Dr Jacqui McRae 2018 Researcher-Innovator of the Year

Congratulations to ASVO member Dr Jacqui McRae from the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), who was announced as the 2018 Researcher / Innovator of the Year in the Australian Women in Wine Awards at an event in Sydney on Friday 16 November.

Jacqui is a Senior Research Scientist in the AWRI’s Wine Texture Team. She attained her PhD in natural products chemistry from Swinburne University, Melbourne, in 2008 after completing a degree in chemistry with first class honours in biotechnology. She joined the AWRI in 2009 as a postdoctoral scientist and worked on projects relating to wine tannins and how their structure relates to astringency.

Jacqui’s research focuses on wine macromolecules and their roles in wine clarity and texture. This work has led to a greater understanding of how protein haze forms in white wines and the development of a shorter heat stability test that can produce more consistent results.

“Protein haze formation is a serious risk for the wine industry as it is deemed a fault by consumers. Wines that develop a haze can collectively cost wine companies millions of dollars in reduced sales and reputation damage.”

“My research has also explored red wine astringency and how it can be influenced by alcohol concentration, oxygen and filtration.”

The Australian Women In Wine Awards acknowledge and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.