Following the success of its first stand-alone trade tasting last September, the New South Wales Wine Industry Association (NSW Wine) is set to return to London on 22nd March, offering the UK trade another opportunity to discover some of NSW’s most exciting wineries. Emerging producers seeking representation in the UK will be joined by some of the most recognised and established wineries in Australia.
Held at 67 Pall Mall, the tasting will offer an intimate snapshot of the quality wines emerging from the birthplace of Australian wine. With 13 producers presenting 52 wines, the tasting will zoom in on six NSW wine regions, each with their own distinctive personalities. This is an opportunity to take in the regional differences between the Canberra District, Australia’s smallest appellation and the Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region. Wines from Hilltops, an emerging region southwest of Sydney as well as Orange, the cool-climate jewel of New South Wales, will feature alongside those from the Central Ranges, a zone in the Western rain shadow of the Great Dividing Range of Mountains and Tumbarumba, one of Australia’s coldest wine regions.
Of the 13 wineries in attendance, nine are already available here in the UK and include Tyrrells, Phillip Shaw and Brokenwood – some of the most illustrious names in Australian wine. Joining them will be four wineries new to the UK programme, who are looking to share their stories and their wines. Attendees will meet Usher Tinkler – one of the most exciting and progressive producers to emerge from the Hunter Valley in recent times; Lerida Estate, whose Shiraz has been named ‘The Best Red Wine’ at the New South Wales Wine Awards in three out of the past six years; Mount Pleasant, which benefits from rare, ancestral vines from some of the oldest clone plantings in the country and Margan, which produces wines that truly speak of the varietal they come from and the soil they are grown in.
With so much to learn about these historic regions, NSW Brand Ambassador, Bert Blaize, will be leading masterclasses to further explore the diversity of styles and producers representing New South Wales. Attendees can register in advance for the following sessions:
11am / The Path Less Trodden
Exploring producers at the start of their wine-making journey who are experimenting with the potential of different varietals and styles.
1 pm / Hunter Valley Semillon & Chardonnay
This session is an opportunity to taste some of the finest examples of two grape varietals which have found the most unique expression in the ancient soils of the Hunter Valley
3.15pm / Hunter Valley Shiraz
Taste the famously silken Hunter Valley Shiraz made from some of the oldest vines on the planet
Matthew Jessop, the new Executive Officer of NSW Wine, says, “We are delighted to be returning to London for this intimate tasting with some of our brightest producers, showcasing the diversity and quality of wines New South Wales is home to. We are also grateful to the NSW Government for its continuing support which makes it possible for us to be able to share our unique wines with UK customers. This is a critical export market for us and we love the willingness of trade and consumers here to embrace both our better known wines as well as emerging styles and varietals.”
To register for the tasting and to reserve a space in the masterclasses, head to: https://form.jotform.com/EvivaComm/22-march-2023-nsw-uk-trade-tasting