What the dickens (Kansas colloquialism) is "cleanskin" negociants????
I probably didn't express this clearly.
a) Cleanskins, i.e. wines with nominal labels generally mentioning region and grape, but not producer. It's taken a chunk of the Aussie market already (bottom end of it, that is). It's the antithesis of the wine geek nature of our interest, however for newbies to wine, a wine sold mainly on a descriptive tasting note and at a low price, has devoloped some appeal. I'm not sure they actually offer the punters better value, but the idea has gained momentum over the last year or two.
b) Bottom-feeding negociants. Basically people following the cries of anguish from growers and winemakers, struggling to sell their wares. They'll be able to offer rock-bottom prices for fruit/wine and sell it under their own label. As against the traditional negociants who aim to build up a bond with their clients, I'm suggesting the new breed being more cut-throat and switching from one good deal to the next, picking off the weak.
These aren't necessarily nice predictions