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Monday, 24 September 1906


Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Whether " Australian standard brandy " is the best article that we can produce is a matter of opinion. The clause provides that it must be distilled wholly from wine at not more than 40 degrees over proof, whereas Australian blended wine brandy must be distilled wholly from grape wine, and must contain not less than 25 per cent, of pure grape wine spirit, which has been distilled at a strength not exceeding 40 per cent, over proof. The latter article may be mixed with any spirit which has been distilled at a higher strength than 40 degrees over proof. There is no doubt that such a blend makes a very excellent brandy. To the taste of the people, it is very questionable whether it is not equal to Australian standard brandy. When brandy is distilled at not more than 40 degrees over proof, there is sp much flavouring matter - so much in the nature of so-called impurities - left in it, that it takes a considerable time to mellow down.Indeed, it is very questionable whether it ever mellows in the same way as does blandy, a portion of which has been distilled at more than 40 degrees over proof. The vignerons in South Australia asked that provision should be made for the manufacture of a blended brandy. I recollect the evidence of Mr. Seppelt on the question, and I know that in a letter which he subsequently wrote to the Tariff Commission, he pointed out the desirability of permitting this particular brandy to be produced instead of confining distillers to one standard. Under the clause in its present form we shall practically establish two standard brandies, one of which will be known as "Australian standard .brandy," and the other as " Australian blended wine brandy." The vignerons themselves have asked for this provision. They will be very particular that the spirit used in the







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