Characterising the distinctive flavours of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wines


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Grapegrowing and winemaking to suit the market will enable Australia’s wine sector to be more competitive in a challenging environment. There is demand for wines that express the unique characteristics of their place of origin but in many cases those characters are not well defined. Many grape components strongly influence wine quality and style, including certain varietal wine aroma compounds that can be traced to specific grape metabolites. However, there is little information linking vineyard management practices and environmental effects on grape metabolism that subsequently affect wine chemistry and aroma/flavour, and ultimately impact on the expression of place.


This project aims to understand the chemical and sensorial basis of regional typicity of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, a commercially-important red variety, and to determine how pragmatic and cost-effective vineyard and winemaking practices can be used to alter grape and wine characteristics to meet consumer-preferred wine styles, whether in traditional Western or booming Asian markets.

Project leader

Associate Professor
David Jeffery
University of Adelaide

Research Associates

Dimitra Capone
(Research Associate)
University of Adelaide


Lira Souza Gonzaga
(Masters Student)
University of Adelaide

Other investigators

Associate Professor
Cassandra Collins
University of Adelaide

Chris Brodie
Coonawarra Grape & Wine Inc

Paul Boss

Associate Professor
Susan Bastian
University of Adelaide

Industry partners


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