Sevenhill appoints new winemaker
8 Jan 2019
Sevenhill Cellars has appointed Will Shields as its new winemaker, starting in January 2019.
Will joins the Sevenhill team with more than 25 years’ winemaking experience, most recently as chief winemaker at Kirrihill Wines in the Clare Valley.
He has worked in various wine regions throughout Australia and New Zealand, with a major stint in Western Australia’s Margaret River region, including eight years at Vasse Felix followed by nearly ten years at Clairault. Will amassed a string of accolades during this time with as many as 50 awards for a range of wine styles, including Shiraz, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.
He then crossed the Tasman Sea to join The Wine Portfolio as its senior winemaker, spending nearly four years there, with a wine focus on Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot wine.
Allowing fruit to express itself is at the heart of Will’s approach to winemaking, using a soft hand to achieve balanced, elegant wines. Will looks forward to working with the fruit produced by Sevenhill’s estate vineyards, particularly the century-old blocks.
“I’ve long been an admirer of Sevenhill’s fruit,” said Will. “I’ve passed Sevenhill on my walks along the Riesling Trail and noticed how well managed the vineyards are.
“Their age also interests me. I’ve worked with reasonably old vineyards in Margaret River, but they were still only 30 or 40 years old. Some of Sevenhill’s vines are 100 years old, so it will be great to work with those.”