Though initially interested in the study of horticulture, after being introduced to wine, Jim White very quickly transferred to viticulture. After a few years he gained employment near where he grew up, managing the vineyard on the headquarters of Chandon Australia in the Yarra Valley. His next step was to take the Viticulturist position at sister winery Cape Mentelle, on the opposite side of the country no less, in Margaret River. Finally Jim relocated to Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, where he now has the position of Technical Director.
Nick James-Martin had a long and varied career in wine before ending up in the Margaret River in 2017, freshly relocated with his family from Adelaide. Due to unforeseen circumstances Nick found himself with an opportunity to launch his own project, which he did under the Wines of Merritt banner. In only a few vintages he and his wife Sarah have gained a cult following and much acclaim for their wines that break the mould of one of Australia’s most prestigious (but also conservative) wine regions. He joins me on this episode to talk about his journey and influences that led to making wine his way.
The last recorded edition of Let’s Taste for 2017 was on New Year’s Eve, and it was for two 2017 white wines from Moss Wood. Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are varieties that have a rich and important history in Margaret River, but possibly don’t get as much love as other grapes. I was very interested to see what the 2017 vintage offered in the west, let me know what you think in the comments below!
The Pannell family is one of the most iconic in Australian wine, having not once but twice pioneered the vigneron model in Western Australia. After being one of the first commercial wine producers in the now legendary and substantial Margaret River region (Moss Wood), they had a complete shift East to the still somewhat unexplored Pemberton region, where they established Picardy Wines. Here they focused on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and invited their son Dan to be an important part of the future. With such an incredible wine pedigree and a passion for Burgundy, it’s easy to understand why Dan is regarded as one of the most incredible and honest winemakers in the state.
Despite having grown up in Rome and working in hospitality for a number of years, it wasn’t until Mattia Cianca was working in Perth that he became interested in wine. The added irony was that he was working in an Italian restaurant, learning about Italian wines, in Australia! Since arriving Down Under he has been on a fast track for sommelier stardom, working at Australia’s number one restaurant (Attica), and now with access to one of the most enviable lists in the country (Dinner by Heston). His talent and hard work was recently recognised by Sommeliers Australia, who named him 2017 Sommelier of the Year, and he is on a path to become a Master Sommelier in the next few years.
It’s always an honour to taste wines from Margaret River pioneer and icon winery, Moss Wood. On this edition of Let’s Taste I’m looking at the 2015 Ribbon Vale Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
Moss Wood is one of Australia’s most iconic wine brands, and one of the most important in the Margaret River as one of the first commercial producers. I was excited to be contacted about some of their new releases, and even more excited to get the chance to taste some. Here are my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below!
I’ve been friends with Sam Jorgensen (aka Old Mate Wine) on social media for a few years, and was thrilled to finally meet him in person over in Perth two years ago. He’s been working in the industry for a while and gave me a bottle of his first wine to taste. Two years later his approach to riesling has changed a bit, and while he and his partner were over for dinner I thought I would open his 2016 riesling with him, to discuss how he made it last year. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
Moss Wood was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River region, and since 1969 it has built much of its international reputation on its Cabernet Sauvignon. I was thrilled an honoured to be sent a bottle of the 2014 vintage and be able to share my impressions of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. Let me know your thoughts below, what’s the best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon you’ve ever tasted?
Not for the first time, I’m tasting wine made by Brad Wehr from Amato Vino, who was a guest on Episode 58 of my wine podcast The Vincast. Unlike last time, I’m tasting wine Brad made from Margaret River fruit, but they are both Italian grape varieties. Please let me know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to check out the episode of The Vincast with Brad!
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