Vice Chancellors 150th Anniversary Wines

Brian Croser, AO

Graduated: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (1971) + Doctor
of the University (2007)

VC’s selection: Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Founder of Petaluma, Croser and Tapanappa, Brian Croser acquired AO status in 2000 for his contribution to the Australian wine industry. One such act of service we can be thankful for is this wine from the Foggy Hill Vineyard, grown on a Fleurieu property purchased for the purpose of creating an excellent table Pinot Noir. Brian is also a Distinguished Alumni Award winner (2021) and was Deputy Chancellor of the University from 1999 to 2007.

Foggy Hill Vineyard Tasting Notes

Sue Hodder

Graduated: Diploma of Applied Science (Agriculture) (1984)
+ Graduate Diploma in Wine (1988)

VC’s selection: Wynns Single Vineyard Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Good winemakers – particularly those, like Sue Hodder, with a viticultural background – know great wines are grown, not made. As Chief Winemaker at Wynns, Sue led a rejuvenation of their vineyard and planted more varieties that thrive in Coonawarra soil, like Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wynns Messenger Tasting Notes

Peter Gago AC

Graduated: Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology) (1990)

VC’s selection: Penfolds Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz 2018

Much of Penfolds’ reputation is attributable to Peter Gago, who joined the label in 1989 and became Chief Winemaker in 2002. He’s described the sub-regional Bin 150 Marananga Shiraz as a barometer for the quality of a vintage, and the 2018 just hit its suggested drinking age.

Bin 150 Tasting Notes

Louisa Rose

Graduated: Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) (1993)

VC’s selection: Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2021

Heritage and contemporary relevance matter equally to Hill-Smith Family Estates, owner of Yalumba. Head of Winemaking, Louisa Rose is known for her focus on sustainability, use of wild yeasts, and for making the entire Yalumba range vegan, beginning with the 2012 vintage. The Virgilius is considered an Australian benchmark for the oft-misunderstood Viognier. Louisa was also Chair of the University’s Alumni Council between 2017 and 2023.

The Virgilius Tasting Notes

Peter Fraser

Graduated: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) (1998)

VC’s selection: Yangarra Hickinbotham Clarendon Grenache 2021

Yangarra’s industry-wide respect is the product of winemaker Peter Fraser’s foresight. He facilitated the purchase of the winery by US-based Jackson Family Wines in the early ’00s, and doubled-down on Grenache well before it became popular. This release is distinctive for its wild fermentation and maturation in amphora.

Hickinbotham Clarendon Tasting Notes

Adam Wadewitz

Graduated: Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) (2005)

VC’s selection: Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2022

Adam Wadewitz has had a profound effect on Adelaide Hills winery Shaw + Smith since joining as senior winemaker in 2013. Now joint-CEO, Adam has implemented more organic practices for the winery and is a partner in its MMAD project, extending the winery’s reach to other regions

M3 Chardonnay Tasting Notes