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Fiona Kerslake

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Dr Fiona Kerslake is a Research Fellow at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture. A UTAS undergraduate in Agricultural Science, after a break working overseas, Fiona returned to UTAS to study for her PhD. She is an expert in Pinot noir and sparkling wine viticulture and a lack of analytical methods for sparkling wine has led to Fiona developing capacity in wine analytical chemistry. She has transferred this knowledge to help support and develop the burgeoning local craft cider industry.

Biography

Fiona grew up on a sheep farm in the Central Highlands of Tasmania, yet after completing her Honours in sheep drench efficacy, found it was Pinot noir wine which held her intrigue. After living in Central Otago, this interest intensified to the point where she commenced her PhD studies with UTAS, embedded within industry. 

Since completing her doctorate, Fiona has remained with TIA and has developed an outstanding relationship with the local wine industry which has led to industry funded research projects. Fiona has incorporated viticultural practices specifically for sparkling wine into her research focus and has worked with companies such as Brown Brothers to try and address the issue of yield variability in cool climates such as Tasmania.

Fiona has extensive international experience having lived in New Zealand and working in California for E&J Gallo, the world's largest wine company. She has been invited to the UK, Portugal, France, Canada, the US, Italy and Estonia both presenting her local research outcomes to international audiences and also to learn from similar industries around the world to bring this knowledge back to share with local industry.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe effect of vineyard management practices on Pinot Noir fruit and wine compensationUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2011
BAgrSc (Hons)Efficacy of sheep drenching regime and the effect on wool qualityUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2003

Memberships

Professional practice

  • 2015-present: Fermentation Tasmania advisory group
  • 2015-present: Fermentation Tasmania Associates advisory group 
  • 2010-2012: 8th International Cool Climate Symposium Program Committee 2010-2012
  • 2008-present: Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology

Research Invitations

  • 2015: Brock University's Cool Climate Viticulture and Oenology Institute, 'Viticulture for sparkling Wine Quality', Canada
  • 2013: Plumpton College Wine Centre, 'Optimising yields in the vineyard for sparkling wine production', England
  • 2010: 7th International Cool Climate Wine Symposium, 'Effect of vineyard management practices, such as winter pruning, cluster thinning, leaf removal and shoot trimming, on cool climate Pinot Noir Wines', USA

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Expertise

  • Pinot noir viticultural practices
  • Sparkling wine viticultural practices
  • Sparkling wine rapid analyses
  • Cider production
  • Cider analysis
  • Embedded industry extension
  • Collaborative industry research

Research Themes

Fiona's research aligns with the UTAS' research theme of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.  Her research interests have an emphasis on further consideration and interpretation of environmental challenges faced by local viticulturists. She is committed to the sustainable development of the Tasmanian wine industry and strives to underpin this process with scientific knowledge to better manage productive landscapes. Fiona was awarded the Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship during 2013, which allowed her to travel to France, Canada and the US to investigate sustainable viticultural practices for premiums sparkling wine production.

Fiona's work within the Fermentation Research Group has (FRG) with a particular focus on viticulture and oenology for Pinot noir and sparkling wines. Fundamental viticultural practices have often developed in warm to hot climates, and similarly the research. Fiona's research has tested findings in the cool climate Tasmanian wine regions and the variability of cool climates then led to her interest further exploring the effect of the environment on these practices. She also works with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) to apply analytical methods based on other red grape varieties to Pinot noir and to develop a novel, rapid analytical method for sparkling wine analysis.

Fiona and the FRG were also approached by the local craft cider industry to provide scientific support to the growth of their industry. There is a strong relationship between some cider making practices and sparkling winemaking practices, so this was a natural progression for Fiona.

Collaboration

Fiona has always worked on projects which are funded by industry. Her PhD studies were part-funded by Tamar Ridge Wines and she is currently involved in a collaborative project with Brown Brothers, a national wine company with vineyards in Tasmania. This project is focused on factors that underpin the certainty of yield and quality for cool climate viticulture. Previously, she worked on a sparkling wine viticulture project which was funded by a consortium of 10 Tasmanian wine companies and 2 wine industry suppliers, and from this project has been invited to present findings in both the UK and Canada. Each of these projects have been supported by Wine Tasmania, the local peak industry body.

Fiona has formally collaborated with the Australian Wine Research Institute on analyses of Pinot noir grapes and wine. She has funding applications under review to formalise informal collaborations with the University of Adelaide and the National Grape and Wine Industry Centre. Fiona is also applying for funding to established formal collaboration with Oregon State University (USA), Neustadt Weincampus (Germany), Lincoln University (New Zealand) and Brock University (Canada).

Awards

  • Dr Don Martin Sustainable Viticulture Fellowship

Current projects

  • Factors that underpin the certainty of yield and quality for cool climate viticulture
  • Building quality in Tasmania's craft cider industry

Fields of Research

  • Oenology and Viticulture (070604)

Research Objectives

  • Wine Grapes (820306)

Publications

Total publications

61

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018Journal ArticleKerslake F, Longo R, Dambergs R, 'Discrimination of juice press fractions for sparkling base wines by a UV-Vis spectral phenolic fingerprint and chemometrics', Beverages, 4, (2) Article 45. ISSN 2306-5710 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/beverages4020045 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Longo R; Dambergs R

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2016Journal ArticleBindon KA, Carew AL, Mierczynska-Vasilev A, Kassara S, Kerslake F, et al., 'Characterization of macromolecular complexes in red wine: composition, molecular mass distribution and particle size', Food Chemistry, 199 pp. 838-846. ISSN 0308-8146 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.12.079 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Carew AL

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2014Journal ArticleJones JE, Kerslake FL, Close DC, Dambergs RG, 'Viticulture for sparkling wine production: a review', American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 65, (4) pp. 407-416. ISSN 0002-9254 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5344/ajev.2014.13099 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC; Dambergs RG

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Journal Article

(6 outputs)
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2018Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Close DC, 'Spur pruning leads to distinctly different phenolic profiles of base sparkling wines than cane pruning', Vitis, 57 pp. 103-109. ISSN 0042-7500 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5073/vitis.2018.57.103-109 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG; Close DC

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2018Kemp B, Kerslake F, Nesbitt A, 'Global wine regions with a new sparkle', Grapegrower & Winemaker, January 2014, (600) pp. 24-27. ISSN 0727-3606 (2018) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2018Kerslake F, Longo R, Dambergs R, 'Discrimination of juice press fractions for sparkling base wines by a UV-Vis spectral phenolic fingerprint and chemometrics', Beverages, 4, (2) Article 45. ISSN 2306-5710 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/beverages4020045 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Longo R; Dambergs R

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2017Girschik L, Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Robertson M, Dambergs RG, et al., 'Apple variety and maturity profiling of base ciders using UV spectroscopy', Food Chemistry, 228 pp. 323-329. ISSN 0308-8146 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2017.02.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Girschik L; Jones JE; Swarts ND

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2016Bindon KA, Carew AL, Mierczynska-Vasilev A, Kassara S, Kerslake F, et al., 'Characterization of macromolecular complexes in red wine: composition, molecular mass distribution and particle size', Food Chemistry, 199 pp. 838-846. ISSN 0308-8146 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2015.12.079 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Carew AL

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2014Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Close DC, Dambergs RG, 'Viticulture for sparkling wine production: a review', American Journal of Enology and Viticulture, 65, (4) pp. 407-416. ISSN 0002-9254 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5344/ajev.2014.13099 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC; Dambergs RG

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Conference Publication

(44 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Jones J, Walker H, Kerslake F, Swarts N, 'Informed pruning decisions', Under Vine Cover Crop & Mechanical Pruning Workshop for Wine Tasmania, 8 May 2018, Hobart, Australia, pp. 1-25. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Jones J; Walker H; Swarts N

2018Longo R, Kerslake F, Dambergs B, Westmore H, Donachie L, 'In-line sensing of grape juice press fractioning by UV-Vis spectroscopy: comparison with a benchtop spectrophotometer cycle', 2018 Winemakers Symposium: Regionally First and Foremost, 16 October 2018, Tamar Ridge, Tasmania (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Longo R; Dambergs B; Westmore H; Donachie L

2018Swarts N, Jones J, Kerslake F, Way M, Close N, et al., 'Seeding cider research in the Apple Isle', Batlow Cider Conference, 18 May 2018, New South Wales, Australia, pp. 1-20. (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Jones J; Way M; Close N

2018Longo R, Kerslake F, Lewis G, Dambergs B, Doyle R, et al., 'Australian Pinot noir wine benchmarking: understanding from a terroir concept approach', 2018 Winemakers Symposium: Regionally First and Foremost, 16 October 2018, Tamar Ridge, Tasmania (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Co-authors: Longo R; Lewis G; Dambergs B; Doyle R; Close D; Merry A; Westmore H; Donachie L

2016Swarts N, Girschik L, Jones J, Kerslake F, Carew A, 'Are desserts seconds ripe for cider?', Proceedings of 2016 National Horticulture Convention, 23-25 June 2016, Gold Coast, Australia, pp. 46-47. (2016) [Plenary Presentation]

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Co-authors: Swarts N; Girschik L; Jones J; Carew A

2016Davis E, Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Dambergs R, Swarts N, 'Early-season nitrogen use to manipulate yield and wine phenolics', 16th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 24-28 July 2016, Adelaide, South Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Davis E; Jones JE; Swarts N

2015Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Close DC, 'Pinot noir yield prediction in a variable cool climate', 19th International Meeting of Viticulture GiESCO Proceedings, 31 May - 05 June 2015, Montpellier, France, pp. 277-281. (2015) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC

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2015Kerslake FL, 'Viticultural effects on sparkling wine quality in cool climates', Master Class: Viticulture for Sparkling Wine Quality, 9 June 2015, Brock University, Canada (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2013Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Close DC, 'An objective measure of sparkling wine quality?', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), 13-18 July 13, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Close DC

2013Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Close DC, Dambergs RG, 'Bunch exposure effects on the quality of pinot noir and chardonnay fruit and base wines for cool climate sparkiling wine production', Proceedings of the 18th International Symposium of the Group of International Experts of Vitivinicultural Systems for Cooperation, 7-11 July 2013, Portugal, pp. 471-477. ISSN 0254-0223 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC; Dambergs RG

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2013Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Close DC, Dambergs RG, 'Does removing leaves improve sparkling base wine composition or does it just make us feel better?', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), 13-18 July 13, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC; Dambergs RG

2013Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Close DC, Dambergs RG, 'Should be crop high or low for pinot noir sparkling base wines?', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), 13-18 July 13, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Close DC; Dambergs RG

2013Andrews S, Jones JE, Dambergs RG, Close DC, Kerslake FL, 'Does cluster thinning improve Pinot Noir quality or just thin your profit?', Proceedings of the 15th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference (AWITC), 13-18 July 13, Sydney, NSW (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Andrews S; Jones JE; Dambergs RG; Close DC

2013Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Dambergs RG, Close DC, 'Optimising yields in the vineyard for sparkling wine production', WineSkills Masterclass, 1 July 2013, Plumpton College, Wine Centre, Brighton, UK (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG; Close DC

2012Jones JE, Claye CJ, Dambergs RG, Kerslake FL, 'Pruning to maximise vine reserves', Proceedings of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, 31 January - 4 February 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Claye CJ; Dambergs RG

2012Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, 'Decision making for premium sparkling wine production in Tasmania', Proceedings of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, 31 January - 4 February 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG

2012Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Close DC, 'Differentiating sparkling press fractions objectively', Presentation to Crush 2012 - The Grape and Wine Science Symposium, 15-16 November 2012, Adelaide, South Australia (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Close DC

2012Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, 'The impact of crop load on Pinot Noir fruit for sparkling wine production and base wine composition', Proceedings of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, 31 January - 4 February 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Jones JE

2012Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, 'The time of fruiting zone leaf removal in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and the impact on fruit for sparkling wine production and base wine composition', Proceedings of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, 31 January - 4 February 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Jones JE

2012Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, 'Influence of vineyard management on sparkling wine quality: Oral Presentation at the Workshop Can we produce better Pinot Noir and sparkling wine?', Proceedings of the 8th International Cool Climate Symposium, 31 January - 4 February 2012, Hobart, Tasmania (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Jones JE

2012Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, 'Canopy management for sparkling grape production', Pinot Noir Masterclasses, 8-11 October 2012, Campbell Town Tasmania, Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsular Victoria (2012) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Jones JE

2011Jones JE, Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, 'Comparing cane and spur pruning for premium sparkling wine production in Tasmania', Proceedings of the Crush 2011 Conference, 28-30 September 2011, Adelaide's National Wine Centre Adelaide SA (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG

2011Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Smart Richard, Jones JE, Close DC, 'Effect of vineyard management practices, such as winter pruning, cluster thinning, leaf removal and shoot trimming, on cool climate Pinot Noir Wines', Proceedings of the 7th International Cool Climate Symposium, 20-25 June 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Smart Richard; Jones JE; Close DC

2011Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Dambergs RG, 'Sparkling wine viticulture', Presentation at the ICIP Cool Climate Project Field Day, 1st February 2011, Tamar Ridge's Kayena Vineyard and Microbrewery (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG

2011Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Dambergs RG, 'The effect of vineyard management practices on Pinot Noir fruit and wine composition', Presentation at the ICIP Cool Climate Project Field Day, TIAR/Tamar Ridge Estates Kayena Vineyard and Micro Winery, 1st February 2011 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG

2011Kerslake FL, Jones JE, Dambergs RG, 'The use of leaf removal for premium sparkling wine production in Tasmania', Proceedings of the Crush 2011 Conference, 28-30 September 2011, Adelaide's National Wine Centre Adelaide SA (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Dambergs RG

2010Kerslake FL, 'Vineyard management effects on Pinot Noir wine composition', Industry Presentation : ICIP Cool Climate Project : Field Days at Josefy Chromy Vineyard and Coal River Valley Vineyard, 11th and 13th January 2010, Tasmania (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2010Kerslake FL, Jones JE, 'Sparkling Wine Viticulture', Industry Presentation : ICIP Cool Climate Project : Field Days at Josefy Chromy Vineyard and Coal River Valley Vineyard, 11th and 13th January 2010, Tasmania (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE

2010Kerslake FL, Smart RE, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, Close DC, 'The effect of canopy manipulation on Pinot Noir fruit and wine composition in Tasmania, Australia', Proceedings of the 14th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 3-8 July 2010, Adelaide, South Australia (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smart RE; Dambergs RG; Jones JE; Close DC

2010Kerslake FL, Smart RE, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, Close DC, 'The effect of crop load manipulation on Pinot Noir fruit and wine composition in Tasmania, Australia', Proceedings of the 14th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 3-8 July 2010, Adelaide, South Australia (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smart RE; Dambergs RG; Jones JE; Close DC

2010Kerslake FL, Smart RE, Dambergs RG, Jones JE, Close DC, 'Adapting Pinot Noir vineyard management to fit the season', Presentation to the 14th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference & Workshop, 3-8 July 2010, Adelaide, South Australia (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Smart RE; Dambergs RG; Jones JE; Close DC

2010Kerslake FL, Dambergs RG, Smart Richard, Jones JE, Close DC, 'Tasmania's variable climate and its influence on Pinot Noir management practices', Presentation at the Roberts Viticulture Field Day, 12th August 2010, Ross, Tasmania (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Dambergs RG; Smart Richard; Jones JE; Close DC

2008Chopping F, 'Informed pruning: working with the facts from the beginning', Presentation to the TIAR-WIT Bud Dissection Workshop, 20 May 2008, TIAR Mt Pleasant Laboratories, Propsect, 20 May (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2008Chopping F, 'Update: Grape and Wine Quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to the TIAR Tamar Ridge Field Day, 23 January 2008, Tamar Ridge Vineyard, Tasmania, 23 January (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2007Chopping F, 'Vineyard management effects on winequality of Pinot Noir', Oral Presentation of major results of interest to date to the GWRDC Board on Monday 22nd October 2007, Monday 22nd October 2007, Tamar Ridge Estates' micro-vinification facility (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2007Chopping F, Jones JE, Wilson SJ, Smart R, 'Vineyard management approaches affecting Pinot Nor wine quality in the Tamar Valley, Tasmania', Proceedings of the 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 29 July - 2 August 2007, Adelaide, South Australia (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Wilson SJ

2007Chopping F, Jones JE, Wilson SJ, Smart RE, 'The effect of summer trimming height on Pinot Noir berry ripening in Tasmania', Proceedings of the 13th Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, 29 July - 2 August 2007, Adelaide, South Australia (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Jones JE; Wilson SJ

2006Chopping F, 'Initial results from trials investigating vineyard management effects on the grape quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to the Pinot Noir Forum annual meeting, Bicheno, Tasmania, 16 February 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Chopping F, 'PhD overview investigating the effect of vineyard management techniques on the wine quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to TIAR/DPIWE as part of the seminar program, New Town, Tasmania, 19 May 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Chopping F, 'Overview and initial results of the effect of vineyard management techniques on the grape quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to GWRDC yield prediction workshop, Hobart, Tasmania, 5 June 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Chopping F, 'Micro-vinification and results obtained to date on the effect of management techniques on the wine quality of Pinot Noir ', Presentation to the Vineyards Association of Tasmania Annual General Meeting 2006, St Helens, Tasmania, 22 July 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Chopping F, 'Effect of node number on Pinot Noir in the 2006 vintage', Presentation to the Vineyards Association of Tasmania field day, Glenwood, Relbia, Tasmania, 9 November 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2006Chopping F, 'Brief overview of the effect of management techniques on the grape quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to TIAR 10th anniversary celebration, Launceston, Tasmania, 28 November 2006 (2006) [Conference Extract]

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2005Chopping F, 'Initial trial setup and background investigating vineyard management effects on the wine quality of Pinot Noir', Presentation to the Pinot Noir Forum field day, Tamar Ridge, Kayena, Tasmania, 2 December 2005 (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Walker H, Jones J, Kerslake F, Carew A, Swarts N, et al., 'The scientific principles underpinning inconsistencies in cider quality', University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, Hobart, Tasmania (2016) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Walker H; Jones J; Carew A; Swarts N; Close D

2012Kerslake FL, 'Common practice for high quality sparkling wine production is to separate press fractions as used in methode champenoise', CRUSH 2012 The grape and wine science symposium : GWRDC, GWT1207 Final (2012) [Contract Report]

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2011Kerslake FL, 'Travel to Attend Crush 2011 : The Grape and Wine Science Symposium', Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, Final GWT1106 (2011) [Contract Report]

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2010Kerslake FL, 'GWRDC Travel - Attendance at ICCCS - Seattle ', Grape and Wine Research & Development Corporation, GWT 09/09 GWRDC (2010) [Consultants Report]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Kerslake FL, 'The effect of vineyard management practices on Pinot Noir fruit and wine composition' (2011) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Jones JE, Kerslake FL, 'Researchers to take their study global', Cuppa TIA, Tasmanian Country, Hobart, Tasmania, Friday 28 June 2013, p. 18. (2013) [Newspaper Article]

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Co-authors: Jones JE

2012Bridle K, Jones J, Kerslake F, Sanderson D, Phelan D, et al., 'Projected impact of climate change on wine grape production: opportunities for growers', Climate Futures for Tasmania, TIA (2012) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Bridle K; Jones J; Sanderson D; Phelan D; Parsons D; Mohammed C

2012Cotching B, Sparrow L, Kerslake F, Smith R, 'Wheat growing in Tasmania: Suitability factors for assisting in site selection', Wealth from Water Factsheet, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Australia (2012) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Cotching B; Sparrow L; Smith R

2009Kerslake FL, 'General observations about completing a viticultural PhD in Tasmania and specific observations about the yield and quality relationship of Pinot Noir in Northern Tasmania', The Country Hour, ABC Radio, Launceston, Tasmania, 1 May 09 (2009) [Media Interview]

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2009Kerslake FL, 'General observations about completing a viticultural PhD in Tasmania', and specific observations about the yield and quality relationship of Pinot Noir in Northern Tasmania, The Examiner Newspaper, Launceston, Tasmania, May (2009) [Newspaper Article]

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2009Kerslake FL, 'Sunday Mag', Champagne "Tasmania the toast of the world" State, The Sunday Examiner, Launceston, Tasmania, 18 October (2009) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

13

Total funding

$3,634,548

Projects

Novel approaches to autolysis manipulation and improving efficiencies in sparkling wine production (2018 - 2019)$20,000
Description
PhD Scholarship for TIA student Gail Gnoinski.This project aims to facilitate the production of sparkling wine through the development of novel approaches to autolysismanipulation. [Arises partly from K0023785, which Gail Gnoisnki also worked on (with an internal TGRS).]
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($20,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-Top-Up
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL; Close DC
Period
2018 - 2019
Stabilising and increasing yield and quality in Tasmanian vineyards (2017 - 2019)$381,260
Description
The principal aim of this project is to better manage fruitfulness for stabilised or increased vineyard yields whilst maintaining or improving wine quality, through the development of grower decision support tools.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($381,260)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones JE; Kerslake FL; Dambergs RG; Close DC; Swarts ND; Merry AM
Period
2017 - 2019
Improving grapevine quality and yield through improved vine nutrition and pruning (2017 - 2019)$54,953
Description
The current proposal will establish nutrient and irrigation treatments with the aim of stabilising yield across seasons. Preliminary work by TIAs Grape and Wine Team over the past two years has established that nutrient application in vineyards could well be contributing to the lack of yield consistency.An additional decision which faces growers is the choice around timing of pruning, and the style of pruning, either cane or spur pruning. This decision is further complicated by the introduction of mechanical cane and spur pruners to the state. Under cane pruning systems, knowledge about cane selection is also vital.The proposal is tightly aligned with the WA strategic plan 2015-2020, priority 1, Increasing demand and the premium paid for all Australian wine, specifically strategy 3 which is to build Australian Grape and Wine Excellence.
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($54,953)
Scheme
Scholarship
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones JE; Swarts ND; Kerslake FL
Period
2017 - 2019
Pinot Noir provenance: Australian benchmarking to support growing, making, perception of quality, and marketing to add value to the Pinot Noir supply chain (2016 - 2019)$652,694
Description
: 1/ To establish an evidence base to support claims of Australian Pinot Noirs as distinctive, unique and of high quality. Evidence will be a mix of data on unique terroir (site, climate, soil), viticultural practices, winemaking practices, impact compounds and commentary from Pinot Noir specialists. 2/ To clearly establish fine Australian Pinot Noir as distinctive in the minds of international Pinot Noir commentators/MWs, and generate clear descriptors of Australian Pinot Noir styles and rationality compared with international exemplars. 3/ To progress identification of impact compounds for Pinot Noir, and develop rapid, practicable analytical methods for those compounds with potential for industry uptake. 4/ To identify and articulate the key supply chain points where the quality, unique character and sustainability of Australian Pinot Noir can be documented and optimised, and evidence to explain provenance can be gathered.
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($652,694)
Scheme
Grant-R&D Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL; Lewis GK; Close DC; Merry AM; Dambergs R; Doyle RB; Mirowski LT; Turner P; Rose L; Wadewitz A; Sharpe S; Smith P
Period
2016 - 2019
Australia's wine future - adapting to short-term climate variability and long-term climate change. (2016 - 2019)$1,167,184
Description
The project will assess the impact of climate change on Australia's wine industry, and provide information to assist Australian grape growers adapt to a changing climate. The project will:I. provide high resolution climate information in an accessible and useful form to the wine regions of Australia;2. develop region-specific indices of "heat wave";3. develop variety-specific indices of heat accumulation (GDD);4. report the changes in these indices between current and future periods;5. report changes in precipitation and potential evapotranspiration between current and future periods;6. identify new varieties that could be planted in each region as the climate shifts, including varieties not currently grow1in Australia;7. estimate the temperature threshold at which returns from different varieties may diminish in different regions andidentify the point at which a transition to alternative varieties may be needed;8. identify regionally relevant adaptation options in addition to variety switching;9. identify the relationship between relevant climate variables and large scale climate drivers such as El Nifio-SouthernOscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation;10. report changes in the frequency and intensity of the large scale climate drivers under future climate change.
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($1,064,821)
Scheme
Grant-R&D Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harris R; Hayman P; Remenyi TA; Kerslake FL; O'Kane TJ; Katzfey J; Thomas D; Petrie P; Sadras V; Krstic M; Bindoff NL; Close DC; White CJ; Corney SP
Period
2016 - 2019
Building and measuring the quality of fine Australian sparkling wines, through identification of the impact compounds responsible for autolytic character in sparkling wine, and novel winemaking tech (2016 - 2020)$1,161,527
Description
This project will contribute to impact compound identification for desirable flavours, mouthfeel and texture of fine Australian sparkling wines. A novel objective measure of sparkling juice and wine quality will be further developed which has the capacity to be adapted to in-line sensing with the potential to automate press fraction cut-offs, providing significant cost-savings to industry. Novel technologies to hasten the autolysis of yeast and therefore produce higher quality sparkling wines in a shorter amount of time will also be investigated.
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($1,161,527)
Scheme
Grant-R&D Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL; Close DC; Dambergs R; Merry AM; Wilkinson K; Smith P; Goemann K; Rodemann T
Period
2016 - 2020
Building Quality in Tasmania's Cider Industry (2015 - 2016)$59,819
Funding
Australian Wine Research Institute ($59,819)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL; Carew ALJ; Jones JE; Swarts ND
Period
2015 - 2016
In Vino Analytica Scientia 2015 Italy (2015)$2,976
Description
Travel to Italy to visit sparkling winemakers and vineyards and to attend and present 2 posters at In Vino Analytica Scientia 2015 (IVAS)
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($2,976)
Scheme
Grant-Travel/Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL
Year
2015
GiESCO 2013 (2013)$2,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL
Year
2013
Factors that underpin the certainty of yield and quality for cool climate viticulture (2012 - 2015)$126,390
Description
The project will create an understanding of past and current research findings relevant to yield and quality for cool climate viticulture. It will enable manipulation of fruit quality, underpinnned by an understanding of the physiological impact of leaf removal. It will enable fruitfulness prediction with greater certainty for yield stabilisation.
Funding
BROWN BROTHERS MILAWA VINEYARD PTY. LIMITED ($126,390)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL; Jones JE; Dambergs RG; Corkrey SR; Close DC
Period
2012 - 2015
Travel to Crush 2012 (2012)$895
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($895)
Scheme
Grant-Travel/Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL
Year
2012
Travel to Attend 'CRUSH 2011' Symposium in Adelaide (2011)$800
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($800)
Scheme
Grant-Travel/Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Kerslake FL
Year
2011
Travel - Attendance at ICCCS - Seattle 2010 (2010)$3,550
Funding
Australian Grape and Wine Authority ($3,550)
Scheme
Grant-Travel/Conference
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Close DC; Kerslake FL; Dambergs RG
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDNovel Winemaking Technologies to Hasten Yeast Lysis and Build Quality in Fine Australian Sparkling Wines2016
PhDImproving Grapevine Yield and Wine Quality Through Optimised Vine Nutrition and Pruning2017