July 18, 2016
Australian wines have always been a huge part of our business whilst we have seen many changes in the last two decades, happily these wines still offer the X Factor effect and continue to enthral not only us but our customers too.
As a business I very much champion the quality of the ‘classic’ grape varieties that made Australia so famous on the Global Wine Map such as Chardonnay, Semillon, Cabernets and Shiraz, and it is a great to see Pinot Noir rising up especially in Tasmania, Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula.
Very similar to food trends wine is becoming more restrained, more focused and more consumer friendly.We see a new trend in the younger generation very much into wine from an earlier age, more objective in what they drink and often seeking quality over quantity.
We are delighted to be back again this year at the annual Australia Day Tasting being held on Tuesday 26th January at The Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Together with Wine Australia we have come up with a brand new concept to highlight the quality of Australian wines matched with food.
In a first of its kind initiative, The Great Aussie Taste-Off will pit a Master of Wine against a Master Sommelier across three sessions, each debating the wines they believe best match a series of dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chef Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.
After tasting the food and wine together, and hearing each pair’s persuasive reasons, the invitation-only audience will vote for their favourite match.
The battle, in partnership with Tourism Australia’s Restaurant Australia campaign, features teams comprising Natasha Hughes MW vs Clement Robert MS, Justin Knock MW vs Xavier Rousset MS and Jo Ahearne MW vs Isa Bal MS.