A Taste of the Land Down Under

Discover the Country of Honour: Australia @ Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018

Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 is to host one of the world’s most exciting wine-producing countries as Country of Honour this year: Australia, in partnership with Wine Australia. The Vinexpo Academy Program will be rich in Australian wine tastings and feature the Australian First Families of Wine in an Inaugural Unlocked Master Class.

This exceptional master class will be presented for the first time outside of Australia on May 30th (10:00 – 11:30) and trigger much anticipation. Australia’s First Families of Wine’s (AFFW) will be unlocking their cellars to share their aged family jewels in this master class. The AFFW’s panel will feature different generations of the families themselves and each will present their specially chosen wine from their own cellars. They will give Vinexpo’s visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most recognized names and experience their most respected and revered wines.

REPRESENTED WINERIES: BROWN BROTHERS – CAMPBELLS – D’ARENBERG – DEBORTOLI – HENSCHKE – HOWARD PARK – JIM BARRY WINES – MCWILLIAM’S – TAHBILK – TYRRELL’S WINES – WAKEFIELD TAYLORS WINES – YALUMBA

This inaugural international tasting event will emphasize the quality, depth and breadth of premium Australian wine coming from the most iconic vineyards in the world. It will be the perfect occasion to gain an in-depth understanding of the role played by AFFW and how they bring together the oldest Australian family owned, multi-generational wineries, who between them, have over 1380 years of winemaking experience.

A PLETHORA OF MASTER CLASSES AND CONFERENCES

Each day of Vinexpo will see a plethora of Australian wine master classes and conferences. Following is a list of events on DAY ONE of the show, Tuesday 29th May:

OCEANS, ALTITUDE AND ATTITUDE: CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN PINOT NOIR

The challenges of growing and vinifying high-quality Pinot Noir are well documented. Site and climate play a crucial role in shaping character, but these are just two of the numerous variables at play.
It appears certain that the very best Pinot Noir wines are influenced by the cooling effect of either elevation or ocean breezes, but this alone is no guarantee of quality – fanatical attention to detail in the vineyard and winery are required. Phil Reedman, MW and Wine Australia’s Education Manager Mark Davidson have selected a stellar line-up of wines for this landmark tasting. A range of wines which showcase the character and quality of the most exciting regions and the finest producers of Australian Pinot Noir.

Phil Reedman, MW
Mark Davidson, Education Manager US, Wine Australia
10.00am to 11.30am
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110

A CELEBRATION OF 2017 BAROSSA WINE SHOW TROPHY WINNERS

For over forty years the Barossa Wine Show has been a key element in building best practice winemaking and wine quality in the Barossa. This masterclass highlights the diversity of the Barossa’s rare and distinguished wine offer, through these trophy-winning wines from the 2017 show.

James March, Chief Executive, BGWA
Ling Cheong, Assistant General Manager, AWSEC
10:00am to 10:40am
Australian Wine Master Class Area, Level 1, Stand BC-70

COONAWARRA CABERNET: A TERROIR FOR CELLARING

Coonawarra and Cabernet were made for each other and this combination is made for your cellar. Its limestonebased soils and proximity to the Southern Ocean give Coonawarra natural advantages envied by Cabernet growers around the world. They facilitate the making of elegant medium to full-bodied Cabernet-based reds of longevity and complexity – the choice of wine collectors everywhere.

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Writer, Presenter and Educator
11.30am to 12.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area, Level 1, Stand BC-70

LANGTON’S CLASSIFICATION

Australia’s 19th century colonial vine stock heritage is one of the most fascinating stories in the world of wine. Before the spread of phylloxera into Europe during the 1850s, Australia’s early settlers collected grape vines in the form or seeds and cuttings from their travels through Spain, France and Italy.
Many early Australian vines can be traced back to Madiera, Rio de Janiero and the Cape of Good Hope. Through the prism of Langton’s Classification of Australian wine, Andrew Caillard, MW will discuss the rich history of Australia’s classic grape varieties, the transmission of colonial vine stock material and the development of a truly brilliant Australian wine aesthetic. Through generations of effort, hardships, visions and luck, Australia’s fine wine scene offers a unique, evocative and unparalleled experience. The tasting comprises many of Australia’s great wines of the 21st century, and illustrates the enduring quality and identity of the country’s wine regions and distinctive house styles.

Andrew Caillard, MW
1.00pm to 2.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110

AGEING AUSTRALIANS 2018

Hosted by Master of Wine, Phil Reedman, this session delves into an underappreciated but important topic: the cellar-worthiness of white wines from Australia.
The ability of a wine to mature for ten years or more is frequently cited as a criterion of Greatness. Can Australian white wines achieve this benchmark? This tasting, featuring current vintage wines compared with a cellared version of the same wine will provide the answer. This tasting provides a unique opportunity to track the development curve through the lens of two classic Australian white wine styles: Hunter Valley Semillon and Nagambie Lakes Marsanne.

Phil Reedman, MW
1.00pm to 1.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area, Level 1, Stand BC-70

COAST TO COAST: AN EXPLORATION OF AUSTRALIAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of Australian wine’s remarkable success stories, with original vines arriving in the mid 1800’s. Over the years, Cabernet Sauvignon has become an essential part of Australian wine heritage, highlighting regionality and varietal qualities as a single variety, but also being an important blending component.
This master class, presented by Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC Hong Kong, will provide a snapshot of the elegance, character and charm of top quality Cabernet Sauvignon grown in four distinct Australian wine regions with varying climates.
Each of the wines that will be tasted are from winemakers who have taken Australian Cabernet Sauvignon to the new level, creating a premium wine, that would be an asset to any collector’s long-term collection.

Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
2.30pm to 3.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area, Level 1, Stand BC-70

UNIQUE AUSTRALIAN TERROIRS DISCUSSION PANEL

Australia’s pioneer vignerons of the 19th century were intent on selecting distinguished sites for vineyards and matching variety to environment well before the word terroir entered the fine wine lexicon.
These days, the concept of terroir is a much-debated topic. This special tasting revisits some of those 19th century sites as well as exploring distinguished site vineyards in Australian wine regions established and reestablished since 1960, demonstrating and explaining why they are distinguished sites for their chosen variety. Winemaker Brian Croser, AO will lead this discussion joined by Phil Reedman, MW, Andrew Caillard, MW and Fongyee Walker, MW. Each panellist has selected two wines to showcase the diversity, character and quality of site specific Australian wines.

Dr. Brian Croser, AO, Winemaker,
Phil Reedman, MW,
Andrew Caillard, MW
Fongyee Walker, MW
4.00pm to 5.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110

A REGIONAL FOCUS ON ORANGE: WINE ABOVE THE SNOW LINE

Discover the Unique Terroir created by the change in elevation on Cool Climate Chardonnay from Orange. Explore the unique characters of this variety as the elevation of the region moves from 600 to 1100 metres above sea level.

Yvonne Cheung, Director of Restaurants, Swire Hotels, Hong Kong
4.00pm to 4.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area, Level 1, Stand BC-70

CONFERENCE: ENSURING AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY OF AUSTRALIAN WINE

Australia’s wine regulatory system is world class. Wine Australia’s label integrity program and strict export controls underpin the system and ensure that wine exported from Australia is authentic. Recent changes to the regulations have strengthened Wine Australia’s ability to prevent the export of ‘copycat’ wine brands and to cancel licences where wine is exported from Australia that has the potential to undermine the integrity of Australia’s wine export industry. This conference will provide an overview of the Australian wine regulatory system and explain the recent changes to the export controls.

Rachel Triggs, General Counsel, Wine Australia
3.30pm – 4.30pm