"Winemaking was a dream that grew over nearly 20 years, from my own wine epiphany in my early 20s." Michael Hall
Michael spent a couple of decades building a career in jewellery valuation, climbing to the rarefied air of Sotheby’s in Switzerland, working with socialites, aristocrats and captains of industry and handling fortunes in precious jewels.
Burgundy and the Rhône Valley were just over the border and they just kept calling. While jewellery was glamourous, this world of privilege began to feel hollow and inauthentic. At 40 years’ old Michael decided to bring his wine dream to reality. He applied for an Australian student visa and enrolled in Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, which he graduated dux in 2005.
He took advantage of the inverse hemisphere seasons and worked stints in Australia with Cullen, Giaconda, Henschke, Shaw + Smith, Coldstream Hills and Veritas; in France with Domaine Leflaive, Meo-Camuzet, Vieux Telegraphe and Trevallon. He then spent four formative years as winemaker for Barossa contract winemaker, Rocland Estate.
It was a leap into the unknown, even though there are echoes of the meticulousness of his old work. There’s a resemblance between perceiving tiny distinctions of colour and purity in a gem and the multitude of nuances to be coaxed into a wine’s fullest expression – both of which can influence perceived value by many orders of magnitude.
Recognising and championing these variations and subtleties can be the difference between a good wine and a truly memorable experience. Michaels visit's to the shop with his new releases are always a highlight. The finesse and fine details of his wines never cease to amaze, uniquely crafted wines. We highly recommend.