AAVWS Talk & Taste – Vive la France

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Presented by NSW Department of Primary Industries

Friday 10 November 2017

Venue Mildura Workingmans Club, Function Room, Upstairs 100-110 Deakin Ave, Mildura
Time 1pm – 5pm
Cost $110pp
Bookings essential

It’s no secret our wine production is built on a bunch of mostly French grape varieties that now dominate the mainstream think shiraz, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc. However, there are many more Gallic grapes in Australian vineyards, some have been around for more than a century, others are just coming onto the scene. Talk & Taste 2017 Vive la France will focus on the ‘other’ French grapes, their history and potential in Australian viticulture and winemaking.

SESSION ONE – At the Avant-Garde

Nick Dry, Yalumba Nursery

Yalumba Nursery is at the forefront of sourcing some of the most exciting French varieties, and nursery manager/viticulturist Nick Dry will profile some of them in this detailed session. He’ll also reveal what varieties are making a play for Australian wine lists while exploring the diversity and potential of others. The French organisation ENTAV-INRA is recognised as having the world’s largest repository of clonal material taking in some 350 varieties and 1160 registered clones, and as its Australian agent, Yalumba Nursery has access to it all. Nick will explain the ins-and-outs of ENTAV-INRA’s clonal selection program and why it’s important to seek out the best vine material when considering new or renewed plantings.


SESSION TWO – What’s Old is New

Jane Faulkner, Alan George (Tahbilk, Vic), Fiona Donald (Seppeltsfield, SA), Louisa Rose (Yalumba, SA), Eddie McDougall (The Flying Winemker, HK), Tony Harper (Wine Writer & Wine Retailer, Qld)

The 19th century French critic and writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once noted: ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’, which translates to ‘the more it changes, the more it stays the same’. This session takes its lead from that idea. We’ll reconsider those mostly French grapes long planted in Australian soil and for longer than most of the varieties that now feature at the AAVWS but for some reason have never quite taken centre stage. We will also consider styles such as apera and other fortifieds, once the foundation and heart of the Australian wine scene, but have dwindled in production and consumption to such an extent they are now part of the AAVWS.

Chief of judges, Jane Faulkner will host this discussion and tasting presented by an expert panel. Joining her is Yalumba’s chief winemaker Louisa Rose, who helped put viognier on the Australian wine map, Alan George, winemaker at the historic Tahbilk in Victoria, whose Rhone whites are the nation’s most awarded, Fiona Donald, winemaker at Seppeltsfield, a winery James Halliday regards ‘as the greatest showpiece of the Barossa Valley’,  Tony Harper, charismatic wine writer and leading independent wine retailer from Brisbane and Hong Kong-based Eddie McDougall, the show’s 2017 international judge, who will add insight from his experience promoting Australian wine in Asia and more.

Eventbrite - 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show


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