New Zealand wineries' confidence in global demand has kick-started fresh vine plantings in Marlborough after a five-year lull, but space will increasingly be at a premium, the chief winemaker for Pernod Ricard's Brancott Estate has said.
Export earnings increased 3 percent to NZ$1.2 billion ($1 billion) in the year ended June 30, while export volumes fell 5 percent to 169.6 million liters, New Zealand Winegrowers said in it annual report.
The winemaker, whose signature product sells for about $7.50 a bottle in U.S. stores and inspired the growth of low-priced, easy-drinking Australian 'critter labels', will charge about 13 times as much for the 'Casella 1919' brand when it's released later this year, Managing Director John Casella said in an interview in Sydney yesterday.
Once upon a time in the Land of Oz, there was a plan to establish a beachhead for Australian wine in California, from whence the Aussies would take the American wine market, the largest market for wine in the world, by storm. Funded in part by the Australian government, the plan seemed to work.
The final 297-page report titled 'A window into hotter and drier futures: Phenological shifts and adaptive practices', is the culmination of a three-year research project, funded by Australia's Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), Department of Agriculture, and complementary State Natural Resource Management Programs.
Ever since the proliferation of Grüner Veltliner in cheap liter-size bottles, the wine world has been ready for a new grape from the region to fall in love with. Lettie Teague samples the nation's best bottles.
A couple of years ago, the 51-year-old started "de-constructing" The Dead Arm, his flagship shiraz, for his Amazing Sites project. The wine is a blend from many shiraz vineyards. Osborn took some of the wine from each top plot of land and bottled each as a single vineyard wine.