Ushering in a new era at Poole’s Rock

imageWinemaker Usher Tinkler is to leave Poole’s Rock (tastings) after eight and a half years, to focus on his family’s Tinklers Family Wines (tastings). He finishes up on December 21.

Apart from focusing on Tinklers, he will also be making wine at Tower Estate (tastings), together with his old mate Andrew Leembruggen.

The two first worked together at Mount Pleasant (tastings) years ago. They have entered into an agreement with the managing director of Tower Estate, Matt Cowley, to use the winery for a new contract winemaking business, as well as to make Tower Estate’s wines.

Tower will continue to make high-level wines from its own vines as well as other premium Australian vineyard regions, in the 2013 vintage. Both winemakers are on the right side of 40 and have already distinguished themselves.

Leembruggen previously worked at Drayton’s (tastings). Tower Estate includes the Relais & Chateaux property Tower Lodge, the Convent guest house, the historic 1876 Roberts Restaurant, and cellar restaurant Nine.

Jeff Byrne will continue as winemaker for the Agnew family’s Poole’s Rock and Audrey Wilkinson brands (tastings).

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