Winemaker interview - Nick Spencer of Nick Spencer Wines
Dedicated to producing exceptional, handcrafted wines that honour the New South Wales landscape.
After taking a break over the Easter weekend we are back this week with an interview with one of our favourite NSW winemakers Nick Spencer. Nick runs a small wine company dedicated to producing exceptional, handcrafted wines that honour the New South Wales landscape.
Producing award-winning wines for nearly two decades, Nick’s passion and remarkable talent for considered, quality wines is evident in every bottle. 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 wine show trophy for best shiraz in 2011; as a Len Evans tutorial scholar in 2011, as a finalist in the Young Guns of wine award in 2011 and a finalist in the Gourmet Traveller winemaker of the year in 2014.
Let’s get to know Nick...
What is your signature style when it comes to your winemaking?
Producing vibrant styles of wine that express bright fruit, perfume and are approachable. Through this approach they reflect where they were grown, how they were grown and how they were made. I’m not particularly fond of trickery.
What lured you to Gundagai and Tumbarumba?
They are two very interesting regions as they butt up with each other geographically but Tumbarumba is one of the cooler regions in the country and Gundagai one of the warmer. That’s altitude for you!
Gundagai intrigues me... the soils are built for vines, the climate is typically Australian (hot) and I think rather than shy away from the warm areas we should embrace the fact that the vast majority of the country is warm and there are suitable varieties and styles that we can produce to suit these warm areas.
Tumbarumba has long felt like my home for wine. I have been producing wine there for 15 years and I love Chardonnay. In my opinion, there are few regions in Australia that produce Chardonnay this well.
Tell us about your time in Georgia?
Perhaps one of the best experiences in my life, not really from a wine point of view but from a cultural and life perspective. One of the most beautiful countries in the world! And scary at the same time.
Favourite knock-off drink?
Beer. My favourites at the moment are from Bent Spoke and Capital Brewing.
If you were a wine, what would you be?
A wine that tastes like beer.
Best song match for your Gundagai Dry Red Blend?
Something nostalgic. It's inspired by the old Australian clarets of generations ago.
Who designed your wine labels and what was the inspiration behind them?
I designed them, they are inspired by a piece of art that we were given by a family friend who works a lot with Beaten gold leaf. Her name is Gaye Patterson. I always thought the art would look wonderful on a wine bottle so I ask for her permission and did it.
Do you have a nickname?
"Coral". I once wore a coral coloured jumper to a wine show dinner and have never lived it down. It still makes appearances from time to time.
If you weren't making wine, what would you be doing?
Your go-to party trick?
Where do you keep all your trophies, namely the 2009 Jimmy Watson and the 2011 National Wine Show trophies?
Ha! Unfortunately, the Watson is safely tucked away at Eden Road with all the other trophies.
**Make sure you check out Nick's wines, his Tumbarumba Chardonnay is a beauty and highly recommended**
The Wine Experience Team