Archive for November, 2011

Whilst monitoring the fruit development in the vineyard and all the preparation work for the coming vintage is the main focus of everyone at the winery, later in November a small contingent from our team will also be attending an Australian Wine Research Institute workshop held in the Clare Valley that covers the topic of ‘alternative varieties’. The workshop includes researched findings on 40 varieties that may have potential in the Australian environment and an in-depth analysis of 15 varieties selected for regional suitability.  A wine tasting will showcase local and  imported wines from the varieties that have potential to succeed in the local conditions.  This regionally-specific training will help hone the skills required in recognising the potential and requirements of ‘alternative varieties’.

At our winery, we have been experimenting with alternative varietals for some time.  It’s hard to believe now but Pinot Gris/Grigio was considered an alternative variety not so long ago – as was Viognier and still to a certain extent, Tempranillo!  Recently we released a Vermentino in the TWP (Taylors Winemaker Project) range; a variety still very much thought of as alternative.  So what are some alternative varieties and why should we consider them? Well, according to the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show definition, an alternative varietal is anything other than Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Shiraz, Riesling and Verdelho.  Many producers are now considering other varieties as they feel there is too much uniformity in wine styles at present and the alternative varieties offer a greater range of flavours and characters, and are often better suited to particular climate conditions – both now and in the future.  Our vineyard team and winemakers will continue to experiment with alternative varietals to ensure we keep step with what our loyal followers demand and you can rest assured that whatever alternative variety we craft that carries  the Taylors brand, it’s sure to be a winner!


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