Vinexpo Daily 2018 - Review Edition

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NEWS ADVERTORIAL The Wine Wizards of Oz Australian winemakers demonstrate their magic at Vinexpo 2018 The magic of Australian wines and the mysteries of the nation’s littler-known regions were all revealed to a highly admiring pack of Asian and global buyers at Vinexpo 2018. Not only was Australia the Country of Honour, it played its role to a tee, with master classes, conferences, tastings and of course the “Blend” evening, which added a little entertainment to the more serious side of the business. While there were far too many exhibitors to give justice to all in one article, we asked just a few how the show went for them… CASELLA FAMILY BRANDS Malcolm Paul Davies, Export Manager – APAC and Emerging Markets We’ve been meeting with a number of important distributors every day. We’ve had people come up that I wasn’t expecting to see, which I am hoping will do very well for us in our business. Initially, I just thought it was just about having a presence and showcasing our wines, but this has actually worked out to be much more than that. It’s a big set-up. There are a lot of Australians and Australian wine in the room, and the response from customers and distributors coming through has been very positive, and the networking session – the Blend – was pretty amazing! THE PAWN WINE CO Zachary Tom Keelan, Director, Winemaker, Crayon Control It’s my first time in Hong Kong, and for me, it’s been a bit of an educational tour to be honest. I came in eyes wide open, with no huge expectations of what was going to be the outcome, but I have learnt so much in the past three days in terms of what the market is, what they want, pricing, and labelling. Especially labelling in fact – it’s incredible the amount of attention to detail that some of the customers have on labels. The show has been a success. I have a suitcase full of business cards, and it will take a good week or two when I get back to Adelaide to go contact all these people. And now I am an expert on WeChat, which is fantastic! ROWLEE SINGLE VINEYARD WINES – ORANGE Nicole Samodol, Principal We have had two master classes through Vinexpo and also had the regional bar so it has given us an opportunity to introduce them to the Orange region, and explain why it’s different to other regions, with the cool climate and high altitude delivering elegant, lovely textured wines. Feedback has been very positive, with great engagement. The show has been a big success. FINE WINES OF AUSTRALIA Ryan G Hale, Director It’s all about Sinful 8: bringing out a new brand to the Asian markets from the Riverina area – basically from the wine to the bottle to the label – everything has been done with no expenses spared. Reaction has been fantastic. Everyone I talked to knew I was here, and this was my first Vinexpo. It’s been great. Everyone has at least stopped by and taken photos. Wine Australia has done a fantastic job. CW WINES (COONAWARRA) Denise Tranter, Director (and husband Jason) We sell a lot of bulk wine, we do about seven million litres a year, but we are getting into buyer’s own brands of bottled stock from McLaren Vale and Barossa, and predominantly Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast, from entry-level right through to high end. We know that for the China market, labelling is extremely important, and we are working with John Jewell for this. He has a good handle on the latest and greatest labels and that’s a great help. The show has been very busy. We’ve made a lot of contacts, and I think you’ve just got to keep coming back every year and keep at it. 4 VINEXPO DAILY / REVIEW / TUESDAY 12 TH JUNE 2018

NEWS ADVERTORIAL St Hugo Showcases Several New-to- Market Releases at Vinexpo Hong Kong Fresh from the Barossa Valley Innovations from Jacob’s Creek @ Vinexpo Hong Kong Jacob’s Creek launched their latest innovation from the revolutionary Double Barrel range, as well as unveiling the “Le Petit Rosé” wine at Vinexpo Hong Kong, in a first for the Asia market. The world’s first Chardonnay to be aged in Scotch whisky barrels was launched as part of the Double Barrel range joining the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Both the reds and whites go through two types of barrel treatment, hence the name Double Barrel. Jacob’s Creek has just released the 2017 Double Barrel Chardonnay. To make Double Barrel Chardonnay, the juice is split in halves. The first half is fermented in whisky barrels, and then matured in wine barrels. The second half is fermented in wine barrels, and then finished in whisky barrels. This provides two very different flavour profiles, which are then blended together to create an exceptional palate which is both unique and unexpected. Matured in wine barrels, the red wines are finished in aged whisky barrels for a richer, deeper and smoother finish. The 2015 Double Barrel Cabernet Sauvignon and 2016 Double Barrel Shiraz are finished in aged Irish and Scotch whisky barrels respectively. Jacob’s Creek also introducing its Le Petit Rosé wine at Vinexpo Hong Kong. Launched in Australia in late 2016, it quickly became the nation’s number one Rosé wine, a position it still holds. Le Petit Rosé is made from Australian grapes (Pinot Noir, Grenache, Mataro) by Australian winemakers, but reflects the style most common in Provence, France. It captures the elegant and savoury style of French Rosé, with the freshness and purity of Australian fruit Barossa Valley based St Hugo launched its first-ever white wines – a Riesling and Chardonnay on the Asian market at Vinexpo Hong Kong. The Chardonnay had just been released in Australia, while the Riesling was released in late 2017. Vinexpo Hong Kong is the launchpad for these wines in Asia. The 2017 Eden Valley Riesling has had outstanding success. Last month it was awarded “Master” status, just one of five wines to receive the accolade, at the grape variety’s peak competition, the 2017 Global Riesling Masters. At the Barossa Wine Show 2017 it received the Trophy for Best 2017 Riesling and Trophy for Most Outstanding Barossa White Wine. Further to this, it’s received gold medals at the Barossa Wine Show 2017, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2017 and National Wine Show of Australia 2017. These white wines build on the legacy of St Hugo of crafting wines of power and elegance, which all began with the 1980 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. This flagship wine, and its following vintages, has gone onto win more than 1,000 awards, including 30 trophies and 170 gold medals. Another new range was introduced at Vinexpo Hong Kong – the Private Collection, which are fine wines from specially-selected vineyards. These wines have, up until now, been available only through St Hugo’s home in the Barossa Valley and selected travel retail. Available to taste were the 2013 St Hugo Private Collection Barossa Marananga Shiraz, 2013 St Hugo Private Collection Eden Valley Shiraz, and 2012 St Hugo Private Collection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. Chief Winemaker Daniel Swincer was present at Vinexpo Hong Kong to talk about these new releases, alongside other classic fine wines from the winery A LITTLE HISTORY… Located 60 km from Adelaide, the famous Barossa wine region has a long history of making full-bodied reds, fortified and robust white wines. As well as its 70+ wineries, the Barossa is home to award-winning restaurants, stone churches and heritage buildings, in a uniquely Australian landscape of gum trees and vineyards. The Barossa’s winemaking and grape growing heritage dates back to 1842, when the first vines were planted by European immigrants. Today the region is home to sixth-generation winemakers who work with some of the world’s oldest vines, as well as a dynamic community of artisan food producers VINEXPO DAILY / REVIEW / TUESDAY 12 TH JUNE 2018 5

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