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Australian and New Zealand Chardonnay

Webinar: Thursday 25 February 15:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
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As the Aussies and Kiwis are good mates, we collaborated together for the first time in the UK on an exciting, virtual event to showcase our wonderful Chardonnays.

As well as fine wine, great food and stunning scenery, there’s something else that connects Australia and New Zealand: the cold Southern Ocean, also known as the Antarctic Ocean.

Explore the cooling influence of the ocean and learn more about fresh, elegant cool climate Chardonnays from Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and Tasmania and New Zealand’s Marlborough, Nelson and North Canterbury regions.

Hosted by Natasha Hughes MW for Australia and Ronan Sayburn MS for New Zealand, this was a fascinating discussion of the regions and unique wine styles, as well as winemaking and climatic influences.

Watch the replay to discover more about these beautiful maritime-influenced regions and their racy, complex, age-worthy Chardonnays.

Natasha and Ronan tasted and talked about these six wines during the webinar:

  • Kooyong Wines Clonale Chardonnay 2018, Mornington Peninsula, Australia         
  • Ghost Rock Wines Bonadale Chardonnay 2018, Tasmania, Australia            
  • Bannockburn Vineyards Chardonnay 2019, Geelong, Australia     
  • Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay 2018, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Neudorf Vineyards Rosie's Block Moutere Chardonnay 2019, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Black Estate Home Chardonnay 2019, North Canterbury, New Zealand


Natasha Hughes MW

Freelance wine and food writer

Natasha Hughes MW is a freelance wine and food writer, consultant and educator, and became a Master of Wine in 2014. Her exploration of the world of wine began when she ran a catering company part-time while at university. It blossomed on her return to London, after six years spent working in TV production and publishing in Australia, when she became deputy editor for Decanter online. Natasha writes for a number of magazines and websites, consults for businesses and private clients, and hosts seminars and tastings. She also judges at wine competitions around the world, and is a Panel Chair at the International Wine Challenge.

Ronan Sayburn MS

Head of Wine, 67 Pall Mall

Ronan Sayburn MS is Head of Wine at private members club 67 Pall Mall in London. He has been involved in the wine business for nearly 20 years, having worked at a number of prestigious restaurants and hotels including Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons, Pied à Terre, the Gordon Ramsay group and Dorchester Collection UK. Ronan is a Master Sommelier, previous winner of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition and twice a representative for the UK in the European Sommelier Competition. He is also a judge for various international tasting competitions and Regional Chair for the Decanter World Wine Awards, plus the CEO and examiner for the Court of Master Sommeliers Europe. 





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25 Feb 2021
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