Sour grapes

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21st February, 2013
Judging by their recent comments in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia’s winemakers are struggling to accept the runaway popularity of New Zealand sauvignon blanc in their domestic market. After pouring a glass of Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – the biggest-selling white wine in Australia – Bruce Tyrrell sipped, then winced: “Acid!” Another prominent Hunter Valley winemaker declared, “It’s the McDonald’s of wines.” What are they grizzling about? Sauvignon blanc now outsells chardonnay and riesling in Australia, but only 9% of the wine Australians ...

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