OLD SOMMELIERS DON'T DIE, THEY BECOME WINEMAKERS
I began my journey in wine working as a sommelier in London for 12 years at some of London’s leading restaurants including two Michelin starred The Square, Morton’s and writing the wine list for David Thompson’s award winning restaurant Nahm.
Now making wine, I have spent the last few vintages working in both Australia and France, following my passion for Pinot Noir. I try to do vintage in France as often as possible, working at the traditionalist, biodynamic house; Domaine de L’Arlot and Domaine David Duband in Burgundy, both producers renowned Pinot Noir makers with a fondness for whole bunch wine making.
The dream is to create our own little pocket of Burgundy, right here in Ballarat, having moved here with our young family in 2012 and established a close-planted Pinot vineyard at our rural property in Scotsburn. Its all hard work at the moment, but we hope it pays off with some quality fruit from this amazing terroir, around 2018.
My passion is to make food focussed, minimal intervention wines, reflective of vintage, trying to stay true to the philosophy of 'without great risk, you cannot achieve great rewards'. We're pretty good at the risk part - here's to a future of rewards!