surely rank as one of the most talented winemakers of his
. For twenty-five years Dean has learnt his trade via Roseworthy
College, Petaluma, UC Davis University C.A., Oregon, France and Italy before
setting up in his own right at the well-insulated Adelaide Milk Factory on
London Road on April 11th 1998. His experience abroad taught Dean the value of
old vine fruit, something he took to heart as he built a 30,000 case business
on Barossa Shiraz,
as well as McLaren
ValeShiraz, Eden Valley Riesling
and Victorian Viognier.
Ten years on sees Dean consolidating his success as he finally puts his
roots down at No.1 Seppeltsfield Rd, Dorrien, in the heart of Barossa Valley.
Building has begun on a new red wine cuverie while the estate's 50 year
Semillon vines on the banks of the Para River have already been grafted over to
Mourvedre. Dean has also recently purchased a forty-two year Grenache
vineyard in the Barossa Valley and a Sauvignon Blanc site among the Adelaide
In the meantime Dean continues to source fruit from up and down the rich
terra-rossa Barossa Valley, notably from the Old Garden Mourvedre bushvine
site planted in 1853 and the Three Corner Grenache, Rawlands Flat
vineyard dating back to 1890. He has made it his life's work to propogate the
next generation of these fabulously old, living monuments by grafting their
buds onto 30 yo rootstock. Dean uses opentop stainless-steel fermentors before
careful lees elevage in french oak barrels.