Winemaker of the year
Bruce has twenty years of valuable postgraduate industry experience, shared between iconic producers; Niebaum-Coppola Winery in the Napa Valley of California (Assistant Winemaker), Pierro Margaret River Vineyards in Western Australia (Winemaker and General Manager) and currently as the Senior Winemaker and Director for Naturaliste Vintners. Bruce has assisted in the establishment of several “five star” producers in the Margaret River area. His approach to grape growing and winemaking has been shaped by a wide range of high quality industry experience, in conjunction with a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. His deep technical and applied understanding of viticulture, and how viticultural parameters affect wine quality result in very high quality wines and meaningful feed back to clients. Wines made by Bruce over the last 3 years have achieved many medals and a number of trophies. In 2009 three wines were awarded Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards, followed by another two at the 2010 awards, elevating our local wines to the International stage. Bruce has several publications in fully refereed scientific journals, as well as having authored a chapter in a winemaking text-book. He currently prefers to focus on hands on winemaking and viticultural consulting. Viticultural consulting is biased toward fine-tuning vineyards to ensure that the fruit is farmed to the correct specifications for the intended wine-style. He was awarded "Best WA Winemaker 2011" by Wines of Western Australia.