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15 Feb 2012

Meet the Winemaker (Episode 111): Brett Snelson, Sutherlands Creek Winery

Debra catches up with Brett Snelson, winemaker at Sutherlands Creek winery, located in Geelong, 45 minutes west of Melbourne, Australia. Brett tells Debra why blending is his favourite part of the job (and oh my, there is a lot involved — barrel choice plays a huge role, even before the grapes comes into play!) and which type of music he likes blending to. With Sutherlands Creek’s vineyards comprising 100 acres, Brett tells Debra of the 18 grapes varieties they have growing, although Pinot Noir is the focus (with 11 clones!).

They discuss Viognier, including the flavour profile and the most dominant fruit character, and Brett tells Debra the very special story behind their signature Viognier (hint: it has something to do with the “father” of the Australian wine industry).

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