Australian Winemaker of the Year

Deep Woods Julian & James H
Julian Langworthy and James Halliday

By Fergal Gleeson

Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker at Deep Woods Estate has taken out Winemaker of the Year at the Halliday Wine Companion Awards held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. This marks an incredible run of awards for the Deep Woods winemaker.

A Jimmy Watson Award winner, Julian was Ray Jordan’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year and a Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year nominee.  His career has included vintages in France and Canada, as well as senior winemaking roles in the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra.

Passionate about producing regionally distinctive wines, Julian joined the Deep Woods team in 2011. Under his leadership, the winemaking team has continued to refine the Deep Woods style, culminating in over 25 trophies and in excess of 70 gold medals awarded across major national and international wine shows.

Deep Woods Julian pippette

The award is a great recognition for a winemaker that produces wine from the everyday to world class premium wines. The Deep Woods Estate range most of which retails for around $20 represent outstanding value for the quality. The Shiraz et al and Sauvignon Blanc are cases in point. The Reserve wines are exceptional. Deep Woods have also been highly awarded for their Rosés and are now the biggest Rosé producer in Western Australia.

“I’ve been here 7 years but it feels like I’ve just started” Julian says. “The journey so far has been an amazing success for a new brand.”

He jokingly attributes the success to his “good looks and nepotism” but his wine making philosophy is all about flexibility. “It’s how I feel that day. You should never be too rigid. You must respond to different conditions. That might drive some of my people crazy!  The larger wineries find it hard not be formulaic but I’m more finger in the wind and sporadic.”

“It’s about being passionate to make something interesting and contemporary. I’m deeply biased of course but Margaret River is really idyllic for winemaking. When you have the right vineyard what happens in the winery is easy.”

This is a modified excerpt from an article that appeared in the spring edition of Your Margaret River Region Magazine





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