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New From Young-Guns Patrick Sullivan and Xavier


Patrick Sullivan - a name now synonymous with progressive wine in Australia - was born and raised in Victoria, where he grew up on the family farm. After travelling to Europe and living in London as a youngster, he returned to his homeland and studied winemaking and viticulture. 

Sullivan puts a huge importance on quality grapes and, in keeping with The Oak Barrel's long-held softly-spoken philosophy, I can't disagree with him. To make good wine you need good grapes at the beginning. The rest is just winemaking.

Only sourcing grapes from organic or biodynamic vineyards, Sullivans makes his wine with minimal intervention and in small-batches. As we're talking about his latest releases, it's prudent to mention that his Mothers' Love Pinot Noir is aged in a ceramic egg for one year.

While he's one of our most in-demand and most asked for labels here at The Oak Barrel, to the wider world he's a very promising winemaker, one who is at the forefront of his generation and definitely someone to follow in the upcoming few years. He's already making Pinot Noir from the Yarra Valley like a master and we are glad to have access to this limited batch this year. (It only goes to restaurants sometimes...)

We've also received the latest Xavier Goodridge’s wines, who's another promising winemaker. (More details in another article.)

 Wine available:

Patrick Sullivan Jumping Juice 2016
Patrick Sullivan A Mother's Love Pinot Noir 2015
Xavier Halfway to Heaven Fiano 2016
Xavier Papa Shiraz 2016

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-Paul Hervy

Paul Hervy