Home' National Liquor News : NLN MAR 2018 Contents BROWN BROTHERS CELEBRATES 15 YEARS OF PATRICIA
Brown Brothers is celebrating 15 years of its Patricia range, named in
honour of the family’s matriarch, with a full release of all five wines.
The Patricia range named after Patricia Brown who dedicated 60
years of her life to the growth and prosperity of the Brown family and
business, and the range is the culmination of the very best in viticulture
Such is the commitment to the Patricia range, that if a wine does not
meet stringent quality measures, it will not bear the Patricia name.
Winemaker Katherine Brown, told National Liquor News: “In
celebration of my grandmother Patricia Brown, this is our 15th release of
this range which showcases only the very best wines from a vintage.”
Ross Brown, Executive Director of Brown Brothers, added: “Put
simply, Patricia is a labour of love. Not just for its matriarchal heritage,
but for the dedication and commitment which highlight its long journey
from vineyard to bottle.
“Each year we release the range on Patricia’s birthday, 17 March. This
year we are delighted to release all five wines for the 15th release of the
This year’s release comprises the 2011 Patricia Pinot Noir
Chardonnay Brut, the 2015 Patricia Chardonnay, the 2013 Patricia
Shiraz, the 2013 Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Patricia
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VOYAGER ESTATE MOVING TO
Margaret River winery, Voyager Estate, has announced that it is
transitioning to organic certification, with 40 hectares of vineyards
already in conversion as certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO).
Steve James, Voyager’s Manager Winemaking & Viticulture said that
the move underpins the winery’s long-term commitment to sustainable
farming, and with the current farming techniques already in place it’s
actually not a massive transition.
“In many ways this is not a big move,” James said. “We’ve been
heading down this pathway for a long time and we’ve been following a
lot of principles of organic farming with using compost and eliminating
herbicides at a lot of our vineyards. So the final steps to transition for us,
have not been that great.”
In explaining why the winery has decided to convert to organic, James
said that there were a couple of key reasons behind the decision.
“There is the focus on trying to make wines that truly reflect the soil
and the character of our vineyard as much as possible. I think we are
claiming to make wines of terroir then you need to be managing your
vines, if not organically, then pretty close.
“Also, a big one for me is farming in a more ecological way; working
with nature as much as possible rather than trying to control nature.”
The estate currently has around 40 hectares in conversion and James
said he is about to sign the paper work to have another 40 hectares
converted, which will be around 85 per cent of Voyager’s vines and by
next year he is planning to have the whole estate under organic farming.
The full certification of being organic by ACO is a three-year process.
TWE STARTS LEGAL ACTION OVER
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has kicked off legal action in the
Federal Court of Australia against Rush Rich, over alleged trademark
infringements of the Penfolds brand, including use of TWE’s Ben Fu
trademark in China.
Ben Fu is the Chinese translation for Penfolds and TWE has initiated
the court case to stop Rush Rich infringing on its rights in both Australia
and China. TWE said that without the action, the reputation of its iconic
brands could be “significantly damaged”.
TWE’s CEO Michael Clarke said it was “critical” for Australia’s
producers, industry bodies, authorities and government to take action in
order to protect the long term reputation and success of Australian wine in
export markets from a few copycat operators.
“We have become aware of a number of copycat operators that are
taking illegal and unfair advantage of the success of iconic brands such as
Penfolds,” Clarke said.
“The infringing products and misleading claims these operators are
making, and the association they falsely claim to have with our brands
are unconscionable. We are putting on notice any bad faith operators
in Australia – and anyone working with these operators – that this
exploitation will not be tolerated.
“There is no doubt that the Penfolds brand has played an instrumental
role in the success Brand Australia is enjoying overseas. With this success
comes the predatory behaviour of sophisticated copycat operators, which
is bad for consumers, bad for Australian brand owners and bad for the
Australian wine industry.
“What’s worse is that some of this copycat product is being made and
labelled in Australia – we must work to put a stop to this,” he added.
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