With the EU referendum coming up, immigration seems to be the buzzword of the moment. Jobs, culture and national identity all come up in this multidimensional and complex debate. Throughout history people have been fleeing persecution or poverty, hoping to create a better life. I am not even going to try and go into the nuances of this topic here. However, what is undeniable is that thanks to immigrants in the past, momentous wines of the present have been created worldwide. They are the living products of a rich, complicated and tenacious history.
In this episode Joe and I are lucky to find ourselves experiencing two very different kinds of iconic wine. Joe gets the opportunity to partake and buy a barrel of a Premier Crus Auxey Duresses at the Hospices de Beaune wine auction, whilst I get travel to the other side of the world and visit Henschke, one of Australia’s oldest vineyards (and home to its most expensive wine). Both styles of wine are internationally renowned, pricey and yet, I would argue, the latter wine is not completely understood. Burgundy’s heritage and culture is a given. Australia’s long-running wineries in Barossa Valley – not so much. People love the concentrated fruit, spice and luxurious mouthfeel and yet have no idea of the century-old history behind it. Is it necessary to know, some may ask? Absolutely. That rich concentration could only come from 150-year-old vines. However, even more importantly, it gives us a context for these historic wineries, the inspiration behind them and the ambition for their future.