September 2024 Programme

September 26th & 27th 2024

Expanding on our foundation of education and community laid in 2023, this year the Symposium shifts focus to explore the sense of place in Aotearoa Chardonnay. 

This immersive event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and wine tastings, offering a unique opportunity to gain knowledge and inspiration.

The programme outlined below is set to be expanded as we approach the Symposium, with additional off-programme events to be added.

Day 1 Thursday 26 September 2024

7.00 am Coffee and tea available
8.00 am Mihi Whakatau

Session 1: Sense of Place in Aotearoa

8.20 am Elaine Chukan Brown: What is sense of place?
Stephen Wong MW & Elaine Chukan Brown: Aotearoa Classics, Benchmark and Archetypes Tasting and discussion
10.30 am Morning tea

Session 2: Geology, Terroir, and Chardonnay

11.00 am Brenna Quigley: Geology and Terroir, the mechanics of terroir and how to taste for it.
Steve Smith MW: Smith and Sheth/Pyramid Valley case study and tasting.
1.00 pm Lunch

Session 3: Sense of Place in Burgundy

1.45 pm Jasper Morris MW: Burgundy update, tasting, and discussion
3.30 pm Refreshment Break

Session 4: Sense of Place in California

3.40 pm Elaine Chukan Brown: The epitome of sense of place in Californian Chardonnay, tasting and discussion.
5.30 pm Karakia Whakamutanga & Finish

Party Time! Details to follow

Day 2 Friday 27 September 2024

7.00 am Coffee and tea available

Session 1: Clones in Aotearoa

8.00 am Braden Crosby: Clonal tasting of BRI Microvins from Escarpment and Two Terraces.
Investigating the effect of clones on regional identity, sense of place, and profitability.
10.30 am Morning Tea

Session 2: Aotearoa Case Studies

11.00 am Blair Walters: Felton Road case study and tasting
Sherwyn Veldhuizen: Bell Hill case study and tasting
Jeremy Mackenzie: Isabel Estate case study and tasting
1.00 pm Lunch

Session 3: Advice from Across The Ditch

1.45 pm Robin Shaw: Telling the story of place
Sam Connew: Tasmanian Chardonnay case study and tasting
3.30 pm Refreshment break

Session 4: The Challenges and Future Prospects for White Burgundy

3.40 pm Jasper Morris MW: Burgundy tasting and discussion
4.40 pm Stephen Wong MW & Elaine Chukan Brown: Summary and wrap up
5.00 pm Karakia Whakamutunga to close Symposium
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