Australia – Then and Now

Thursdays 5 & 12 May 2022

Please note, cut-off date for guaranteed UK delivery in time for week one is noon, Friday 29th April 2022

Australia has some of the oldest vines in the world, with 170-year-old Mourvèdre still producing wine in the Barossa Valley. This tasting is going to celebrate both tradition and new thinking, with examples of classic styles from some of the country’s most distinguished  regions, and the cutting edge, with alternative grape varieties and fast-developing new premium hot-spots.

The vine was taken to Australia 200 years ago, but the modern era of fine wine for export begins around 1980. Since then, regions like the Hunter Valley near Sydney, Victoria near Melbourne and Eden Valley close to Adelaide have become established.

Renowned for both quality and for being perfectly suited to certain grape varieties, we’ll taste examples from these traditional regions, but we will also discover the significant changes Australian wine has seen in recent decades: we’ll travel from Western Australia where the very first vines were not planted until the mid-1970s, to the island of Tasmania, currently the hottest cool spot in Australia for Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wine. We will also look to new varieties for Australia. How about Australian Nero d’Avola and Pinot Gris?

Tom has selected the six wines below for this virtual tour of Australia, tasting both the traditional and the new wave. He will explain about Australia’s diverse terroirs, their opportunities and challenges as we explore this wine producing country that many people think they know, but which can throw up some real surprises. Priced at £69.99, collected in Edinburgh, or £79.99 delivered across the UK, the case is discounted for this tasting and offers outstanding value.

This tasting runs over two sessions, from 7pm – 8:15pm each evening. The ticket price of £25 covers both sessions. We’ll open three wines each night, but they’ll drink just as well over the next couple of days so nothing will be wasted. You are welcome to attend without buying the accompanying wines, and if a date doesn’t suit, we’ll record the session for you.

Australia Then & Now

This tasting is split into two sessions on 5th and 12th May 2022, from 7pm - 8:15pm UK time. Ticket price covers both sessions and is per household, not per person. You will be taken to the wine purchase page once you have bought your ticket.

Optional wine preservation kit available at checkout.

The Wines

Buy for £69.99 plus £10 delivery, or collect from stores in the Edinburgh area. The link to buy this case will be displayed after ticket purchase.

Vintrigue, Pinot Gris 2020
McGuigan, Bin 9000 Semillon 2019
Rag & Bone, Eden Valley Riesling 2021
Bella Luna, Nero d’Avola 2018
Capel Vale, Debut Cabernet Merlot 2019
Trentham, Tasmanian Pinot Noir 2019

We look forward to welcoming you.