World of Wine: Australia & NZ (Oxford)
A great night of wine tasting from Down Under: if you thought Australian viticulture was all about big brands and jammy, over-alcoholic wines, then come along and find out how it is all changing! Peppery Coonawarra Cabernets and sleek Clare Valley Rieslings are the new face of Australian wine. Meanwhile, New Zealand's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has come from nowhere to suddenly become a staple choice in British supermarkets. Its vibrancy, gooseberry aromatics and tropical flavours have made it a firm favourite. So buckle up and get ready for an evening of blockbuster wines!
Part 1: New Zealand
The growth of New Zealand wine in recent times has been enormous, especially in comparison to its diminutive size. That success has been spearheaded by some beautiful Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, but is there more to this story? Other fragrant whites from Pinot Gris to Riesling have started to appear with increasing promise. Pinot Noir has caused a buzz in recent times, especially from Central Otago, but is it good enough to challenge Burgundy and perhaps cement New Zealand's place as a producer of wines worthy of comparison to the very finest? Tonight, you decide....
Part 2: Australia
Plentiful sunshine and a comparative lack of red tape have allowed the Australians to develop a signature of accessible, fruit-driven, competitively priced wines. But a new wave of independent winemakers who are preaching the values of balanced acidity and alcohol, along with a toning down of the use of oak, are making their presence felt. We will be tasting Barossa's intensely rich Shiraz and the Hunter Valley's uniquely long-lived Semillon. Along the way we will discuss the more food friendly aspects to these wines. It promises to be a lively and interesting evening.
All tastings include: minimum of 6 wines sourced locally so you can find them easily if you like them, full tasting notes, tasting sheet, use of professional tastings glasses and nibbles.
(Note, this evening can be booked on its own or as part of our core 8-week course - book all 8 evenings and save 15%! The 8-week course is flexible, so if you have to skip an evening you can pick it up next time).
All our courses can be purchased as a gift - either purchase using the 'book now' button below and then email us to ask us to send a Gift Voucher OR buy an open voucher (valid for 2 years) so your recipient can choose when to come (the evening repeats through the year).
Places remaining: 8
Course Date/Time: Thu 7th Nov 2019 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: Oxford English Centre, 66 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PR