Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - NewsMaker
The Sampson Flat bushfire in January saw some producers’ grapes and wine either downgraded or, in extreme cases, rejected because vineyards had been exposed to smoke. A free public lecture at the University of Adelaide next week will hear how smoke taint leads to significant losses for producers, and how it can be overcome.

The incidence of major bushfires is expected to escalate as a result of climate-induced changes to weather, and the taint, characterised by objectionable ‘burnt’ aromas and a lingering ‘ashy’ aftertaste is an ongoing issue of concern for the industry.

At the next Research Tuesdays seminar (Tuesday 9 June), University of Adelaide Associate Professor in Oenology Kerry Wilkinson will discuss research undertaken to understand the impact of bushfire smoke on both grapevines and the composition and sensory properties of wine.

She will provide an overview of how smoke taint is evaluated, the influence of vineyard management practices and winemaking techniques in reducing its intensity, and methods available to winemakers to remove it from the wine.

Associate Professor Wilkinson is based at the University of Adelaide’s Waite campus, teaching into the University’s viticulture, oenology and wine business programs.

She also leads a wine chemistry research group with primary research interests in the chemistry of grapes and wine, and the influence of environmental conditions, viticultural management practices and winemaking techniques on grape and wine composition and sensory properties.

WHAT:       Smoke in the barrel: A Research Tuesdays presentation with Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson (School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide)
WHERE:    The Braggs lecture theatre, North Terrace campus, University of Adelaide
WHEN:       5:30pm-6.30pm Tuesday 9 June 2015
COST:         Free – but registration is essential: please register online.

Media Contact:

Dr Kerry Wilkinson
Associate Professor in Oenology
School of Agriculture, Food and Wine

The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 7360
Mobile: +61 407 185 994
[email protected]

Robyn Mills
Media and Communications Officer
The University of Adelaide
Phone: +61 8 8313 6341
Mobile: +61 (0)410 689 084
[email protected]

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