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Berkmann Wine Cellars has completed the most comprehensive overhaul of its Australian agency portfolio for 15 years, replacing 85% of its existing lines.

The 60-plus wines represent eight regions, three states and 20 grape varieties, with prices from £5 to £50 and alcohol levels from 4.5% to 15.5%, with an average of below 13.5%.

Among the new line-up of exclusive agencies are Deakin Estate from Victoria, Fraser Gallop of Margaret River, McLaren Vale's Chapel Hill, Katnook Estate from Coonawarra and Langmeil from the Barossa.

Allegory of Western Australia, Deviation Road from Adelaide Hills and Lethbridge of Geelong complete the line-up of exclusives.

Berkmann said the new line-up showcased the Australian strengths of 'precisely defined regionality, a growing sense of elegance and restraint, a diverse range of grape varieties and a broad spectrum of winemaking styles.'

'Making such a major change to our portfolio in one fell swoop has been challenging, but I couldn't be happier with the result,' said company purchasing director Alex Hunt MW.

'Australian wine has progressed enormously in the last few years, and the whole team is delighted to be back at the cutting edge.'

Chapel Hill, Deakin Estate, Katnook Estate and Fraser Gallop's wines will be shown at the Australia Day Tasting tomorrow (26 January), and the whole range will be present at Berkmann's annual tasting at the Waldorf Hilton, Aldwych, on 8 March.

News item from Imbibe.com, 25-01-2012

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