Like many great New Zealand producers, Rob found his place in the wine world after working for a number of great like-minded producers abroad. Though Rob worked vintages in NZ, France and America, it wasn’t until he moved to Australia and started to work for Bill Downie and Patrick Sullivan that the concept for Unkel Wines was born.
I first met Rob at Patrick’s place back in 2016, when he shared his first wine ‘Raz and friends’ with me. This was a Yarra Valley Shiraz with a splash of Gewürztraminer and Arneis; a totally unconventional blend but a totally delicious one. It caught my attention, sold out in Australia that week and I have been following Rob ever since.
After doing his time working for Bill and Patrick in Australia, Rob and his wife Kate decided to move back to New Zealand and start a family. Eventually they settled on Nelson where they took over an old organic estate and winery near Mapua. There Rob is managing the vineyards, growing the fruit organically and making the wines on site too. He is completely dedicated to his Nelson project and I look forward to sharing what he has learned abroad and is putting to work right here in New Zealand with you.