"Pursuing elegant individuality over bombastic consistency"
Having come to wine later than most, not from a dynastic wine family or long Barossan heritage, I feel unburdened by the Barossa Valley wine identity.
I have a European palate and first came to love wine via the restrained elegance of the French, rather than the heroic and muscular movement in my adopted region. Soaking up vintage at some of the world’s greatest producers in France and Australia reinforced my passion for finely-structured, complex and textural wines.
While the pendulum is swinging back from ultra-ripe in the Barossa, I have always been interested in making wines as an expression of vintage variation, light and shade, seasonal time and space, rather than pursuing market preconceptions.
While the influence of international critics, show trophies and large retailers is compelling, I believe this has a homogenizing effect, so I avoid manufacturing or unnatural interventions. Rather, my challenge is to identify the site, the nuance in the season and grapes and realise its full potential.
I’m interested in wines that show their individuality, that articulate their unique subregion and site as well as the vagaries of the season. Wines which will evolve over time and with maturity. And, so I am passionate about making wines that are loved by some, rather than liked by all.