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Dan O'Connell - Sales

As the new cop on the beat I am dedicated to investigating the best wines out there - arresting them and presenting them to you for judgment and sentencing.

Pyrenees, Vic

The Pyrenees wine region is a couple of hours West north west of Melbourne, or if you prefer, a bit above Ballarat on the map, kinda.

Grenache - the oldest new world wine ever!

You gotta love the classics - a true classic will be a true classic forever! It will ride the waves of trends and bide it’s time until the next generation discovers it in their Mum and Dad's record collection or cellar - who then go on to painfully tell their parents how they discovered it and how cool it is.

Stuart Bourne

Despite family roots and vineyards in the Clare Valley Stuart has made his name as a top end winemaker in the Barossa. He's spent the last fifteen years squishing Barossa grapes and turning them into quality kit. His love for the region comes from it having "some of the oldest vines on the planet, the history of the area and its culture." We'd be loath to call him lazy but he attributes his success to doing as little as possible in the winery. Old fashioned techniques and equipment are employed with minimal new oak. Fruit is simply destemmed but not crushed. Much of his work is with the growers, making sure the fruit is as good as possible. In this sense he sees himself being as much a farmer as a winemaker. He loves the ancient building where he makes the wine and its living cultures. The indigenous yeasts and malo bugs perhaps reflective of their origins in Château Tanunda's brandy production back in the 1800s are uniquely hardy beasts. They can operate in conditions that would see even the best commercially available yeasts cark it. You might hear this indigenous yeast and strain of malo referred to in the winery as 'none more black'.

Before joining Château Tanunda in 2011 Stuart was winemaker for a decade at Barossa Valley Estate. During that time its flagship wine, the E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, was named by Wine Spectator mag as one of the 25 benchmark Aussie wines. He joins a long list of industry giants who have worked at Château Tanunda including Bill Seppelt, Craig Stansborough, Geoff Merrill, Grant Burge, Kevin Glastonbury, Peter Taylor, Ralph Fowler, Robert O'Callaghan and Tim Smith. Stuart has also worked for Leasingham, Crabtree and Blue Pyrenees Estate.

Chateau Tanunda

Chateau Tanunda was built in the late 1880’s, and has plantings dating back to the 1840’s. As Europe was ravaged by phylloxera which destroyed vineyards, an opportunity arose for very profitable winemaking in Australia.