With Christmas and summer almost upon us, supplier and off-premise festive drinks activity is heating up.
Drinks Trade asked Andrew Stark, General Manager – Marketing & Category ANZP, Accolade Wines, for the lowdown on the latest trends in the off-premise and what’s driving retail growth.
Click here to read what he had to say.
And here’s what’s new on the market …
ALDI has upped its festive offering from last year’s wine and beer advent calendars, adding Christmas gin crackers and baubles to the mix.
The supermarket notes: “It’s no secret though that the spirit of the season is gin. That’s why this year we have created a few more gin-focused products including baubles and crackers.
“What’s not to love about a Christmas tree decorated in gin?”
The Lakes Christmas Gin Baubles set is priced at $34.99, with six baubles containing Gin, Sloe Gin Liqueur and Damson Gin Liqueur.
Each of the Christmas Gin Crackers ($39.99) has its own individual miniature 50ml bottle of premium British gin inside
Grant Burge has released a Sparking Rosé just in time for summer and the festive season.
Tapping into the increasing popularity of Sparkling Rosé, the wine is crafted with the same style as the popular Grant Burge Sparking Pinot Noir Chardonnay, the new Rosé is rich, refined and complex.
Grant Burge NV Pinot Noir Chardonnay Rosé is made from fruit grown in the elevated and cool climate regions of the Adelaide Hills, Alpine Valley and Eden Valley.
It’s available from October 2019 at Liquorland, First Choice, Vintage Cellars and Independent Liquor Retailers nationally at RRP $29.99 (750ml).
In celebration of its 160th anniversary, Rutherglen’s Morris wines has introduced a new range and refreshed its label and packaging design to commemorate its family winemaking legacy.
The CHM range is dedicated to Charles Henry Morris, fourth generation winemaker and father of current Chief Winemaker David Morris. They are the most premium range of table wines available within the Morris wines range, with grapes carefully selected from premium dry-grown estate vineyards in the Rutherglen region.
In addition, David Morris (above) has crafted a commemorative Old Premium Rare Tawny honouring generations of tradition and skill in creating fortified wines. Using a blend of materials dating back to the early 1940s, this Rare Tawny is a harmony of aged character and freshness.
Thatchers Gold medium dry cider is relaunching in Australia in time for spring/summer 2019.
Australians will be able to purchase the new look cans in Dan Murphy’s stores and expand their cider knowledge with the Thatchers Gold cider cart, which will be travelling up along the East Coast this summer as part of the Cider Discovery Tour.
The Thatchers Gold cider cart will be popping-up in locations across Melbourne, Byron Bay, Sydney and Queensland with ambassador Ben Irons sharing his knowledge on Thatchers Gold food pairings and cocktail creations.
Jimmy Brings has collaborated with Australian band Winston Surfshirt to release White Crumble Sauvignon Blanc.
The label of the new Sauvignon Blanc, and name of the variety was designed exclusively by Winston and Bustlip, and labelled to reﬂect their album release.
White Crumble will be available for free delivery (via code CRUMBLE) for a limited time from November 14, across Sydney and Melbourne, via downloading the Jimmy Brings app.
Finally, Cellarmasters has just launched a rosé wine subscription to help fans discover – and taste – a wide range of rosé styles and varieties.
The subscription includes a case of three types of rosé wines selected by experts and delivered three times a year, for $12.99 per bottle by the case.
The first case included rosé wines from France, Hunter Valley (NSW) and Fleurieu Peninsula (SA).