Smidge Wines and Smashing Bottles Partner For Queensland and Northern NSW Distribution

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A small batch winemaker with a big reputation will work with the leading wine distributor in Australia’s second largest and fastest growing wine market.

'The wines are superb and show just how talented Matt Wenk is.' - Paul Morgan, Smashing Bottles

Smidge Wines and Smashing Bottles have announced a wine distribution partnership in Queensland and Northern NSW. Smashing Bottles is arguably the leading distributor in Australia’s second largest, and fastest growing wine market, while Smidge Wines is the private label of renowned winemaker Matt Wenk. Wenk is known internationally for crafting premium Shiraz, in particular from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. After leaving Two Hands Wines a year ago, where Wenk achieved an unmatched global record of 10 consecutive entries in Wine Spectator’s Top 100, he has focused on Smidge Wines, continuing his passion for small batch winemaking.

Paul Morgan, one of Smashing Bottle’s directors, said of the partnership,‘We are very excited about representing Smidge Wines in Queensland. The wines are superb and show just how talented Matt Wenk is. The whole range completely over-delivers for their respective price points and the packaging is second to none.’

Matt Wenk commented that ‘this agreement marks an exciting new chapter for Smidge Wines, to partner with the high quality and energetic Smashing Bottles team is significant, not only for our goals in Queensland, but also for the wider Australian market.'

More Information about Smashing Bottles

Smashing Bottles (http://www.smashingbottles.com.au/) is known as Queensland's specialist wine wholesaler. In an industry dominated by multi-nationals and a starchy corporate culture, Smashing Bottles is committed to a catalogue of modern classic wines and emerging brands coupled with a genuinely fresh approach. Kris Stapleton and Paul Morgan are the owners of the business, with more than twenty-five years collective experience in the wine industry.

Phil Rigden joined the sales team in April 2009 after a long stint with Fine Wine Partners, formerly Tucker Seabrook. Lindsay Baker joined the Smashing Bottles team in September 2011, after a stint at Negociants Australia.

More Information about Smidge Wines and Matt Wenk

Australia's most prestigious wine publication - James Halliday's 2015 Australian Wine Companion - has awarded Smidge Wines a 5 Star Winery Rating, with some highlights including 96 Points for Smidge’s 2010 Barossa Valley 'S', 94 Points for its 2012 Adamo, and 94 Points for its 2013 Pedra Branca Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc.

Matt Wenk has become recognised as one of Australia’s foremost winemaking talents. He came to prominence as the chief winemaker at Two Hands Wines. Over the past dozen years, Wenk has gone on to become internationally celebrated in winemaking, with a globally-unmatched achievement of 10 consecutive spots in Wine Spectator’s top 100, including five positions in the top 11 and a number two position. He has had more than 300 wines rating greater than 90 points in esteemed publications such as the Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellar, Wine Spectator and Halliday’s Wine Companion.

Since July 2013, Matt has focused on his private label, Smidge Wines, (http://smidgewines.com) where he creates original, small batch, barrel-selected wines. "I think we just row our own boat, really. We never want to emulate anyone else, or do what they're doing. We have our own philosophies," Wenk said.

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