Tuesday, April 21, 2009

False advertising by Oz plonkers

Seems Oz wine growers were duped by their lead scientific agency wrongly growing and marketing a supposed niche variety that has just been confirmed to be common plonk. And a white at that.

Producers who thought they had bought the promising Spanish white wine variety albarino and poured marketing dollars into carving a niche for that variety, have been bottling the almost unheard of French variety savagnin blanc, not to be confused with sauvignon blanc.

A visiting French expert raised questions last year, and DNA testing has confirmed winemakers' worst nightmare. The material CSIRO sourced from Spain is savagnin.

Material had been imported in 1989 when there was no DNA typing available.

What else could I expect from an Australian? It's just not cricket.

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