By Alan Peters-Oswald | Posted: Wednesday November 16, 2016
Alan won Best Wine from New Zealand and Best Pinot Noir at the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Growing up in the small town of Roxburgh, not far from the now internationally renowned wine growing sub regions of Central Otago, instilled in me a love of the rugged beauty and boldly contrasting extremes this region has to offer.
Moving away from Central Otago at 10 years of age did not extinguish my passion for the region, and after gaining an interest in horticulture during my High School years at Otago Boys' , my curiosity of viticulture was sparked by the blooming vineyard plantings in Central Otago – this was to be the catalyst for my journey towards winemaking.
This curiosity of viticulture led me to Marlborough – The heart of the New Zealand wine industry, where I gained a Diploma in Viticulture and Wine Production – and above all, a passion for wine.
I guess in a rather uncanny way I have come full circle – from growing up on a small lifestyle block in rural Central Otago farming Angora goats, to the role of Winemaker for Central Otago’s Nanny Goat Vineyard, producing premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
There is no shortage of inspiration in this region – whichever way you turn there is beauty to be found, and I believe that as a winemaker it is my job to make wines that interpret and their unique place origin, the individual sites from which their fruit is sourced, and the quality of the fruit used. Wines should speak for themselves and not be veiled by excessive winemaking intervention. This philosophy applies not only to the wines of Nanny Goat Vineyard, but to all wines I have played a part in producing.