Brett’s love of winemaking has taken him to both hemispheres to work vintages but it was his role as a cellar hand for Selaks Wines in 1992 that saw him truly become part of the Selaks kin. With support from the Selaks family, he later took leave to complete a Graduate Diploma in Oenology, at the University of Adelaide.
Having come from a cellar background, Brett considers himself a tradesman of wine rather than a scientist.
“I have wonderful memories of growing up in Kumeu and working vintages at West Auckland vineyards and wineries. The pioneers of the barrel fermented Chardonnay style in New Zealand from the late 80’s were benchmarks for me. Today, barrel fermented Chardonnay is one of my personal favourites.”
Brett says that even as an experienced winemaker, he is still surprised by the fruit variation within a single vineyard. The fruit used in the wine comes from a particular area of the Corner 50 Vineyard that produces beautifully soft Merlot characteristics. It’s the second year in a row we have selected fruit from this section of the vineyard – the grapes are simply of exceptional quality.