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Nick Spencer Wines is a small Canberra based wine company dedicated to producing exceptional, hand crafted wines that honour their local landscape. Producing stunning, award winning wines for nearly two decades, Nick’s passion and remarkable talent for considered, quality wines is evident in every bottle. Awarded a degree in oenology at the University of Adelaide in 2000, Nick has worked for notable producers across the industry including Rosemount, Coldstream Hills, Madew Wines, Tertini Wines, and most recently, proudly lead the team at Eden Road for almost a decade.
Nick has received extensive industry recognition, winning the 2009 Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, the National Wineshow Trophy for best Shiraz in 2011; as a Len Evans Tutorial Schoolar in 2011, as a finalist in the Young Gun of Wine Award in 2011 and a finalist in the Gourmet Traveler Winemaker of the year in 2014. Nick made wine in Khakheti in Georgia for several years, has toured extensively through France, New Zealand and Californian Wine regions and is a regular judge at many regional and national wine shows including in Sydney and Queensland.
Nick lives in Canberra with his wife Sarah and their two young children.
Each vintage I have one goal in mind - to produce wines that reflect the unique qualities of the vineyard and its region, and the particular environmental conditions for that year.
The result is a consistent, pure and unpretentious house style which is wholly influenced by the site and vintage. This approach, producing wines with clarity, restraint and balance affords the best conduit to express the character of the fruit and the vintage of that year.
"I have a deep affection for both Gundagai and Tumbarumba. First and foremost for their ability to produce exceptional fruit that creates wine with intensity, balance, and age worthiness. They are both aesthetically spectacular, which is easy inspiration for crafting wines that honour these iconic landscapes."
As is the case with many wine regions in Australia, Gundagai is a vast with many different climes. The south east corner sits at the foothills of the snowy mountains abutting the Tumbarumba region. The climate is warm, yet benefits from sinking cold air off the great dividing range, resulting in a high diurnal temperature range. This climate, coupled with ancient red iron rich soils provide the perfect growing conditions for red grapes. I can highly recommend a drive through the region, as there is no doubt it is one of Australia's most breathtaking landscapes.
Tumbarumba is situated on the western escarpment of the Snowy Mountains. It sits at 800 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest altitude regions in Australia. Crisp, cool nights and brilliant sunshine coupled with ancient soils and mature vineyards make this area ideal for growing bright and delicate white wines.
Our label aims to reflect the pure, abundant quality of the regions we work in and the wines we produce, and we hope it echoes the richness, clarity and balance that is consistent in our wines. It is inspired by the artwork of a dear family friend Gaye Patterson, and beloved piece of her work that has hung in our home for 15 years. With a long and illustrious career as an artist, tutor and an artist in residence mostly in Europe, Gaye creates beautiful works that often feature gold leaf, a reference to Gaye's family's close connection to Myanmar. Gaye, thank you for the inspiration. For more of Gaye's work please visit her website: gayepatterson.com