Vale Tony Jordan
Thursday, August 29, 2019 in News
Few, if any, in Australian wine can match the influence and wide-ranging achievements of Dr Tony Jordan OAM, who died in late August aged 75 after a short illness.
With a PhD in the interaction of physics and chemistry behind him, Jordan developed and taught the wine science course at Riverina CAE (now part of the multi-campus, three-state Charles Sturt University) from 1974 to 1978 before founding the dramatically influential Oenotec winemaking consultancy with Brian Croser.
In 1985 Oenotec helped Moët Hennessy establish Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley, beginning Jordan’s long association with the LVMH luxury products group. He took on projects around the world, culminating in the development of China’s first ultra-premium Bordeaux-style wine, Ao Yun, inaugural vintage 2013, released in 2016.
One of the world’s leading sparkling wine authorities, Jordan judged and advised internationally, freely sharing his knowledge and expertise.
Above the clouds. Ao Yun vineyards
He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the wine industry in 2013 and earlier this year Wine Australia inaugurated an award in his name that will support an outstanding PhD scholarship applicant to the tune of $40,000 each year.
Brian Croser said at the time: ‘Tony’s influence over the current generation of winemakers, his contribution to the applied technology and the development of rational practice in small and medium wineries is unparalleled’.