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Mai 28 2012

decanter.com: Frost in Austria destroys thousands of hectares of vines

Tag: Ländersigi.hiss @ 10:15

by Panos Kakaviatos – Widespread frost in Austria earlier this month caused serious damage to vineyards, according to the Austrian winegrowers‘ association. Niederösterreich

Niederösterreich: temperatures dropped to -5°C

Temperatures as low as -5°C overnight from 17-18 May damaged some 6,000ha of vines, particularly in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich). Around 4,000ha of vines lost this year’s crop and 2,000ha were partially damaged, Josef Pleil, president of the association said.

It is too early to estimate accurately the cost, Susanne Staggl, marketing manager of the Austrian Wine Institute said, but Austrian media have quoted losses of up to €20m in Lower Austria, €4m in Burgenland and €1m in Steiermark (Styria), although that includes losses in other sectors such as strawberries and sunflowers.

The brunt of the cold current hit Austria’s largest region for Grüner Veltliner, in the Pulkau Valley, along with the neighbouring South Moravian region. There was also frost damage to young vines in other wine-growing regions of Niederösterreich, Vienna, Burgenland and Styria. Continue reading „decanter.com: Frost in Austria destroys thousands of hectares of vines“


Mai 28 2012

decanter.com: First sparkling screwcap released

Tag: Allgemeines,Oenologiesigi.hiss @ 10:11

by Ken Gargett – The first screwcap for sparkling wines has been released – and it claims to solve the problems of taint, loss of sparkle and ease of opening.viivaThe closure, called ‚Viiva‚, is the result of five years of research and development between Guala Closures Australia, glass manufacturer O-I, and De Bortoli Wines.

At present Viiva is restricted to sparkling wines produced by the tank fermentation or charmat method and is not suitable for wines made by in the traditional method with secondary fermentation in bottle. It is anticipated to find strongest support in the on-premise market, especially for wines by the glass, and for larger events such as banquets and conventions.

Feedback had identified major issues in these sectors as taint, loss of carbonation and ease of opening; according to the manufacturers the new closure solves all three. The seal is released by a double twist, the first releasing pressure and the second opening the bottle, which can then be resealed. The seal underwent temperature, pressure, stress and weight tests, as a result of which a redefined bottle was found to be necessary.

De Bortoli has applied the new seal to its entire Trevi and Willowglen sparkling ranges.

National sales manager Peter Yeoman said the new closure ‘will encourage responsible consumption of alcohol as it enables consumers to drink one glass of wine, while maintaining carbonation days after opening.’ Tests for adapting the closure to traditional sparkling wines are ongoing. www.decanter.com


Mai 28 2012

decanter.com: Penfolds launches Grange 07 in Europe and ‚first-ever‘ Bin 169

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 10:07

by Adam Lechmere – Penfolds has just launched its icon wines in Europe – including the first-ever bottling of the new £165 Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008,bin 169 penfolds and the Grange 2007. Bin 169: first ever bottling

Penfolds had been ‘wanting to make Bin 169 for 25 or 30 years,’ chief winemaker Peter Gago told a masterclass at the London International Wine Fair.The reason they had never got round to it, he said, was that it would have ‚compromised‘ the Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of vineyards in Coonawarra, Barossa, Wrattonbully and Padthaway.‘There’s now more fruit at A grade level in Coonawarra,’ Gago told Decanter.com, ‘which is why we’re able to make the Bin 169 without taking away from Bin 707.’Around 1000 cases are made of the Bin 169, compared to 7000-9000 of Grange.

The wines released today – which were launched in Australia at the beginning of the month – were Grange 2007, Yattarna Chardonnay 2009, Reserve Bin 10A Chardonnay 2010, Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Bin 169 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Magill Estate Shiraz 2009, RWT Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009, and St Henri Shiraz 2008.

Referring to the complexities of the bin numbering system, which dates back to Grange founder Max Schubert’s system of numbering trial lots of wine, Gago said, ‘The term “bin” has real meaning in a Penfolds context.‘  Per bottle prices in the UK range are; £350 for the Grange, £85 for the Yattarna, £60 for the Bin 10A Chardonnay, £165 for the Bin 707 and the Bin 169, £89 for the RWT and £78 for the Magill.

Penfolds is also releasing a 100% Mataro (or Mourvedre) from Block 25 Kalimna fruit, which normally goes into the Bin 138 Grenache Syrah Mourvedre. Earlier this year Penfolds had been heavily criticised by wine merchants for the prices on another of its ranges, the Penfolds Bin range. Prices released in Continue reading „decanter.com: Penfolds launches Grange 07 in Europe and ‚first-ever‘ Bin 169“


Mai 28 2012

decanter.com: Bollinger returns to 1846 bottle

Tag: Weingütersigi.hiss @ 10:03

by Adam Lechmere – Bollinger has launched a new bottle whose narrow neck, it says, will slow the ageing process and deliver ‘a better wine’. bollinger new botThe new bottle – launched at the the London International Wine Fair this week – is based on an old bottle shape used in the 1840s. The ratio of neck diameter to base diameter on the 1846 bottle is 26mm to 93mm, as opposed to 29mm to 85mm of the standard bottle.

‘The idea of using the curved shape of this old bottle was to aim for the perfect balance of a “small magnum”’, Bollinger chef de cave Mathieu Kauffmann said. He added the curves of the bottle are ‘more pleasing to the eye than those on the standard bottle’. ‘In addition to the aesthetic reasons, using the shape of this new bottle, which is more like a magnum with a narrower neck and a wider base, should very slightly slow down the oxygen exchange and therefore give a better quality wine.’

The 1846 bottle will be used for the whole Bollinger range: the Special Cuvée, the first bottles of which are now being launched, followed by La Grande Année, La Grande Année Rosé, Bollinger RD and Vieilles Vignes Françaises.

La Côte aux Enfants will remain in the traditional bottle.


Mai 28 2012

Forschung mit uralten Rebsorten

Tag: Oenologie,Regionensigi.hiss @ 09:59

Veitshöchheim – Weinforschung mit altem Genmaterial: Für eine neue Testreihe hat die Bayerische Landesanstalt für Weinbau und Gartenbau (LWG) rund 300 Klone von alten fränkischen Reben gepflanzt. «Die Reben haben wir in alten und verwilderten Weinbergen gefunden und vermehrt», sagte der Leiter der LWG-Abteilung Weinbau, Hermann Kolesch, am Freitag in Veitshöchheim. Mit den Reben sollen unter anderem der Ertrag, die Gesundheit und die Resistenz gegen Trockenheit und Frost getestet werden.
Die Sorten seien zum Teil mehrere hundert Jahre alt und noch nicht durch Züchtung verändert. «Wir erhoffen uns, dass sie von Natur aus robuster sind», sagte Kolesch weiter. Die Pflanzen mit den besten Eigenschaften werden vermehrt und den fränkischen Winzern zum Kauf angeboten. Weltweit gebe es rund 10.000 Rebsorten, etwa 100 sind in Franken zugelassen. «Alte vergessene Sorten haben wieder eine Chance», sagte der Weinbau-Fachmann. Die LWG mit Sitz im unterfränkischen Veitshöchheim baut auf 21 Hektar Wein zu Forschungszwecken an. «Jährlich sind es 500 bis 600 Versuchsweine», sagte Kolesch. (dpa/lby)