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The Vincast Episode 053 – Hunter Smith from Frankland Estate

Frankland Estate is without question one of the finest riesling producers in Australia, and it was Hunter Smith’s parents who established the vineyard in an area still very under-appreciated. When he took over the running of the estate he decided to convert to organic viticulture which has had a profound influence on quality recently. Hunter is so committed to the maligned riesling variety that he created the Frankland Estate International Riesling Tasting (now Riesling Downunder) to showcase the quality and continued potential here in Australia.

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Hunter Smith from Frankland Estate

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The Vincast Episode 051 – Iwo Jakimowicz from Si Vintners

Iwo Jakimowicz is the ‘I’ in Si Vintners, the ‘S’ being his wife Sarah Morris. In 2010 they bought a historic vineyard in southern Margaret River and immediately began farming it using organic then biodynamic practices, something still uncommon in the region. They have quickly garnered both praise and criticism for their very hands-off approaches, particularly in the winery, in what is a very established and traditional area where significant investment has been made in establishing pedigree and style. Listen to my chat with Iwo as he explains why he and Sarah chose this path, and why they hope that more producers will embrace this approach in the future.

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Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

Iwo Jakimowicz at Si Vintners in the Margaret River

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The Vincast Episode 021 – Louise Chalmer of Clever Polly’s

The growth in interest for natural wine cannot be denied, and although still only representing a tiny proportion of total wine production, those who love it do so fervently. My guest on this episode is Louise Chalmer, who recently opened Melbourne’s first bar dedicated to natural wine and other artisan products. She joins me to chat about what led her to choose this particular type of venue, and how she expresses herself through it.

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Louise Chalmer Picture: Eugene Hyland

Louise Chalmer
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The Vincast Episode 004 – Daniel Honan the Wine Idealist

On the fourth episode of The Vincast I sat down with Daniel Honan, originally from Newcastle with a background in journalism. Whilst working for a wine bar in London he discovered ‘Real’ wine, wines made using organic, biodynamic and/or natural practices. When he returned to the Hunter Valley earlier this year he wanted to learn more and share his passion with the world, and now writes about Australian wines in this vein. We attempt to dissect what these wines are whilst talking about his past present and future.

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