MEET THE WINEMAKER
It's not just about making wine, it's about making seriously good wine.....
Phillip LeMessurier can make seriously good wine. So good that he has Australian wine critic’s supplicating for his next drop. Not to mention the public’s requests for more. Thanks to his extensive experience both in Australian and overseas vineyards, today he turns his talented winemaking hands to his own label, Corduroy Wines.
In 1999, Phil worked his first vintage in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Inspired by the energy, intensity, and team-work that comes with working in a cellar, he knew winemaking was his life calling. Next stop: the US where he undertook a vintage at the renowned family estate Domain Drouhin in Portland, Oregon.
Back in the “Vale”, he worked a two-year stint at Wirra Wirra where he cemented his career in winemaking.
From 2002–2005, Phil took his practical expertise to the classroom, graduating with a degree in Oenology at the University of Adelaide, SA. He then accepted the much-sought after job as Assistant Winemaker at Thomas Wines in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Thomas Wines allowed Phil to further develop his practical and theoretical experience and he truly began to flourish as a winemaker.
Back overseas, he worked vintages in the Napa Valley at state-of-the-art winery, Vineyard 29 and in the magnificent Rhone Valley, France, at Paul Jaboulet. He currently works at Brokenwood, Hunter Valley.
The evolution of Corduroy Wines has always been Phil’s so-called love child. Starting Corduroy in 2009 as a small side project, it’s now developed into a boutique and respected wine brand producing wines out of his beloved Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley, SA.
Phil expresses his dream and art through the range of wines he has handcrafted for Corduroy. He brings balance, thoughtfulness and a deep and committed mastery to his wines. As the winemaker say’s himself, ‘to perfect a passion, is contentment. For a passion is an expression of self which always changes!’
When his feet aren’t crushing grapes in the barrels you will find Phil hanging out with his wife, Eliza and daughter Bonnie, at Newcastle beach surfing, kicking the footy or reveling in his cheeky fantasy AFL habit.