Table of Contents
1 Pre-harvest analysis
4 Crushing and destemming
9 Fermentation management
10 Post fermentation management
11 Post pressing treatment
12 Other red varieties and wine styles
13 Important red wine blends in Australia
15 Maturation in large format wood
16 Maturation in stainless steel tanks
17 Maturation and time-to-market
18 Summary of practical considerations
19 Clarification and stability
22 Adjustments and amelioration
Pete Bissell is winemaker at Balnaves of Coonawarra and contract winemaker for Parker Coonawarra Estate and Punters Corner wines, and has been for the last 18 years.
Pete was previously winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate and has completed 31 vintages in all , 3 in France- Bordeaux and the Languedoc, 1 in Moldova and the last 25 vintages in Coonawarra.
He has a BSc (Hons 1st) in Biochemistry and after spending 2 ½ years working on a PhD in Immunology switched to Oenology and completed a 3 year Graduate Diploma in Oenology and Viticulture at Roseworthy College in 1988.
Pete, with his family, owns and runs Broken Windmill Vineyard (12 Ha ) in Wrattonbully.
Pete was the 2005 Qantas/Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the Year, Balnaves of Coonawarra was James Hallidays’ Winery of the Year in 2008, Pete made the 2000 Jimmy Watson Trophy winner “Punters Corner Spartacus 1999” and Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvignon and Parker First Growth were both included in Langtons Classification V in 2010.
Pete has been a member of the ASVO since 1986.
Stephen has a wonderful family heritage of more than 145 years of grapegrowing and winemaking spanning five generations. He completed a Science Degree at Adelaide University, majoring in Biochemistry and Botany, and studied Viticulture and Winemaking at Geisenheim in Germany. He took over the winemaking at Henschke in 1979 and is proud that the Henschke name and reputation is inexorably linked with high quality red wine in general and his flagship single vineyard Hill of Grace in particular. He is also mindful of his European roots and is a proud supporter of the historical language, food, religion and wine culture of his Silesian forebears still alive in pockets in the Barossa. His accolades include; 2006 Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine Winemaker of the Year; Advance Australia Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Wine Industry in 1995 and International Red Winemaker of the Year 1994/95.
Corey Ryan has a Masters in Oenology from the University of Adelaide and a degree in Science with majors in microbiology and molecular biology. He is the co-owner and winemaker for the boutique wine business Sons of Eden in the Barossa Valley. Corey also works as a consultant and is managing winemaker for various winemaking projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Spain. He has over 25 vintages of experience in making and judging wine. Currently General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Dorrien Winemaking, he was previously Group Chief Winemaker for the McWilliams Wine Group and Echelon Wine Partners, and worked for nearly a decade as the Senior Winemaker for Villa Maria Estates in New Zealand.
Nick forsook a 14-year career in biological oceanography with CSIRO to join the wine industry in 1984. He has been a full-time wine journalist writing for national newspapers and magazines, winning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Excellence in Wine Writing in 1985. He was also Wine Manager for Cellarmaster Wines Pty Ltd and for nine years worked in the head office of Southcorp Wines Pty Ltd, primarily to assist the flow of information between wine production and the marketing and sales departments. He has also been a visiting Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University lecturing on sensory evaluation for 13 years.
Nick became the third Master of Wine in Australia, passing the examination at first attempt in 1992.
Nick is currently an independent consultant, providing assistance with winemaking, blending, quality assessment, valuation and marketing, both in Australia and New Zealand. He is frequently engaged as expert witness in disputes and legal cases involving wine quality and technical issues. He writes occasional articles for consumers and a regular column From the tasting bench in WBM, Australia’s Wine Business Magazine. He has judged at most capital city and major regional wine shows in Australia and New Zealand and several others overseas.
He has been a shareholder and Director of Brokenwood Wines Pty Ltd since 1978.
Nick manages his own Hatherleigh vineyard at 910 metres in the chilly Southern Tablelands of NSW where he tries to coax Pinot Noir to ripeness.
Fiona Donald graduated from Roseworthy Agricultural College and Adelaide University with qualifications in Oenology and Management. Fiona started her career at Thomas Hardy Tintara Winery, McLaren Vale in 1991 and worked in red wine winemaking roles at Renmano, Domaine de la Baume and Barossa Valley Estate. In 1997 she was appointed as Senior Red Winemaker at Southcorp Wines, Penfolds. Fiona is currently Senior Winemaker at Seppeltsfield Wines and is part of the team resurrecting the famous 1888 Gravity Flow Winery.