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Adrian Coulter

Position: Senior Oenologist
Qualifications:

BSc Flinders University Grad Dip Oen University of Adelaide

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Phone: 08 8313 6600
Fax: 08 8313 6601
Since: 3 January 1989
Biography:

Four years (1980–1984) full-time as a Lab Technician at Glenloth Winery (Wynn Winegrowers), four vintages as a Cellar Hand at Glenloth Winery (1985–1989), one year as a part-time Cellar Hand at Chapel Hill Winery (2001), vintage at Moët & Chandon, Epernet (2008).

Research:

Conducts applied research into wine production, composition and processing problems for wineries as they arise. Examples include investigation of taint and contamination issues, microbiological faults, wine oxidation, physical instabilities, packaging problems and causes of unusual sensory characters. 

Publications:

Coulter, A. (2014) Ask the AWRI: Can ‘Brett’ affect white wines? Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: (602): 54.

 Simos, C.A. Coulter, A.D. Henschke, P.A. Holdstock, M.G. Cowey, G.D. Essling, M. (2013) Managing diseased fruit. Petrie, P,R. (eds). Making the best out of difficult vintages: managing sub-optimal fruit in the winery. ASVO Proceedings. Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology.: 31–36.

 Coulter, A. (2013) Ask the AWRI: Understanding the ABCs of CMCs in solution. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: (598): 72.

 Coulter, A. Ask the AWRI: Malolactic fermentation issues explored. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: (584): 86; 2012. 

Coulter, A. (2012) Post-bottling spoilage – who invited Brett? Practical Winery & Vineyard Journal (Winter): 30–37.

 Coulter, A. (2012) The rotten facts about laccase. Technical Review (197) The Australian Wine Research Institute: Adelaide, SA: 6–11.

 Coulter, A. (2012) Laccase and rot: Is it there or is it not? Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker (577): 69–72.

 Coulter, A. (2011) Ask the AWRI: The burning questions on smoke taint. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker (575): 52–54.

 Varela, C. Chambers, P.J. Coulter, A. Dry, P.R. Francis, I.L. Gawel, R. Muhlack, R. Henschke, P.A. Stockley, C.S. Herderich, M.J. Pretorius, I.S. (2011) Controlling the highs and lows of alcohol in wine. Practical Winery & Vineyard 32(1): 6–18.

 Stockley, C.S. Varela, C. Coulter, A. Dry, P.R. Francis, I.L. Muhlack, R. Pretorius, I.S. (2012) Controlling the highs and the lows of alcohol in wine. Peeters, A.S. (eds). Wine: Types, production and health. Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, N.Y.: 281–299.

 Coulter, A. Cowey, G. Essling, M. Holdstock, M. Stockley, C. (2011) Botrytis and disease pressures from vintage 2011. Technical Review (193) Australian Wine Research Institute: Urrbrae, South Australia: 11-18.

 Coulter, A. D. (2010) Post-bottling ‘Brett’ spoilage’ Technical Review (187). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 15–23.

 Coulter, A. D. (2010) Post-bottling spoilage: who invited Brett? Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: 559: 78–86.

 Capone, D.L., van Leeuwen, K., Pardon, K.H., Daniel, M.A., Elsey, G.A., Coulter, A.D.,Sefton, M.A., (2009) Identification and analysis of 2-chloro-6-methylphenol, 2,6-dichlorophenol and indole – causes of taints and off-flavours in wines. Aust. J. Grape Wine Res.: 16, 210–217.

 Ugliano, M. Winter, G. Coulter, A.D. Henschke, P.A. Practical management of hydrogen sulfide during fermentation; an update. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: (545a): 30; 37; 2009.

Cowey, G. Coulter, A. Holdstock, M. Brines, paints, oils and the occasional mobile phone - common vintage contaminants. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: 541, : 60-65; 2009.

 Cowey, G. Coulter, A. Holdstock, M. Brines, paints, oils and the occasional mobile phone - common vintage contaminants.. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker: 541, : 60-65; 2009.

 Coulter, A. D. Henschke, P. A. Simos, C. A. Pretorius, I. S. When the heat is on, yeast fermentation runs out of puff. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind. J.:23(5): 26-30; 2008.

 Coulter, A.D. Henschke, P.A. Simos, C.A. Pretorius, I.S. When the heat is on, yeast fermentation runs out of puff. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind. J.: 23 (5): 29-33 ; 2008.

 Travis, B., Francis, I.L., Bramley, B., Simos,.Coulter, A.D. (2008) The relative contribution of individual chlorophenol and bromophenol compounds to ‘chemical/plastic’ tainted wines [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Hayasaka, Y., Coulter, A.D. Baldock, G.A., Kennedy, E., Holdstock, M.G., Cowey, G. D., Simos, C. A. (2008) A common wine additive contaminated with highly chlorinated compounds: Taint investigations with a liquid chromatograph-tandem mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Chris Curtin, C.; Dambergs, B.; Bramley, B.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Coulter, A.; Kennedy, E.; Travis, B.; Francis, L.; Godden, P. (2008) Perception of ‘Brett’ in Australian and New Zealand Pinot Noir wines [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Curtin, C.; Bramley, B.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Coulter, A.; Kennedy, E.; Travis, B.; Godden, P; Francis, L. (2008) ‘Brett’ is more than ‘Bandaid®’ aroma – a sensory study of volatile phenol ratios, and what this means for Cabernet Sauvignon wines made in different regions of Australia [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Curtin, C.; Bramley, B.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Kennedy, E.; Lattey, K.; Coulter, A.; Henschke, P.; Francis, L.; Godden, P. (2008) Sensory perceptions of ‘Brett’ and relationship to consumer preference. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Cowey, G.; Janik, L.; Holdstock, M.; Kennedy, E.; Coulter, A. (2008) Forensic spectroscopy – applications in winemaking [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

Coulter, A.; Cowey, G.; Robinson, E.; Holdstock, M.; Godden, P. (2008) Variable, post-bottling ‘Brett’ character [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Coulter, A.D., Capone, D.L., Baldock, G.A., Cowey, G.D., Francis, I.L., Hayasaka, Y., Holdstock, M.G., Sefton, M.A., Simos, C.A., Travis, B. (2008) Taints and off-flavours in wine – case studies of recent industry problems. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc. 73–80.

 Capone, D.L., van Leeuwen, K., Coulter, A.D., Daniel1, M.A., Elsey, G.M., Pardon, K.H., Sefton, M.A. (2008) Identification and Analysis of Various ‘Plastic’ Taint Compounds Using GCMS-ODP & GCMS-SIM [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Bramley, B.; Curtin, C.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Coulter, A.; Kennedy, E.; Travis, B.; Mueller, S.; Lockshin, L.; Godden, P. Francis, L. (2008) Wine style alters the sensory impact of ‘Brett’ flavour compounds in red wines [poster paper]. In: Blair, R.J.; Williams, P.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (eds). Proceedings of the Thirteenth Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference; 28 July – 2 August 2007; Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide, SA: Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference Inc.

 Holdstock, M.; Cowey, G.; Coulter, A. (2007) Calcium DL-tartrate instabilities – a recent increasein their occurrence. Aust. N.Z. Grapegrower Winemaker:527, 85–88.

 Baldock, G.A.; Hayasaka, Y.; Coulter, A.D.; Godden, P.; Herderich, M.J.; Pretorius, I.S. (2007) Mass spectrometry in investigations of grape and wine contaminants: Protecting the quality and integrity of Australian wine. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind. J.: 22(4), 21–26.

 Holdstock, M.; Cowey, G.; Coulter, A. (2007) Calcium DL-tartrate instabilities – a recent increase in their occurrence. Technical Review (169). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 18–23.

 Curtin, C. D.; Bellon, J. R.; Coulter, A. D.; Cowey, G. D.; Robinson, E. M. C.; de Barros-Lopes, M. A.; Godden, P. W.; Henschke, P. A.; Pretorius, I. S. (2005) The six tribes of 'Brett' in Australia - distribution of genetically divergent Dekkera bruxellensis strains across Australian winemaking regions. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind. J.: 20(6) : 28-36.

 Godden, P.; Lattey, K.; Francis, L.; Gishen, M.; Cowey, G.; Holdstock, M.; Robinson, E.; Waters, E.; Skouroumounis, G.; Sefton, M.; Capone, D.; Kwiatkowski, M.; Field, J.; Coulter, A.; D'Costa, N.; Bramley, B. (2005) Towards offering wine to the consumer in optimal condition - the wine, the closures and other packaging variables. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind J.: 20(4) : 20-30.

 Coulter, A. (2005) Succinic acid is often responsible for unexpected increases in titratable acidity during fermentation. Technical Review (157). Adelaide, SA The Australian Wine Research Institute: 13-18, 55-64.

 Coulter, A.D.; Godden, P.W.; Pretorius, I.S. (2004) Succinc acid—How it is formed, what is its effect on titratable acidity, and what factors influence its concentration in wine? Aust. N.Z. Wine Indust. J.: 19(6): 16–20, 22–25.

Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Godden, P.; Lattey, K; Robinson, E.; Valente, P.; Høj, P. (2003) The AWRI closure trial: sensory evaluation data 36 months after bottling. Aust. Grapegrower Winemaker (475): 59–64.

 Coulter, A. Robinson, E. Cowey, G. Francis, I.L. Lattey, K. Capone, D. Gishen, M. Godden, P. (2003) Dekkera/Brettanomyces yeast-an overview of recent AWRI investigations and some recommendations for its control. In:Bell, S.M.; de Garis, K.A.; Dundon, C.G.; Hamilton, R.P.; Partridge, S.J.; Wall, G.S. (eds.) Grapegrowing at the edge; Managing the wine business; Impacts on wine flavour: proceedings of a seminar; 10–11 July 2003; Barossa Convention Centre, Tanunda, SA: Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology: 41–50.

 Godden, P.; Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Valente, P.; Høj, P.; Robinson, E. (2001) Wine bottle closures: sensory properties of a Semillon wine -performance up to 20 months post-bottling. Aust. N.Z. Wine Ind. J. 16(5): 93-95, 97-112.

 Godden, P.; Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Valente, P.; Høj, P.; Robinson, E. (2001) Results of an AWRI trial investigating the technical performance of various types of wine closure: part 3–wine sensory properties up to 20 months post-bottling. Aust. Grapegrower Winemaker (453): 103-110.

 Godden, P.; Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Valente, P.; Høj, P.; Robinson, E. (2001) Results of an AWRI trial investigating the technical performance of various types of wine closure: part 2–wine composition up to 20 months post-bottling. Aust. Grapegrower Winemaker:(452): 89–98.

 Godden, P.; Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Valente, P.; Høj, P.; Robinson, E. (2001) Results of an AWRI trial investigating the technical performance of various types of wine closure: part 1–physical measurements up to 20 months post-bottling. Aust. Grapegrower Winemaker:(451): 67-70, 72-73, 75-77.

 Godden, P.; Francis, L.; Field, J.; Gishen, M.; Coulter, A.; Valente, P.; Høj, P.; Robinson, E. (2001) Wine bottle closures: physical characteristics and effect on composition and sensory properties of a Semillon wine 1. Performance up to 20 months post-bottling. Aust. J. Grape Wine Res.: 7: 64-105.

 Coulter, A. (2001) 'Random' spoilage of red wine in the barrel. Technical Review (132). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 4-6.

 Stockley, C.; Coulter, A. (2000) Usage of tartaric acid in winemaking. Technical Review (129). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 11-12.

 Godden, P.; Coulter, A. (2000) Oxidative pinking related to a reduction in ascorbic acid use? Technical Review (129). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 71-75.

 Coulter, A. (2000) Increase in titratable acidity after fermentation. Technical Review (125). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 7-10.

 Coulter, A. (1999) Increase in laccase activity after fermentation. Technical Review (120). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 10-12.

 Coulter, A. (1999) Calcium tartrate instability in white wine arising from overfining with skim milk powder. Technical Review (119). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 5-7.

Bruer, N.G.C.; Coulter, A.D.; Graves, P.J. (1998) Microbiological spoilage of Pinot Noir wines after bottling [poster paper]. 2025: Meeting the Technical Challenge. Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference.

 Coulter, A.D.; Bruer, N.G.C.; Graves, P.J. (1998) Techniques for the evaluation of wine closure performance [poster paper]. 2025: Meeting the Technical Challenge. Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference.

 Leske, P.A.; Sas, A.N.; Coulter, A.D.; Stockley, C.S.; Lee, T.H. (1997) The composition of Australian Grape juice: chloride, sodium and sulfate ions. Australilan Journal of Grape and Wine Research: 3(1): 26–30.

 Leske, P.A.; Bruer, N.G.C.; Coulter, A.D. (1996) Potassium tartrate—how stable is stable? In: Stockley, C.S.; Sas, A.N.; Johnstone, R.S.; Lee, T.H. (eds.) Proceedings of the ninth Australian wine industry technical conference; 16–19 July 1995; Adelaide, SA. Adelaide, SA: Winetitles: 39–45.

 Davies, M.W.; Mattews, I.R.; Leske, P.A.; Bruer, N.G.C.; Coulter, A.D. (1996) A comparison between the injection of carbon dioxide and vacuum at corking: the story so far! In: Stockley, C.S.; Sas, A.N.; Johnstone, R.S.; Lee, T.H. (eds.) Proceedings of the ninth Australian wine industry technical conference; 16–19 July 1995; Adelaide, SA. Adelaide, SA: Winetitles: 39–45.

 Coulter, A. (1992) Ascorbic and erythorbic acid. Technical Review (80). Adelaide, SA: The Australian Wine Research Institute: 8-9.

Other:

Adrian contributes to the University of Adelaide’s Oenology course by delivering lectures on wine taints, microbiological issues and metals instabilities to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.