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The Len Evans Tutorial 2017

One of the Australian wine industry’s most prestigious events, the Le Evans Tutorial, has culminated with the announcement of the 2017 DUX being awarded to McHenry Hohnen’s head winemaker, Julian Grounds.

The Margaret River native was part of a cohort of twelve, distinguished scholars, selected to partake in the annual Hunter Valley tutorial.

Australian Wine Critic and a tutor at the Len Evans Tutorial, James Halliday said: “It requires a set of skills beyond the ordinary and Julian went into the last session in front, never letting let us nor himself down.”

Now in its 17th year, the tutorial is composed of a week-long event of tastings, masterclasses, and competitions.

Each morning the group tasted 30 wines of a specific varietal before receiving daily master classes from industry giants such as critic James Halliday, only to finish each day with an exclusive dinner where they would drink five or more brackets of extraordinary wines; some up to 50 years old.

The week concluded with a tasting of the range of wines from Domaine de la Romanée Conti – wines in such high demand, and low supply, where every bottle is pre-sold before leaving France.

Each participant of this year’s tutorial will now have positions as wine judges at next year’s Sydney Royal Wine Show and other regional wine shows around Australia.

As this year’s DUX, Grounds wins an added prize of a trip for two to France where he can further his wine education.

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