Wine Industry Trends For 2019

5 Wine Industry Trends To Look Out For In 2019

Calling all wine lovers! If you’re more than a little fond of red, white, sparkling, international or homegrown Australian wines, you’ll love our latest post. In this article, we explore our favourite wine industry trends we’re predicting for 2019. Here are our top 5 wine industry trends for 2019.

 

#1 The Charm of Cava

Why it’s gaining popularity in 2019:

A delicious sparkling wine from Spain, cava wines are set to skyrocket in popularity in Australia throughout 2019. A refreshing alternative to champagne, this style of wine can taste fruity or nutty, depending on the wine’s age.

Where cava wines come from:

About 95% of all cava wines are produced in the Penedès region in Catalonia, Spain. Cava is also produced in Aragon, Castile and León, Extremadura, La Rioja, Basque Country, Navarre and Valencia.

Which varieties of grapes are used:

Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel·lo grape varieties can be used to create white (blanc) or rosé (rosat) wines.

Taste:

The base of cava blends: Macabeo (white) grapes add a rich base of ripe, exotic citrus with waxy floral notes such as bergamot and chamomile.

Mid-palate texture and body: Parellada (white) grapes taste of citrus fruits and fresh nutty notes.

Xarel·lo (white) grapes add tart freshness with underripe, demure citrus and apple fruit aromas.

To make cava rosé wine, the wine will use Garnacha and Monastrell red grapes to create an antique peach hue and peachy-floral aromas.

Vintage and aged cava will have a deep body of nutty and toasty flavour with baked notes of apple and almond.

Suggested wines:

Cava Mas Père Brut – Penedès, Cataluña

 

#2 The Rosé Revolution

Why it’s gaining popularity in 2019:

Rosé is a delicate, vibrant wine renowned for its fruity and floral taste and especially beloved in the Australian summer. Winemakers craft rosé wine by staining the wine red with red grape skins (the source of the red pigment) for a precise amount of time. Any kind of red wine grape, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo or Malbec, can be used to produce rosé wine.

Where rosé wines come from:

Rosé is a popular style of wine produced in countries such as France, Chile and Spain.

Taste:

The primary flavours in rosé wine include red fruit, flowers, citrus and melon. Ultimately, the taste will depend on the type of grapes used.

Suggested wines:

  • 83 Rosé de Provence (Grenache, Cabernet and Cinsault) – Provence, France
  • Maquis Rosé (Malbec) – Colchagua Valley, Chile
  • Edulis Rosé (Tempranillo) – Rioja, Spain

#3 Sauvignon Blanc

Why it’s gaining popularity in 2019:

Sauvignon blanc is known for its aromatic and smooth taste with a refreshing, fruit-driven taste full of tropical characters.

Where Sauvignon Blanc wines come from:

Australia is world-renowned for its elegant sauvignon blancs. Sauvignon blanc grapes thrive well in cool climates such as Adelaide Hills (South Australia), Margaret River and Pemberton (Western Australia), Yarra Valley, King Valley and Goulburn Valley (Victoria), Orange (New South Wales) and Tasmania.

Taste:

The primary flavours range from zesty lime to flowery peach, crisp green apple to grapefruit, gooseberry and passionfruit, and cut grass.

Suggested wines:

  • Quinta de Aves ‘Alauda’ (Moscatel, Sauvignon Blanc) – Tierra de Castilla, Spain
  • Terroir (Tehr-Wahr) (Sauvignon Blanc) – Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Sancerre Cantin ‘Les Pier Blancs’ (Sauvignon Blanc) – Loire Valley, France
  • Woody Nook Semillon (Sauvignon Blanc) – Margaret River, Western Australia

 

#4 The Tempranillo Taste

Why it’s gaining popularity in 2019:

Australian wine lovers are becoming infatuated with Tempranillo wines, attracted to its easy drinking style and ability to match with a variety of delicious foods, including Spanish tapas.

Where Tempranillo wines come from:

Tempranillo grapes are cultivated in Spain, especially the Rioja region. According to popular belief, this type of grape was introduced to the Iberian peninsula by the Phoenicians more than 3,000 years ago. The name, Tempranillo, comes from the Spanish temprano, meaning “early,” since this type of grape ripens before other native Spanish grapes.

Taste:

Tempranillo’s dominant flavours include cherry, dried fig, cedar and tobacco, which can become deeper and darker with ageing. Typically, tempranillo wines from Rioja and Navarra provide pepper, red cherry and subtle cinnamon notes, while wines from Ribera del Duero in Castilla-León are deeper and darker with more blackberry flavours and intense tannins.

Suggested wines:

  • Neo ‘Vivir, Vivir’ (Tempranillo) – Ribera Del Duero, Spain
  • Castillo Clavijo (Tempranillo) – Rioja Spain
  • Habla Del Silencio (Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet, Sauvignon) – Trujillo, Extremadura
  • Neo ‘Disco’ (Tempranillo) – Ribera Del Duero, Castilla y León
  • Vizcarra ’15 Meses’ (Tempranillo) – Ribera Del Duero, Castilla y León
  • Neo Punta Esencia (Tempranillo) – Ribera Del Duero, Castilla y León

 

#5 Classic Chardonnay

Why it’s gaining popularity in 2019:

The popularity of chardonnay is soaring again in 2019, with Australian wine drinkers rekindling their chardonnay love affair.

Where Chardonnay wines come from:

Chardonnay wines are popularly grown in Spain, France, Australia and New Zealand.

Taste:

If you like the idea of creamy, rich white wine, you’ll love the classic style of oak-aged chardonnay wine. Oaked chardonnays are rich and full-bodied with vanilla, butter and caramel flavours. A cool climate chardonnay will taste buttery and citrusy, while a warm climate chardonnay will taste more tropical.

If you prefer your wines to be lean and dry, your perfect chardonnay is unoaked.

Suggested wines:

  • Castano Macabeo (Chardonnay) – Yecla, Murcia
  • Petit Chablis Pierre Laroche (Chardonnay) – Burgundy, France
  • Blackbilly (Chardonnay) – Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Sidewood Estate (Chardonnay) – Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Bensar ‘à l’état pur’ (Chardonnay) – Adelaide Hills, South Australia
  • Stella Bella ‘Serie Luminosa’ (Chardonnay) – Margaret River, Western Australia
  • Port Phillip Estate ‘Red Hill’ (Chardonnay) – Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • Lethbridge ‘Allegra’ (Chardonnay) – Geelong, Victoria
  • Man O War ‘Walhalla’ (Chardonnay) – Waiheke Island, New Zealand

 

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