Australia Day Tasting 2017 London
Australia Day Tasting 2017 London
Australia Day Tasting London 2017 24 Jan 2017
B1, Bloomsbury Square London, WC1B 4DA
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The ADT in London on 24 January was the UK’s biggest trade tasting of Australian wine to date, with nearly 1100 wines from 230 wineries. 

Over 900 visitors from across the UK and Europe attended. 30 winery principals also flew in from Australia to pour their wines - Tim Adams, Kym Milne MW, Jane Campbell, Franklin Tate, Rory Lane, Damian North and Trina Smith amongst others. 

The tasting showcased the quality, diversity and innovation of Australian wine. All styles of Australian wine were on show and prices (£RRP) ranged from £3.75 up to £160 a bottle. Visitors tried the latest vintages of Australia’s most iconic fine wines, including Penfold’s St Henri Shiraz, Clonakilla’s Shiraz Viognier and Henschke’s Julius Riesling, as well as new-wave artisan wines from the likes of Gembrook Hill, Mac Forbes and Ministry of Clouds.

With more exhibitors, new wineries, product launches and a new venue, there was a lot to talk about at this year’s exciting ADT.

Laura Jewell MW, Wine Australia Head of Market EMEA, said:

“This Australia Day Tasting in London really highlighted the diversity of Australian wine and reinforced the country’s reputation as a premium wine producer. As our biggest UK event to date, it was a great success and I’d like to raise a toast to the 230 wineries that joined us.”

Master classes

The main trade tasting was enhanced by three themed master classes allowing guests to have a full day of immersion into Australian wine. Marty Edwards (The Lane) and Dan Coward (Shaw + Smith) shone a light on the diversity of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay. Wine Australia’s Mark Davidson and Emma Symington MW considered how well Australian Riesling, Marsanne and Semillon can age in their Australia’s Age-worthy Whites session. And Sarah Ahmed explored McLaren Vale’s Great Grenache.

24 January 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Presented by
Marty Edwards (The Lane) and Dan Coward (Shaw + Smith)

Presented by Marty Edwards (The Lane) and Dan Coward (Shaw + Smith), this master class explored the diversity and elegance of Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.  A leader in “New Australian – New Wave” Chardonnay, the Adelaide Hills is producing bright, stylish wines which challenge the traditional assumptions and rival the very best Chardonnays in the world. 

1:00pm – 2:00pm Australia’s Age-Worthy Whites
Australia’s Age-Worthy Whites
Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Presented by
Mark Davidson and Emma Symington MW

Wine Australia’s Mark Davidson and Emma Symington MW discovered some of Australia’s most iconic white wine styles, which can age gradually and gracefully for decades. Three vintages of Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon, Tahbilk Marsanne and Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling were tasted across three decades, which the wineries have specially sourced from their limited museum stock.

3:00pm – 4:00pm McLaren Vale's Great Grenache
McLaren Vale's Great Grenache
Tuesday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Presented by
The Wine Detective, Sarah Ahmed

Led by The Wine Detective, Sarah Ahmed, this session showed off the best of McLaren Vale Grenache. With a distinct climate, ancient soils and heritage vines, McLaren Vale is internationally recognised as the place to go for great Grenache. Passionate winemakers are crafting expressive Grenache wines, brimming with character, aroma and vibrancy.

Attending Winemakers / Principals

Howard Duncan
Marty Edwards
The Lane
John Angove
Managing Director
Peter Barry
Jim Barry
Olivia Barry
Jim Barry
Bill Crappsley
Plan B!
Peter Thompson
Thompson Estate
Jane Thompson
Thompson Estate
Nick James-Martin
Export sales Manager
Stella Bella
Mike Browc
Matthew McCulloch
General Manager
Chateau Tanunda
David Bowley
Tom Keelan
Pawn Wine Co.
Rebecca Poynter
Sam Temme
International Sales Manager
Wirra Wirra

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