Wine Australia was in town recently to talk to local importers of Australian wines. In conjunction with this event, it took the opportunity to organize a masterclass presentation on the history and evolution of Australian wines and a tasting session for local wine trade merchants and professionals.
Mr Aaron Brasher (Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Wine Australia) and Mr Hiro Tajima (Regional Manager Asia, Wine Australia) were at hand during the masterclass and tasting session to share with local wine folks their views on Australian wines.
The tasting segment had wines under 2 categories; one the ‘History’ line up and the other the 'Evolution' line up. The History line up showcased several interesting wines which local wine enthusiasts will be familiar with in their wine journey; namely Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon 2008, Leewin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2012, Yarra Yering Dry red No 1 2008, d’Arenberg Dead Arm Shiraz 2010, Wynns Michael Shiraz 2009 and Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz 2008.
These are some of the 'notable' names one grows up with hearing and tasting as one explores Australian wines. When I was starting my wine journey and asking for wine recommendations, these labels were oft mentioned by wine enthusiasts back then as wines one should try when the opportunity arises. These are wines known for quality, consistency and 'familiar in consumers' mind.
The Evolution line up was interesting for the new opportunites it offers. It conveys a sense of hope that not only cabernet sauvignon, merlot, shiraz, chardonnay and semillon varietals are recognized and recommended. There's room for other varietals and newer wine regions as well.
Dal Zotto Prosecco NV, Scott Wines Fiano 2013 and La Prova Sangiovese 2013 highlights wines with Italian pedigree. Gemtree Luna Roja Tempranillo 2014 and Tar and Roses Tempranillo 2013 recognizes Spanish lineage.
Arras Grand Brut Reserve 2005, Tolpuddle Chardonnay 2013, Tolpuddle Pinot Noir 2013, Ministry of Clouds Chardonnay 2013 and Ministry of Clouds Grenache 2013 acknowledge the growing importance and recognition of Tasmania as a cool climate wine producing region.
For local wine enthusiasts, there's hope for new experiences yet within the Australian wine scene.
For more pictures of this event, go to the following link: Pictures of Wine Australia Masterclass and Tasting