| Max Allen - prominent and established Australian journalist, is the co-wine writer for The Weekend Australian magazine with James Halliday. Allen’s feature ‘Grape Expectations’ in the 6-7 June 2009 issue focuses on six people who are shaping the future of Australian wine’.|
Yalumba winemaker Louisa Rose is ‘the future’. Read on :
‘Grape Expectations’ - Max Allen
“What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it.
Yalumba has been at the forefront of introducing new wine styles to Australian drinkers over the past decade; perfumed white viognier and slinky, supple red tempranillo.
Soon, look out for crisp, dry whites made from other Mediterranean grapes, such as vermentino and fiano, and in a few years – if Rose gets her way – sauvignon blanc-like whites made from drought-tolerant verdejo.
Yalumba also leads the industry in environmental performance; reducing carbon emissions, increasing biodiversity and exploring organic viticulture. As well as looking to the future, it has been celebrating its 160-year-old Barossa heritage by developing an Old Vine charter, and releasing reds from ancient shiraz and grenache plants.
This inspirational formula works because Yalumba is a family-owned business. “We’re not trying to keep shareholders happy,” says Rose. ‘We have the freedom to play with new wine styles because we are creating out own future.”
Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine, 6-7 June 2009