AUSTRALIAN WINE TASTING by John McDonnell

1) History

–         Established 1825 – 1880,

–         Dark Days 1880 – 1950,

–         1960 to… Re emergence

2) Present

2400 producers, all states, but only 4% of worlds wine.

3) Regions

– Who does what, and where?

4) Wine Styles

Traditionally big and heavy, but moving towards lighter, fresher and brighter styles. Different varietals, winemaking styles, regions

5) Any other issues

– Label Integrity

– Export Analysis

– Carbon Footprint

– Drought/Flood

– Australia;World Class DVD

The following wines were tasted:

a) 2009 Clairault Sauvignon Blanc.

Margaret River.

b) 2008 Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Pinot Grigio.

South Eastern Australia.

c) 2007 Penfolds Thomas Hyland Chardonnay.

Adelaide.

d) 2004 Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Riesling.

Eden Valley.

e) 2002 Grant Burge The Holy Trinity GSM.

Barossa.

f) 2005 Voyager Estate Shiraz.

Margaret River.

g) 2002 Grosset Gaia.

Clare Valley.

For more information on Australian wine:    www.apluswines.com

AUSTRALIA – Regional Heroes Tasting on Thursday, 10th February at 6pm

At the United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2.

Regional Heroes are Wines and Producers that have blazed a trail for their region’s profile with varietal choice and/or style dictated, by who made them – where they were made, and why.

John Mc Donnell, Head of Wine Australia in Ireland highlighted wines that add and sustain interest for consumers by fostering a clear association between region, blends and variety/style – Challenging the perception that Australia is not just all about inter regional blends of Shiraz and Chardonnay.

Each of over30 attendees  received an interactive DVD  “From the grape to the glass” that provides over 100 illustrated fact sheets about Australian Wine, featuring winemaker interviews, restaurant service and educational videos about Australia’s regionally distinct wines.

John  spent time demonstrating the features of this incredibly valuable aid.

John is a maestro when it comes to presenting.

www.wineaustralia.com

John McDonnell, Head of Wine Australia in Ireland did an excellent tasting and power point presentation.

This was a tasting to remember.

19/02/2011 AOGorman.



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