A Taste of the Land Down Under – Day 2

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Discover the Country of Honour: Australia @ Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 with 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 today’s events:

EVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN GRENACHE
Australia is home to the oldest Grenache vines on the planet, but Grenache has historically taken a back seat to other varieties. This master class will look at the history and evolving reputation of varietal Grenache in Australia.

Grenache forms the backbone of classic red blends, partnering beautifully with Shiraz and Mourvedre and is one of the main varieties used for classic fortified wines and of course a standalone variety for delicious Rose wines. Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator AWSEC form Hong Kong and Fongyee Walker, MW will lead the conversation in this master class and concentrate on classic Grenache wine growing regions in Australia, including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. They will also discuss why Grenache is a variety that most faithfully expresses terroir and captures the unique combination of country, climate and culture in a glass, as well as what’s trending right now.

Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
Fongyee Walker, MW
10.00am to 11.30am
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110


THE AUSTRALIAN FIRST FAMILIES OF WINE UNLOCKED
The Australian First Families of Wine bring together the oldest Australian family owned, multi-generational wineries, who between them, have over 1380 vineyards in the world.

Australia’s First Families of Wine willtime outside of Australia. Presented by a panel featuring the families themselves, from a mix of generations, each will present their specially chosen wine from their own cellars, giving guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most recognised names to experience their most respected and revered wines. Hear the stories of success behind these iconic wines that have created the benchmark for Australian quality.

Australian First Families of Wine Family Members,
Mark Davidson, Education Manager US, Wine Australia
10.00am to 11.30am
Conference Room – Level 1, N101B


THE IMPACT OF EMERGING VARIETIES IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is renowned globally for its wines made from classic, typically French, grape varieties. In the last two decades however, we’ve seen increased plantings of an array of new-to-Australia varieties. Phil Reedman MW, a long-time advocate of these so-called ‘alternative varieties’ will lead a fascinating discussion and tasting to highlight the emerging stars of the Australian viticultural landscape.
From the coolest regions to the warmest regions, Australia’s vignerons have seized the opportunity to grow and vinify these alternative varieties. What motivates vignerons to pursue excellence with these varieties varies from seeking out a variety which offers some degree of climate change proofing, to the pure curiosity to see what a variety will produce when grown in an Australian region with a similar climate to its native region. This masterclass promises to give you a glimpse of Australia’s wine future.

Phil Reedman, MW
10.00am to 10.40am
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70


YARRA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON: A MODERN CLASSIC
Historically, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most important variety in the Yarra Valley, harking back to the 1830s when grapes were first planted by the pioneers of Yarra Valley wine.
While Chardonnay and Pinot Noir have eclipsed Cabernet Sauvignon in popularity over the last 20 years, Cabernet Sauvignon is making a comeback and is appreciated by those seeking wine with elegance and finesse. Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally recognised offering wines of pedigree, reflecting the belief of iconic wineries like Yarra Yering, Mount Mary and Yeringberg who planted this variety over 50 years ago. The more modern style of Cabernet is a wine of approachability at a younger age yet still with the power to age for many years.

Rob Dolan, Winemaker & Managing Director, Rob Dolan Wines
Charles Smedley, Winemaker, Mandala Wines
Ben Portet, Winemaker,
Dominique Portet, General Manager, Elmswood Estate
11.30am to 12.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70


MCLAREN VALE’S GREAT GRENACHE MASTER CLASS
Grenache is fast-becoming McLaren Vale’s most iconic variety. Passionate winemakers continue to produce highlyawarded Grenache wines that showcase the region’s climate, ancient soils and historic old vines with richness, aroma and vibrancy. Explore McLaren Vale’s climatic diversity through its premium internationally-recognised Grenache in a master class led by Senior Scientist and proud McLaren Vale winemaker, Wes Pearson.

Wes Pearson, Senior Scientist, AWRI
1:00pm to 1.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70


GRENACHE AND PORK BUN LUNCH TASTING
The world’s first and only Chinese Master Sommelier will present a fun and adventurous Grenache and Pork Bun lunch tasting not to be missed by foodies and Grenache lovers.
The aim of this master class is to demonstrate the gastronomic profile and flexibility of Australian Grenache hosted by two well-known Hong Kong based wine professionals. Discover Australian Grenache and Grenache blends that have a real brightness, purity of fruit and finesse from minimal intervention winemaking, which can be perfectly matched with Asian style cuisine such as Pork Buns.

Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
Yang Lu, MS
1.00pm to 2.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110


INTERPRETATIONS OF GRENACHE FROM THE STONEGARDEN VINEYARD, EDEN VALLEY
An exploration of the interpretation of four different Barossa winemakers on the same Grenache sourced grapes from the high altitude Stonegarden. A single vineyard, which is one of the oldest vineyards in Eden Valley, planted in the 1850s.

Amanda Longworth, BGWA,
Ling Cheong, AWSEC
2.30pm to 3.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70


MARGARET RIVER – INDIAN VS. SOUTHERN OCEAN: THE UNIQUE POSITION OF MARGARET RIVER, AN ICONIC CHARDONNAY REGION
The influence from the Southern Ocean and Indian Ocean to the north and west on the Margaret River vineyards is dramatic. In addition to the maritime influence, this master class will provide a comprehensive loo Join Leeuwin Estate winemaker, Tim Lovett and wine educator, Fongyee Walker MW will as they guide the discussion and tasting of Chardonnay from Clairault Estate, Vasse Felix, McHenry Hohnen, Cape Mentelle and Leeuwin Estate.

Tim Lovett, Winemaker, Leeuwin Estate
Fongyee Walker, MW
4.00pm to 4.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70


GRENACHE: BLENDS
Australia has been making blends of the southern Rhône varieties of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre for generations. Over the decades, growers and makers evolved a sumptuous and profoundly ripened expression of this blend, typically from Australia’s warmer regions and more specifically from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Yet Grenache remains something of an enigma in Australian wine.
Led by David Powell who was inspired by the more complex and savoury red wines of the Rhône, several Barossa makers took the Australian variant of this blend down an entirely new direction around twenty years ago. Seeking gentler textures, more perfume and reductive, charcuterie-like complexity, these makers began to craft the wines that today are still considered at the cutting edge of Australia’s ‘GSM’ blends. Today this blend has even ventured into several cooler regions.
In a tasting that explores the role of Grenache with other red varieties and illustrates the evolution of its blending in Australia with Shiraz and Mourvèdre, Jeremy Oliver introduces a combination of cutting edge and classic Australian wines, each with a point of difference and a story to tell.

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Writer, Presenter and Educator
4.00pm to 5.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110


CONFERENCE: GROWING DEMAND FOR AUSTRALIAN WINE
Growing affluence across many parts of Asia – especiallyand what has already been done to begin to address rapidly evolving consumer expectations. Moderated by Ian Ford (Nimbility, Founding Partner), the panel will include Wine Australia CEO, Andreas Clark, Chuan Zhou – Research Director at Wine Intelligence; Peter Dixon – Managing Director for Asia, Middle East, Africa and Global Travel Retail at Treasury Wine Estates; and Edouard Duval – CEO and Founder of East Meets West. As well as hearing what has been done, there will be a unique opportunity to understand their insights for the future of this dynamic part of the wine world. This discussion will stimulate further thoughts for brand development and distribution strategies across Asia.

Ian Ford, Founding Partner, Nimbility
Andreas Clark, Chief Executive Officer, Wine Australia
Chuan Zhou, Research Director, Wine Intelligence
Peter Dixon, Managing Director – Asia, Middle East, Africa & Global Travel Retail, Treasury Wine Estates
Edouard Duval, Chief Executive Officer, East Meets West Fine Wines
2.00pm to 3.30pm
Conference Room – Level 1, N101B