-normal is more appropriate,” observed Mr. Walsh.

The breadth of the wine community was well represented within entries – from wine tourism to distribution, and from PR to winemaking – demonstrating that although still in their infancy, these awards are reaching and recognizing women right across the value chain.

The finalists in each of the six award categories are (in alphabetical order):   

Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Wine Ark
Jo Marsh, Emma Norbiato, Anna Pooley, Alexia Roberts

Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia
Jennifer Doyle, Prue Henschke, Kate Strachan

Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Halliday
Eliza Brown, Sarah Collingwood, Jenny Semmler, Kim Tyrer

Workplace Champion of Change – sponsored by Vinomofo
Irene Hatzigeorgiou, Lyndey Milan, Iain Riggs

Researcher of the Year – sponsored by Lallemand
Dimitra Capone, Roberta De Bei & Cassandra Collins (team), Kerry Wilkinson

Cellar Door Person of the Year
Rebecca Barr, Renee Brown, Kara Hood, Peta Serafin

 

Awards Night – Tuesday 15 November 2016

Once again, the Australian Women in Wine Awards has shunned the ‘grand gala night’. Instead, to maximize the reach and inclusiveness of these awards, the winners will be announced via a live stream broadcast on Tuesday 15 November at 7:30pm AEDT. Each wine region and city is being encouraged to host their own gathering to celebrate the announcement, and can register their event online via the awards website.