Meet the Winemaker (Episode 99): Andrew Hardy, Petaluma Wines
Debra catches up with Andrew Hardy from Petaluma, a South Australian based winery with vineyards in the Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Petaluma’s 2008 Riesling won the 2009 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition “Best Riesling” trophy.
Andrew explains that Riesling grows so well in the Clare Valley (a relatively hot climate especially for the cool-climate loving Riesling) because of the valley’s elevation and position on the edge of desert which means the vineyards get cool air at night and also sea breeze every afternoon. They talk soil and how the Clare’s “red lime over slate” is great for minerality, what it’s like working with Brian Croser, and discuss why there can be a petrol/kerosene character in Riesling. Finally Andrew explains the ideal vintage in Clare.