The man behind the wines
Winemaker Andrew Quin has taken a slightly unusual road to winemaking, transitioning from his original field of study - horticulture. For Andrew, winemaking provided an unparalleled opportunity to combine scientific knowledge with his artistic flair, in the pursuit of creating something that others could enjoy....great wine!
In his initial years post-study, Andrew travelled and worked around the Northern hemisphere, starting in California with ultra premium Sonoma producer St Francis winery, then working under renowned Merlot and Zinfandel winemaker Tom Mackey, and finally moving on to the old world in a role with Bordeaux based negociant, Jacques Lurton, managing individual cooperative productions.
Andrew returned to Australia with one question in mind... 'which region most suits my winemaking style and passion for wine?' The answer was simple - the mighty Barossa, where big, bold reds are the signature, and complex, textural whites a discovery. Whilst based in the Barossa with Yalumba working on their premium reds, the opportunity to join the team at Hentley Farm arose. Following a brief look at the vineyard site and the 2006 premium Shiraz, he jumped on board because, as he says:
"It was very clear that working for Hentley Farm would provide a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to create some of the best single vineyard and single block wines our country and the winemaking community has seen."
Andrew aims to create exceptional wines that are a true expression of the site on which they are grown, and that are attractive and approachable when young, while maintaining great 'age-ability'.