In brief

Decanter - - A MONTH IN WINE -

■ Eng­land’s bumper 2018 vin­tage has caused stor­age chal­lenges for some UK wine­mak­ers. Charles Simp­son of Simp­sons Wine Es­tate in Kent said his team were ‘des­per­ately try­ing to find more tanks’. He also urged the English wine in­dus­try to work more col­lab­o­ra­tively in or­der to cope with a ‘scale prob­lem’ in many UK winer­ies, high­lighted by this year’s in­creased yields.

■ Bode­gas Tor­res has opened a new win­ery in Cat­alo­nia’s Costers del Se­gre DO to pro­vide a per­ma­nent home for its Pur­ga­tori wine, a blend of Car­iñena, Gar­nacha and Syrah. Named Dester­rats, the es­tate dates back to 1770 and was once owned by Montser­rat Abbey.

■ English sparkling wine pro­ducer Nyetim­ber has launched its 1086 range, aim­ing to ri­val pres­tige cu­vée Cham­pagne. The white 2009 and rosé 2010 sparkling wines – blends of Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Me­u­nier – will only be pro­duced ‘in a year that has all the right stuff,’ said head wine­maker Cherie Spriggs.

■ Ti­bet is home to the ‘world’s high­est vine­yard’, ac­cord­ing to Guin­ness World Records. The aptly named Pure Land & Su­per-high Alti­tude Vine­yard sits at 3,563.31m in the Lhasa river val­ley, com­pris­ing 66.7ha of land un­der vine, in­clud­ing Vi­dal, Mus­cat and an in­dige­nous ice wine va­ri­ety, Bei Bing Hong.

■ UK gin sales and ex­ports ex­ceeded the £ 2 bil­lion mark in the 12 months to the end of June 2018, ac­cord­ing to the Wine and Spir­its Trade As­so­ci­a­tion, as ex­ports hit £ 532m. WSTA CEO Miles Beale pre­dicted a ‘£ 3bn gin em­pire by the end of 2020’.

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