Rouleur Wine Co
Yarra Valley, VIC & McLaren Vale, SA
Growing up in the Yarra Valley, son of a grape grower, I guess you could say I had little choice about a career in the wine industry. My Dad, once 'Marlborough Man' and TAA airline pilot turned farmer, planted a vineyard to Pinot Noir on the Coldstream family property in1984 and set me on course toward a life in wine.
I worked vintages in local wineries as a junior and tinkered with my own wine in the shed using an old crusher-destemmer, basket press and pick bins as fermenters. My work in the vineyard continued, studying along the way and eventually tracking a path in wine sales and marketing. Not long after returning from a stint overseas, life delivered my family a considerable blow. Dad was diagnosed with cancer and passed away within 12 short months. Before he died, we had a conversation about my life and future. Dad urged me to pursue my dreams in wine and I promised that somehow, sometime, I would make wine from the vineyard we planted over 30 years ago.
In 2015 I left the security of my full-time job in McLaren Vale to focus on turning my own dreams into reality. With the help of family, friends and friendly locals, I launched the Rouleur Wine Co. and fulfilled my promise to Dad with the release of our 2015 Yarra Valley, Pinot Noir.
The Rouleur philosophy is pretty simple. We source exceptional parcels of fruit from quality vineyards and growers to make wine that we, and hopefully you, like to drink. We tend to pick on the earlier side, seeking bright natural acid, freshness and lift without sacrificing flavour. Our aim is to capture terroir by not 'messing with the natural order' too much, keeping winemaker inputs and additions to a minimum. Rouleur wines are handmade in small batches to deliver our take on the varieties and vineyards we work with. A delicious and personal perspective on each vintage year.