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16/12/2008

Hunter young gun strikes out on his own

Daniel Binet has recently taken that quantum step that many young winemakers aspire to, but few have the opportunity to realise.

Ballabourneen Wines is an established Hunter Valley boutique brand in which Dan now has a partnership with local vigneron Alex Stuart.

Ballabourneen cellar door will open December 13th on the Broke road ‘Golden Mile’, in what was formerly the Evans Family Wines Cellar Door.

Dan – better known to his Hunter Valley peers as “Bucket” gained invaluable experience for many years as protégé of the late and great Hunter winemaker Alasdair Sutherland, and paid tribute to his former mentor.

“If there was one thing that Al’ taught me – apart from how to make some fabulous wines, it was to back your own judgement, and that is exactly what has happened with me taking this big step.”

Ballabourneen wines currently available, and formerly made by Dan are Hunter shiraz, chambourcin, semillon and chardonnay.

Vineyards owned and contracted will see a tempranillo, rose, and sparkling moscato added to the above varieties, and making up the first Ballabourneen vintage under Dan’s ownership in 2009.

At the moment, like most Hunter winemakers, Dan is confident of a cracker 2009 harvest, with warm conditions and enough rain to ensure good yields. However despite his young years as a Hunter winemaker, Dan knows better than to ‘count his chickens’.

“So far so good with growing conditions – however if the weather remains good, our fruit is of the highest quality, and will ensure that we can produce wines that fit comfortably into the premium bracket that we aspire to.”

For more information, or further images, contact Gus Maher at Maher Initiatives on 0417 464 556, or Daniel Binet on 0421 696 262.

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