Palm Bay International welcomes Tempus Two fine wines from Australia to portfolio
(June 2017) – Leading U.S. wine & spirits importer Palm Bay International and Australian Vintage Ltd. - a leading Australian wine company started by the McGuigans, one of the country’s most iconic and revered wine families - are pleased to announce a new partnership with the introduction of Tempus Two. This marks Palm Bay’s re-entry into the Australian wine category, which has recently shown signs of growth, particularly at the premium and above level.
Tempus Two continues the McGuigans’ rich history as a contemporary fine wine project born of their pioneering excellence. Founded in 1997 and backed by four generations of winemaking heritage, Tempus Two comprises two ranges, sourcing fruit from Australia’s premium terroirs, including Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills, to craft wines with both substance and style.
The Varietal Series (SRP: $14.99) includes a Sauvignon Blanc sourced from premium vineyards in cooler climate Adelaide Hills and the eastern ranges of the Barossa Valley and a Shiraz produced from famed South Australia vineyards such as Langhorne Creek and Adelaide Hills. The Copper Series (SRP: $19.99) includes Copper Wilde Chardonnay, a portion of which undergoes a natural fermentation from Hunter Valley and Adelaide Hills; Copper Shiraz, co-fermented with Viognier to produce a softer style from Langhorne Creek; and the vibrant, flavorful Copper GSM blend from Barossa Valley.
Marc D. Taub, President & CEO of Palm Bay International, remarked, “Although recent trends in premium Australian wine have been mixed, we believe that with the many changes in the make-up of the Australian category, stand out brands can break through in a class with tremendous size and resilience. We are delighted to introduce these exceptional new entries to our portfolio with a partner that, like our own company, boasts a long history of strong family involvement.”
“I’ve long admired Palm Bay and the Taub family - the footprint they have created with Italian wines is truly amazing and that performance does not come about by pure chance. Palm Bay has a group of dedicated and experienced executives, sales and marketing professionals who we believe can truly drive the Australian category through our Tempus Two brand,” commented Neil McGuigan, CEO Australian Vintage Ltd. “We look forward to working together to create something that is truly exciting for the United States consumer.”
Tempus Two wines are currently rolling out nationwide.
About Wemyss Tempus Two
Tempus Two was founded in 1997 by the McGuigans, whose winemaking history dates back four generations to 1880. Steeped in rich, Hunter Valley tradition, McGuigan family winemakers have made wine their life and demonstrate a constant and deep commitment to producing some of the finest wines on the market. The approach is simple: the best regions, the best varieties.
About Palm Bay International:
Palm Bay International, a dynamic family-owned company, offers one of the nation’s most comprehensive portfolios of imported wines and spirits, including over 50 suppliers from around the globe. Among Palm Bay’s most valued assets is its remarkable network of long-term partnerships with the foremost wholesale companies in all 50 states, as well as the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. With the crucial collaboration of these partners, Palm Bay’s portfolio is able to meet the needs of every level of the industry, from independent restaurants and retail stores, to chain accounts, supermarkets, hotels, airlines, cruise ships, duty-free accounts and U.S. military bases. This impressive roster of brands, accounts and relationships positions Palm Bay as a major source of fine wines and spirits and an industry leader in the U.S. marketplace. For more visit: www.palmbay.com.
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