We asked Brendan Hawker, winemaker at Yering Station and owner of his new brand, Lady & the Hawk, 5 questions about wine and winemaking in the Yarra Valley.
Click here for Lady and the Hawk 2016 Shiraz , or available at our bottleshop.
How did you get the bug for wine?
A love for home brewing beer and sharing the fruits of this pursuit with friends. I get a real kick from the enjoyment something I’ve made brings people. Getting into winemaking seemed like a natural extension of that, so I enrolled into a winemaking degree at Adelaide Uni and have never looked back.
Are there any experiences/ lessons that really shaped your winemaking?
You can’t make good wine from bad fruit! The importance of terroir is something that first properly sunk in on a visit to Burgundy some years ago and is regularly reinforced with the wines we make at Yering Station today. With Lady & The Hawk, and our small volumes, the quality of the vineyards and fruit we work with far outweighs what we can accomplish with technique.
What do you see as the future of your wines/vineyard?
Sticking with the original vision for Lady & The Hawk, we want to make wines that we love to drink, inspired from places we’ve visited. The hunt continues for Chenin Blanc to add a fresh, crisp white to the range and a Malbec for a bigger, juicier, vibrant red.
What is your favourite part of being in the Yarra Valley?
The Yarra Valley produces such an incredibly diverse and high quality range of wines. From the upper Yarra to valley floor, from the great old brands to the new producers pushing the boundaries of style, making the region a fascinating place to make wine. The wine community here is also one of the most cooperative I have seen, from working together to continually lift quality at a regional level, to simply being able to call up your neighbour to borrow something needed in a pinch.
Favourite/Hidden Gem Yarra Valley Wine?
Warramunda Estate make some really interesting red and whites that are built to age. Keep an eye out for their 2015 Cab, beautifully aromatic and densely structured. Watch it unfurl over the next 15 years.