Tell us your story!
I grew up working in my family’s vineyards in McLaren Vale so it was a natural progression for me to develop a passion for winemaking. I enrolled in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) in 1993, the same year I convinced my grandfather and uncles to give me some fruit from their vineyard. I then began working with local Chapel Hill winemaker, Pam Dunsford to produce a small scale wine, and Oliver’s Taranga was born!! In 1997, I was granted a Scholarship from Southcorp Wines & Adelaide University to study for a year at the University of California-Davis. I graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continue to chair, panel chair and judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. I also serve on a number of national, state and local industry boards.
Tell us three things about your style of wines?
McLaren Vale. Real. Delicious.
G, S or M?
All three when I can get it.
What can we expect from you at Game of Thrones?
Channelling Khaleesi (currently taking applications from Khal Drogo types 😉 )
What’s your favourite/most memorable Rhone wine experience (can be a particular bottle or an experience)?
A bottle of the first wine I made (a Shiraz) carried in my back pack hiking the inca trail (so so many times I wanted to throw it out to loose weight in my bag), then cracked open with my fellow hikers from all over the globe while watching the sunrise over macchu pichu. The wine was pretty average, the experience was breathtaking.
If you were a Game of Thrones character, who would you be and why?
Khaleesi. Why? I have dragons. #micdrop
If you weren’t a winemaker, what would you be?
A professional patchwork quilter.
What do you drink when no one is watching?
The blood of dragons.