Last week I interviewed Dermot McCollum of Stonecroft Wines in the Hawke’s Bay. This man knows how to make great Syrah!
Co-owner, viticulturist & winemaker at Stonecroft Wines Hawke’s Bay.
Number of years in the wine industry:
First wine related job:
Cellar hand at Domaine Matrot, Mersault.
If you were a wine, what wine would you be?
Domaine Matrot Mersault-Charmes 1er Cru 1999.
What would you do if you weren’t a winemaker?
Retire in Penury.
Why did you decide to work in the wine industry/become a winemaker?
Initially a very keen interest in drinking it. Then developing more interest in the industry with a bit of wine education. City life with young children drove us to making the jump.
Wine & dine, what’s your favourite match?
Oysters & Chardonnay.
Share a fact about your winery that only a few know:
Stonecroft built the first winery in the Gimblett Gravels.
Hidden gems and favourite spots in your region:
Roosters Brewery. The beer is brewed on site, with flagons for take-away.
Things you still want to do:
Make some wine without additives.
Last book read:
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Advice on buying wine:
Spend as much as you can.
Dead or alive, who would you like to share a glass of vino with?
Thanks a lot for your time Dermot!
Find out more about Stonecroft here.
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