Australian Winemakers continue to distinguish themselves both here and on the international stage. But what makes them tick? What drives their passion to create their particular style of wine? And what is their philosophy that determines the wines that we know and love? Our ongoing series of "Q & A" interviews with Australia's leading winemakers reveals the thoughts behind some of the shining lights of Australian wine.
We ask one of Australia’s leading winemakers, Corrina Wright of Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards fame, about her winemaking philosophy and those wine styles from which she seeks inspiration. Corrina took over the winemaking helm at the winery in 2000 after a stint at the University of California and at Gallo wines in the Sonoma, one of America’s largest wineries.
There has been an exciting change in the perception of leading red Rhône varieties Grenache and localhost (or Mataro) here in Australia. Part of the domestic landscape for over a century, they have often been consigned to play a far more subservient role than the distinctive wines of their Rhône origins. Paul Lindner, a former mechanic and Orlando winemaker, has now spent fourteen years crafting the gems at his family’s historic Langmeil winery at Tanunda.
Although not technically a 'winemaker', Garry Hounsell started his career and love of wine while mowing the lawns as a schoolboy at Brown Brothers in Milawa VIC, before embarking on a highly successful career in the financial industy. His passion for wine never diminished and in 1995 he returned to the wine industry, establishing the spectacular Toolangi Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. In this short time Garry and his wife Julie have built an enviable reputation for their wines, including cool-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. As a self proclaimed White Burgundy aficionado, it seems appropriate that we highlight Garry’s brilliant Chardonnay efforts here.
Anna grew-up on a Tasmanian farm where her grandparents established the highly accomplished Pooley Wines in Southern Tasmania’s Coal River Valley. In the years since, she has gained a broader range of winemaking experiences than many achieve in a lifetime. From time spent at Wolf Blass in South Australia, to a vintage spent at one of Austria’s most prestigious producers, Salomon Estate, Anna’s global journey has taken her home to Southern Tasmania. Anna’s success has seen her handed full custodianship of Heemskerk and the title of The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year 2010.
In Margaret River, the pioneers of the 1960s and ’70s are known locally as first wave producers. Among them is a veritable procession of Australia’s elite producers including Cullen, Moss Wood, Vasse Felix, Leeuwin Estate. . . the list goes on. In the years since, the region has built a formidable reputation for world-class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon based wines.
Making a name for yourself in the competitive Barossa winemaking scene isn't easy, but Kym Teusner has succeeded in cementing his reputation as leader of the new guard. After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science, he formed Teusner Wines with his brother-in-law, buying grenache grapes from a struggling Riebke Brothers winery. Since then, Teusner Wines has gone from strength to strength, creating renowned wines with grapes sourced from all over the Barossa. In addition to growing his own company, Teusner has also worked with and learnt from several leading Barossa winemakers, including Christina Deans and Rolf Binder.
James Halliday founded Coldstream Hills in 1986, selling the business to Southcorp (now Treasury Wine Estates) in the 90s. As a consultant, James has continued to play an active and passionate role in the evolution of Coldstream Hills ever since. Today James' input continues to be welcomed by capable senior winemaker Andrew Fleming (in the role since 2001), and his assistant Greg Jarratt. Indeed, on the day I interviewed Andrew for this article, James Halliday was literally within earshot, at the tasting bench reviewing samples of the 2012 vintage.
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