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TAS Country : January 27th 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011 Tasmanian Country 21 Research draws world-wide attention OVER the past 2½ years, a major grape and wine re- search project has been undertaken in Tasmania. Entitled Improving the Quality of Cool Climate Pinot Noir and Sparkling Wines, this project is the first of its kind conducted in the country and has already attracted signifi- cant world-wide attention. Results of this national research project will be shared at the 8th Inter- national Cool Climate Symposium, to be held in Hobart, Monday to Friday. It is expected the Cool Climate Symposium will assist innovation and im- provements in both viticul- tural and oenological as- pects of pinot noir and sparkling wines. Raise a glass to local producers STRONG SHOW: Renowned judge Huon Hooke assesses a wine. THE 2011 Tasmanian Wine Show was held last week, with excep- tional results for Tasmanian wine producers. According to renowned judges James Halliday and Huon Hooke, this was one of the strongest shows, with about 78 per cent of all wines awarded a medal. Highlights mentioned include the overall chardonnay category, as well as the pinot noir, riesling and chardonnay from the 2008 vintage, and 2005 museum release riesling. Trophy Winners: Drysdale Trophy Best Sparkling Wine: Freycinet Radenti Sparkling 2000 Australia Post Trophy Best Riesling: Pressing Matters R9 Riesling 2006 Wursthaus Trophy Best Chardonnay: Riversdale Crater Chardonnay 2009 Pinot Shop Best Pinot Noir: Yellow Point Bloody Eleventh Pinot Noir 2008 Abel Labels Trophy Best Other Wine: Leaning Church Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Tamar Ridge Estates Trophy Best Sweet Wine: Frogmore Creek Iced Riesling 2008 Coal River Storage & Packaging Trophy Best Museum Wine: Pooley Wines Coal River Valley Riesling 2004 Hazards Ale Trophy Chairmans Selection: Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2009 Riedel Trophy Best Red Wine of Show: Yellow Point Bloody Eleventh Pinot Noir 2008 The Wine Society Trophy Peoples Choice: Pooley Wines Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2009 Winemaking Tasmania Trophy Best three-year-old Pinot Noir: Yellow Point Bloody Eleventh Pinot Noir 2008 Wine Tasmania Trophy Best Wine of Show: Pressing Matters R9 Riesling 2006 TIAR Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor: Pressing Matters Tamar Valley Wine Route Trophy Best 2010 Wine: Pressing Matters R139 Riesling 2010 9/11 Bottle Shops Trophy 2011 Pinot Noir Producer of the Year: Derwent Estate A full list of all medals winning wines is available at www.taswine show.org INFORMED: Barrie Wells, left, and Reuben Wells take field measurements. Smart way to map vineyard's success We believe that management decisions improve when managers are given more information about their vineyard' MAKING the best de- cisions when managing vineyards relies on having the best information. Tas- mania's RuralSmart offers a range of monitoring sol- utions to vineyard man- agers, using a combination of technology and experi- ence. The company was for- med in 2009 as a joint venture between Ruralco, viticulturist Dr Richard Smart and Reuben Wells. The team has developed a range of monitoring tools that can be used by vineyard operators. ''We believe that man- agement decisions im- prove when managers are given more information about their vineyard,'' Reuben said. ''We have selected moni- toring tools that offer the most useful information to allow vineyard operators make more informed de- cisions.'' Monitoring soil moist- ure is valuable for deciding when to irrigate and how much water to apply. Moisture availability can alter canopy growth as well as determine the rate of maturation of the fruit. RuralSmart's system --- using moisture probes that send data to the internet --- makes the process easy. The data can be viewed anywhere there is internet access. Another popular RuralS- mart tool is vigour maps. Infrared cameras mounted on aircraft are used to create these maps, which then allow the block to be divided into different zones of vigour. This can help clients decide which areas need composting, which zones to harvest first, and how best to design an irrigation system. Vine canopy structure dictates much of the final wine style, and it makes sense to map the areas for a more targeted manage- ment plan, says Reuben. ''RuralSmart can supply both the image as well as the expertise to help utilise the maps.'' RuralSmart is in the process of taking orders for this season's flight. Vineyard managers who are interested should call Reuben on 0448 937 286 or by email at rwells@rurals- mart.com.au. 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