Duane Coates is, by his own admission, a 'heart over head' winemaker. Inclined to make wine from almost any interesting parcel of fruit made available to him, he tends to make accountants wince. For Duane, making great wine is not about business decisions; it’s about curiosity, passion, and a little bit of folly.
Duane Coates was awarded his MW in 2020, a culmination of 18 years work for this ultimate recognition in wine. His broad knowledge and deep understanding of wines from across the world informed his no-compromise approach to crafting wines that blend the best in Australian and European winemaking styles. He continually builds bridges between the fruit-driven Australian styles and the savoury, complex wines of the Old-World.
'Soulful' is the word that Duane likes to use when describing his wines. It’s not a word used a lot in the industry, yet it perfectly defines his aspirations. Duane makes wines that express purity of flavour and articulate regional and varietal distinctiveness. In today’s climate of ego-driven vinous pursuits, Duane’s wines represent unrivalled value.
"The hand picked fruit for our Nebbiolo was sourced from the Kuitpo region of the Adelaide Hills. The fruit was 20% whole bunch fermented with the balance crushed and destemmed. A natural yeast fermentation proceeded over a period of two weeks with a further three weeks cuvaison time. After basket pressing the wine was settled and transferred to second and third use French oak puncheons and hogsheads. Oak maturation was over the course of 16 months with a single post MLF racking. The wine was Estate Bottled in November of 2029 unfined and unfiltered. Aside from SO2 no additives were used." - Winery notes