Cool climate wine research set for unveiling

AUSTRALIAN researchers will unveil new viticulture and winemaking findings, when Hobart hosts the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium for Viticulture and Oenology (31 January-4 February 2012).
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The cornerstone of the symposium will be the presentation of results of an innovative, three-year, $1.8-million research project funded by a Tasmanian-based consortium led by Wine Tasmania and AusIndustry’s Industry Cooperative Innovation Program; ‘Improving the Quality of Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines’.

Benefiting the cool climate wine community in Australia and beyond, the major research project, led by Dr Richard Smart and Dr Bob Dambergs, undertook more than 30 individual trials in several research areas across Pinot Noir and Sparkling viticulture and vinification.

The project resulted in the establishment of The Australian Wine Research Institute’s first

external node in Tasmania, led by Dr Dambergs.

Lead researcher, Dr Richard Smart, described the key research programs; ‘One of our key research achievements evaluated factors effecting Pinot Noir quality. We developed a micro-vinification process, fermenting down to half a bunch, to precisely study origin, location, structure and exposure to sunlight.

‘In other programs, Dr Jo Jones and Fiona Kerslake undertook a unique study of how to best grow grapes for sparkling wine, including crop levels, pruning and regional factors on sparkling wine composition, whilst Dr Tim Gale developed a novel tunnel sprayer prototype that minimises spray drift.

‘This has been an ambitious research project, which will be of great consequence to cool climate wine into the future,’ Dr Smart explained.

Dr Bob Dambergs discussed the importance of the research; ‘It’s quite a unique project, in terms of its strong focus on cool climate viticulture and winemaking, on a scale that hasn’t been attempted before in Australia or indeed, abroad.

Tasmania is becoming recognized for its cool climate wine styles and is uniquely placed to adapt to the challenges of climate change, making it a region of sustainable cool climate wine production. The research is of an applied nature and through close collaboration with wine producers has already generated some tangible benefits,’ said Dr Dambergs.

Collaborating producer, Frogmore Creek winemaker and recent Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, Nick Glaetzer, will copresent the practical application of these trials in the tasting workshop, ‘Taming the Pinot Noir terroir’. ICCS delegates will taste 16 batches from the same vineyard and harvest date, made under different regimes and using a different yeast strains.

‘Of course, terroir is important, but we believe it isn’t the end of the wine’s journey. We’re challenging the notion that good wine is only made in the vineyard; we can drive complexity using leading-edge techniques,’ Glaetzer said.

The 8th ICCS will explore four themes: cool climate viticulture, oenology, sparkling wine and marketing. For the full program, visit 梧桐夜网winetasmania南京夜网419论坛/iccs/program.

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