A Taste of the Land Down Under – Day 3

Discover the Country of Honour: Australia @ Vinexpo Hong Kong 2018 with a Plethora of Master Classes and Conferences

Each day of Vinexpo sees a plethora of Australian wine master classes and conferences. Following is a list of today’s events:

Discover the unique terroir created by the change in elevation on Cool Climate Shiraz from Orange. Explore the unique character 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
10:00am to 10:40am
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70

The Shiraz Terroir Research Project is research collaboration between Australia’s National Wine and Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC), Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), funded by Wine Australia.
The project aims to define the sensory properties of Shiraz / Syrah wines from different regions across Australia. Having already been held in Melbourne and New York, this benchmarking blind tasting looks for correlations between the sensory properties of a relatively large and diverse set of Australian Shiraz wines, their chemical profiles and the climatic regions from which the grapes are sourced.
The tasting will enable sommeliers and other wine trade to characterise a selection of Australian Shiraz using a novel rapid comparative evaluation method called Pivot©Profile.

Wes Pearson, Senior Scientist, AWRI
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
Fongyee Walker, MW,
Mark Davidson, Education Manager US, Wine Australia
10.00am to 12.00pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110

McLaren Vale is fortunate to enjoy a mild, Mediterranean climate – with the influence of the Southern Ocean on our region’s vineyards, it’s the perfect combination of sun, soil and passionate experimental winemakers that produce wines from varieties that are synonymous with our Mediterranean neighbours.

Jennifer Lynch, MVGWTA
11.30am to 12.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70

Having just celebrated 50 years, Margaret River is a relatively young in terms of wine history but the region is one of the oldest in the world with ancient soils and unique biodiversity. The oceans to the north, west and south and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste ridge to the east provide a pristine environment and perfect winemaking ‘island’. This master class will provide a comprehensive look at the region’s Cabernet Sauvignon story, from the soils, maritime influence and unique Houghton clone, all which contribute to the region producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
Discover the unique Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon identity of elegance, balance and graceful age-ability that places Margaret River on the world stage of exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique identity will be contrasted with the region’s site diversity through the tasting and discussion of Cabernet Sauvignon from Deep Woods, Vasse Felix, Evans & Tate, Voyager Estate and Leeuwin Estate.

Tim Lovett, Winemaker, Leeuwin Estate
1.00pm to 1.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70

Australia is home to the some of the oldest vines in the world, which form the backbone of many iconic wines. New varieties and clones are being planted in many regions and are creating an exciting tapestry of flavours, textures and styles.
This Old Vines, Young Vines, New Wines master class, presented by winemaker’s Corinna Wright from Oliver’s Taranga and Christie Schultz from Turkey Flat will compare old and young vines. Both winemakers will share their personal stories and experiences identifying climatic and clonal selections, understanding vine age and the impact this has on viticultural and winemaking. This master class will be moderated by Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator from AWSEC Hong Kong.

Corrina Wright, Winemaker, Oliver’s Taranga
Christie Schulz, Proprietor, Turkey Flat Vineyards
Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
1.00pm to 2.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110

While Australia has a long and illustrious history of blending wines within and between regions, it’s not well known that most high-end Australian wines come from single vineyards. Coonawarra is no exception to this and is home to a significant number of single estate wines. Come and taste a range of special single vineyard and sub-regional wines from the home of the definitive Australian Cabernet.

Jeremy Oliver, Australian Wine Writer, Presenter and Educator
2.30pm to 3.10pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70

One could argue that the Yarra Valley is the epicentre of Australian Pinot Noir and deservedly so. The Yarra Valley is blessed with a cooler climate and differing soil types that allow Pinot Noir to express itself in many different ways. Winemakers have been on a quest to allow individual expressions of Pinot Noir, which lovers of this variety have been quick to embrace. An excellent food wine, that matches so well with pork and duck (including Asian inspired dishes like Peking Duck), makes it a popular wine in restaurants too. Don’t let the softer colour of Pinot Noir fool you; these are serious wines of purity, detail and power with a layered complexity that age so beautifully.

Meg Brodtmann, MW,
Franco D’Anna, Winemaker, Hoddles Creek Estate
Steve Flamsteed, Chief Winemaker, Giant Steps
Danny Kane, General Manager Sales Marketing & Hospitality, Oakridge Wines
Matthew Bahen, General Manager Sales Greater China, De Bortoli Wines
4.00pm to 4.40pm
Australian Wine Master Class Area – Level 1, BC-70

Australia has a rich and long legacy of fortified wine production dating back to the establishment of the original settlements. The unique fortified wine styles were the backbone of the Australian wine sector, which are still celebrated today. Australia produces the world’s finest Muscat, Topaque, Vintage and Tawny fortified wines, while some draw comparisons, Rutherglen Muscat and Topaque are unique and have no equal. Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator from AWSEC Hong Kong, will lead an informative discussion on the history and development of some of Australia’s most iconic and historic wines. This tasting will feature fortified wines from Australia’s traditional warmer climate areas, which are more suited to the richness and ripeness required to make classic Fortified wines and will explore some key points to success, which have contributed to Australian fortified wines winning international awards since 1870.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Australian wineries and winemakers who have put their stamp on Australian Classic fortified wines and to understand why age is so important and maintaining freshness and vitality in the wine is critical.

Corinne Mui, Senior Wine Educator, AWSEC
Eliza Brown, Winemaker, CEO, All Saints Estate
Wendy Killeen, Chief Executive, Stanton & Killeen
4.00pm to 5.30pm
Academy Room – Level 1, N109-110