Before the wine bug got me, I used to work for a bank. When people hear about this nowadays, they seem really surprised. I suppose it’s because I don’t look like a banker, especially at vintage time when I get covered in juice and wine and my hands are stained a beautiful black. Or maybe they can sense I was never really meant to be a banker. Anyway, when I had my work/career epiphany, I did something about it. I enrolled in the Oenology course at Adelaide Uni. I graduated in 2002 and ultimately finished the course as Runner Up Dux. Of course I love to drink wine, but more importantly I love to make wine. I find it endlessly fascinating. It’s a simple process, yet paradoxically, there can be so many variables, subtleties & nuances that I sometimes think one lifetime will not be enough to make that elusive, perfect wine.
I’ve been at Torbreck for 7 years now, as well as doing 2 vintages in California USA & 4 vintages in Portugal. The 7 years with Torbreck have flown by, an incredibly good sign. It’s a wonderful place to work, where I’ve been given the opportunity to help make beautiful, world class wines from some amazing vineyards, with a great bunch of people. You wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. When people find out where I work, they invariably ask how I got a gig at Torbreck. I reply “you’ll have to ask Dave Powell that”.