A+ Wine Australia Trade Tasting

The Great Room, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2

Monday 28th May

Wine Australia Tasting on May 28th, 2012.

Our day will start with a Silent Hour (11am – 12noon), allowing you to focus on the wines without any distraction. If there is one hour to be with us, this is the one.

During the day we will host 2 master classes.

At 2.45pm, journalist Raymond Blake hosts Australian Semillon, a Hidden Gem, while at 4pm we host Australian Wine with Irish Food – Magnificent.

As you can imagine, places for both of these are very limited. If you wish to join either, or both, please book with me on Ireland@wineaustralia.com

For those short of time, our Riesling Focused Table and Chardonnay Tasting Trail allow you to concentrate on these two parts of the Australian wine portfolio.

If you plan to join us on the day, please use the following link to register.

John McDonnell

Regional Manager, Ireland

Wine Australia

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Ballyvaughan, Co Clare, Ireland

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Wine Australia Ireland

Wine Australia, Ireland is located in the pretty seaside village in Ballyvaughan in Co Clare. An apt location as this is the county that gave its name to the Clare valley in South Australia. Known as The King of the Clare, Edward Gleeson, left Sixmilebridge in Co Clare in 1850 on his way eventually to the Clare valley.

JohnEstablished originally in 1996 on a part-time basis, the office has grown to a 4 day a week position. The office is run by John Mc Donnell, a graduate of Shannon College of Hotel Management and the Adelaide University wine marketing programme. (One of the last to do his studies at the Roseworthy campus).

John spent 7 years in Australia (originally going on a one way ticket to see the Americas Cup in 1987), before returning to Ireland.

With his wife Sarah he ran the Whitethorn Restaurant and Craft shop in Ballyvaughan between 1994 and 2002, before concentrating his efforts with Wine Australia.

He has his Diploma in wine from the U.K. Wine and Spirit Trust, lecturers their courses on behalf of the Wine Development Board of Ireland and contributes to Wine Ireland magazine.

A+ Wine Australia Tasting 2012 Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin, Report


Wine Australia Ireland hosted it’s annual A+ Wine Australia Trade Tasting at the new venue of the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin’s city centre on Monday May 28th.
Following on from their intensive week of Riesling activities at the start of May, the blind focused table concentrated again on the variety, surely one of the great, and unique, strengths of the Australian wine portfolio. Proved to be a ‘must visit’ stand for most guests on the day. Full line up below.
The New Face of Australian Chardonnay Tasting Trail aimed to support, and illustrate, the contention of respected wine journalist Andrew Jefford that Chardonnay is in fact the greatest variety out of Australia atthe moment.
Journalist Raymond Blake lead off the series of master classes with a passionate plea for Semillon in Australian Semillon; a Hidden Gem.  Ever since visiting the Hunter Valley in 1997 I have been an avid fan of the unique, chalky‐dry‐in‐youth, toasty‐in‐age Semillons that are produced there, said Raymond. The line up included 3 Hunter wines, 2 from the Barossa and finished of with a botrytis offering.
Later in the afternoon sommeliers Anke Hartmann (The Cliff House), John Hoade (Beaufield Mews) and Damian Corr (The Cellar Restaurant), all recently returned from Australia, presented some personal and passionate thoughts on how Australian wine can work magnificently with Irish food. Their wine and food matchings below.
Some guest quotes from the day below.
Great tasting today, really enjoyed the event and the master classes were excellent ‐ especially the Food & Wine matching, which I think was a highlight for all who attended. Mike Finnegan, Wine Paradigm
Really enjoyed the tasting today. Very glad that I made the food and wine pairing, which was a real treat. A great panel, some beautiful wines and really great to try them with food. And very happy to join you flying the flag for Semillon, a great tasting lead by Raymond. Corinna Hardgrave, Irish Tattler
I found the master class with Raymond Blake ‘Australian Semillon’ very educational and enlightening. It was great to be brought on a journey with Semillon in Australia and taste the different style from Barossa to Hunter Valley A very versatile wine that would suit a lot of events across the board. Very well organised and professional. Elizabeth Fox, The Hotel School, Galway ‐ Mayo Institute of Technology.
Mary O’ Callaghan, President Irish Guild of Sommeliers and Lecturer in Wine Studies, School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology, College of Arts and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin,1 complimented John McDonnell, Regional Manager, Ireland, Wines of Australia for providing an excellent tasting and seminars. The overall programme was very informative and should be of great assistance to sommeliers and the trade in general.
Oliver Murtagh, Vice President, Irish Guild of Sommeliers commented that this was an excellent event with a wide range of Australian wines on offer for tasting and seminars of a very high standard.
Thanks again for Monday ‐ a tasting of great breath and two excellent master classes ‐ the food and wine matching session was fantastic.
Brian Mangan, Irish Guild of Sommeliers
Wonderful day at the Australian wine tasting. The best part was the food and wine matching. The sommeliers did a great job, very informative and funny.                Andrzej Dasiak, Sommelier, Hodson Bay Hotel
John McDonnell, Regional Manager for Ireland said:
“Perhaps the glorious weather on the day made a dent on our overall numbers; however I was delighted with the quality of those who did join us at the Shelbourne. We’ve had most of the main wine writes join us here today, as well as a number of key restaurateurs. Our blind Riesling table was visited by the majority of guests during the day while our two master classes were both fully booed out and much appreciated. Many thanks to all the companies who took part, and especially to those principles who joined us on the day, very grateful for their support.”
For more information please contact John Mc Donnell in the Wine Australia Ireland office on Ireland@wineaustralia.com or on ++ 353 65 7077264
Australian Wine with Food – Magnificent.
2010 Jacobs Creek Steingarten Riesling
Oak Smoked Salmon, Mustard Emulsion
2010 Ferngrove Symbols Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Overnight Cherry Tomato and Goats Cheese Tartlet
2008 D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne
Chicken Skewers, Peanut Sauce
2005 Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon
Roast Rack of Wicklow Lamb
2009 Thorn Clarke Shotfire Quartage
Roast Rack of Wicklow Lamb
2006 Wirra Wirra The Dead Ringer Cabernet Sauvignon
Roast Rack of Wicklow Lamb
Grant Burge 10 year old Tawny
Croser Irish Blue Cheese
2011 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling
St Tola Irish Goats Cheese
2008 De Bortoli  Noble One Botrytis Semillon
Crème Brulee
Australian Semillon; a Hidden Gem
2005
Peter Lehmann Classic Semillon
Barossa Valley
2001
Peter Lehmann Reserve Semillon
Barossa Valley
2005
Mc Williams Elizabeth Semillon
Hunter Valley
2005
Mc Williams Lovedale Semillon
Hunter Valley
2000
Tyrrell VAT 1 Semillon
Hunter Valley
2007
Deen De Bortoli VAT 5 Botrytis Semillon
Riverina
Riesling Focused Table
Line up
2009
Peter Lehmann
Barossa Valley
2009
De Bortoli Windy Peak
Victoria
2010
Yalumba Y Series
South Australia
2010
Wirra Wirra Lost Watch
Adelaide Hills
2010
Plantagenet
Great Southern
2010
Thorn Clarke Milton Park
Eden Valley
2010
Grant Burge
Eden Valley
2010
Pewsey Vale
Eden Valley
2009
Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa
Eden Valley
2009
St Hallett
Eden Valley
2007
Peter Lehmann
Eden Valley
2003
Peter Lehmann Wigan
Eden Valley
2010
Jacobs Creek Steingarten
Barossa
2011
Wakefield Estate
Clare Valley
2011
Knappstein Handpicked
Clare Valley
2011
Mt Horricks Watervale
Clare Valley
2011
Grosset Springvale Watervale
Clare Valley
2011
Grosset Polish Hill
Clare Valley
2010
Tim Adams
Clare Valley
2008
Leasingham Bin 2
Clare Valley
2006
Petaluma
Clare Valley
2005
Wakefield Jarraman
Clare and Eden Valley

Damian Corr, The Cellar Restaurant, Merrion Hotel, Dublin,Anke Hartmann,The Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co. Waterford & John Hoade, Beaufield Mews Restaurant, Woodlands Avenue, Stillorgan, Co.Dublin.