The Mentzendorff Portfolio Tasting was recently held at 1 Great George Street, London; the theme of this year’s tasting was sustainability and the topic was explored in depth at a seminar and panel discussion chaired by Peter Richards MW and featuring a selection of speakers from across the Mentzendorff Portfolio, including Denis Bunner – Champagne Bollinger, Federico Ceretto – owner, Anthony Hamilton Russell of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Andrew Donaldson – founder of Akitu from New Zealand’s Central Otago and Adrian Bridge CEO of the Fladgate Partnership.
Needing no introduction, Brian Croser AO, is one of the most famous figures in the wine world. Prominent in 1970s as winemaker at Hardy’s Brian left to be a consultant winemaker and start up his own winery – Petaluma in 1976. A visionary, setting up first winery in the Adelaide Hills, recognising the huge potential to make fine wine. He is currently the Deputy Chair of Wine Australia, has won many accolades for his work in and for the Australian wine industry, including Decanter Man of the Year in 2004 and Order of Australia (AO).