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Andrew Blake

Winemaker at Giesen

 




How old are you?


21


Do you live on site?


No


Does your family help out?


No - unless you include consumption, then yes is being the answer.


What pets does the winery have?


Anna's (one of the winemakers) mutt called Rev hangs around. Apart from him it just the usual stray cats and dogs.


What is your favourite and least favourite part of the wine making process?


Vintage is always exciting because that's when it all happens and there's lots of new faces and personalities. It can be chaotic and tiring but it's when the key decisions that influence each wine are made so you've got to be on your toes, flexible and prepared for anything.

The worst part is all the ridiculous compliance and box ticking foisted on wineries by industry and government bureaucrats.


Do you use any quirky techniques?


One cool thing we're working with is 1,000 L German Fuder barrels for our premium Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay programme. They're helping us produce some really idiosyncratic and stylistic wines!

Also, use a lot of wild yeast starters that we get going in the vineyard so we can be sure the yeast fermenting the juice is indigenous to the vineyard it came from.

Have you always made wine? What would you do if you didn't make wine?


Well I was no good at waiting tables, being a professional sportsman wasn't an option due to two left feet and very poor hand eye coordination so when I realised all wine didn't come in a cask things really started getting interesting and I was hooked. A wine qualification from Australia launched me into a career that been exciting and changing ever since.

If I wasn't making wine I'd be a cop. I'd like to chase bad guys around.


What is your favourite grape to work with and why?


Sauvignon Blanc. There's a surprising range of styles that can be made with it and it doesn't come with the pretension of certain other varieties...


What's the best wine you've ever tasted?


Didier Dagueneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly...any vintage!


What is the best music to make wine to?


Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here...of course!

 











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