Janet Cockbill was a traveller, offshore yacht sailor, English-teacher in Japan, gardener, cat lover, radiographer and archaeologist before becoming a grape-growing wine maker. She loves the rhythms of the seasonal cycles in the vineyard, and says her 2001 vintage in France was the pivotal point in her winemaking life. “In Australia you learn the food-science approach to winemaking – control, control, control. In France I saw the non-interventionist approach could produce great results, though it could also produce less favourable results. I think you need to have a repertoire of approaches and to be flexible.”
Nicholas Clark was a sailor, white water canoeist, rock climber, surfer, scuba instructor, and archaeologist before a trip to France and a love of wine and gardening led inevitably to vineyards and becoming a grape-growing wine maker. He cites Michele Chapoutier (biodynamic Rhone Valley syrah producer) “ … terroir is the key …” and Ken Campbell (Mount Duneed grapegrower and winemaker) “… question everything, especially accepted practices…” as his biggest influences in grapes and wine.
Rory James Clark is Janet and Nicholas' 7 year old son. He enjoys singing, running at full speed and wants to know how everything works. At the dinner table he prefers to drink his water from a wine glass. His favourite wine currently is Amietta Riesling .... the aroma of which he says “…smells like lemons and the garden”.
Liam Patrick Clark is Janet and Nicholas' youngest. He's nearly 4 years old, is purpose-built for rugby and seems to prefer beer. When it comes to wine he prefers Amietta Shiraz - which he describes as "Yum!" Not a bad description really ... maybe we should put that on the back label.