EATS & DRINKS
WINE: 03 NOVEMBER 2014
By JOHN ROZENTALS
Moet et Chandon's Yarra Valley outpost pays some real dividends
I wrote a couple of weeks ago about French Champagne house Roederer investing some years back in a significant joint venture with Heemskerk to produce Tasmania’s first sparkling wine under the Jansz label.
It was a time when several of the cash-rich Champagne producers were looking for investment opportunities.
Their home region was planted to capacity and I guess it seemed beneath them to expand into what they would certainly regard lesser French regions.
So they looked to the New World.
Deutz, for instance, entered relationships with New Zealand’s Montana and South Australia’s Yalumba, which eventually purchased the Jansz label.
Moet et Chandon took a slightly different path into Australia, establishing its own vineyards in Victoria’s Yarra Valley and contracting growers in a range of cool-climate sites through southern Australia.
Its Domaine Chandon winery has become one of the Yarra’s showpieces and under the current leadership of chief winemaker Dan Buckle produces highly regarded still tablewines as well as some of the world’s best bubblies.