Meet the Winemaker (Episode 102): Paul Smith, Wirra Wirra
Debra catches up with Paul Smith, senior winemaker at Wirra Wirra, based in one of Debra’s favorite wine regions – South Australia’s McLaren Vale. Paul explains the Australian aboriginal roots of the winery’s name (Wirra Wirra means “amongst the gums” – ie Eucalyptus trees), and they discuss whether these trees have an influence on the wine produced.
Wirra Wirra is internationally recognised for Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and Paul explains that the main challenge for Shiraz in the region is the growing environment. McLaren Vale is a great, dry growing environment, situated very close to the ocean by the sea, but site selection is very important to get the right balance in the final product. Finally, Paul lets Debra in on the most rewarding part of the job.