DATELINE THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, 2010.
Today at the China region’s largest fine wine trade fair, the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, Australian family-owned Printhie Wines released to Asia its new range of super-premium Swift Family Heritage red wines.
World renowned expert on Australian wines, James Halliday said in his 2009-2010 Australian Wine Companion that “Printhie can fairly claim to be premier winery of the Orange Region”. As befitting the fast-growing region’s premier winery, the Swift Family Heritage range sits at the pinnacle of the Halliday Five Red Star rated producer’s reserve wines.
Consisting of the Swift Family Heritage 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2008 Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, the newly-released range exemplifies Printhie winemaker Drew Tuckwell’s highly awarded style. “The wines from Orange have distinct regional characters due to the cool climate, high elevation and volcanic soils. Ours are very exciting wines to make and exciting wines to drink”, said Tuckwell.
Joining the Swift Family Reserve range at the Hong Kong Fair are the 2005 Cellar Release Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2010 Shanghai International Wine Challenge “Best Red Wine” trophy winning 2007 Printhie Mountain Range Shiraz, the latter now only being available in limited quantities. These two wines, in particular, have been acknowledged as exemplary food wines for Shanghai-style and other Chinese cuisines.
Printhie and the Orange region are set for a great vintage in early 2011 after a cold and wet winter ended the drought. South-eastern Australia, including many of its best wine regions, has suffered from protracted drought for much of the last decade. Agricultural producers – and especially wine producers – have shown great character and determination to continue to produce high quality wine during such difficult times. Now the drought has ended.
“We have not experienced a wet winter like this for 10 years”, said Printhie owner James Swift. “We had fantastic rainfall and a bit of snow, the soil is wet. Spring has arrived the vines are growing beautifully.”
The whole Orange region is optimistic with grape growers reporting full water dams and a terrific start to the growing season. “All the growers that we buy grapes from are very optimistic about the 2010-2011 season. They are expecting normal yields of very high quality grapes and we are confident of producing very high quality wine”, said Printhie’s Director of Viticulture, Edward Swift.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
James Swift, Chairman, Printhie Wines, on mobile telephone +61 407 668 463, or visit the winery at the NSW Australian Stand at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, booth 3DB18, Hall 3 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between Thursday 4th November through to Saturday 6th November.
Printhie酒业集团主席James Swift，手机+61 407 668 463
Printhie on the web: printhiewines.com.au
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