Key Fig­ures

Chang­ing Chi­nese con­sump­tion habits, an Ital­ian gem, a web­site fo­cused on beat­ing fraud, and grow­ing US de­mand for fine wine make James Suck­ling’s monthly news round-up

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life Wine -

Home Truths

A grow­ing trend of Chi­nese con­sumers buy­ing im­ported wine to drink at home is con­tribut­ing to Aus­tralia’s grow­ing ex­ports to the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a three-year study by the Ehren­berg-bass In­sti­tute for Mar­ket­ing Sci­ence, which is based at the Univer­sity of South Aus­tralia Busi­ness School. And more con­sumers are buy­ing wine on­line rather than in tra­di­tional brick-and-mor­tar shops, says Pro­fes­sor Larry Lock­shin, who led the re­search. The to­tal value of Aus­tralian wine ex­ports in­creased 14 per cent in 2015 to A$2.1 bil­lion. China, Aus­tralia’s third-largest ex­port mar­ket, reg­is­tered the strong­est growth. Wine ex­ports to the coun­try grew 66 per cent to A$370 mil­lion last year, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by Wine Aus­tralia.

Sas­si­caia Shines

Sas­si­caia seems to be on a roll at the mo­ment. I tasted the soon-to-be re­leased 2013 twice in Fe­bru­ary—once at the win­ery and once in Mi­ami at the Qual­ity Meats steak­house (I brought a bot­tle from Italy)—and both were su­perb. The 2013 seems to be a remix of the fan­tas­tic 2009 with won­der­ful struc­ture and depth. I am im­pressed with the tan­nin struc­ture of the 2013, which shows a firm and chewy mouth­feel yet an ev­erso-pol­ished tex­ture. This is a Sas­si­caia with a big fu­ture. It’s clearly bet­ter than the ex­cel­lent 2012 re­leased last year. I gave it 98 points.

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