Natalie Fryar joins Kreglinger
Sparkling winemaker Natalie Fryar – the woman who perfected the Jansz style – has been appointed sparkling winemaker at Pipers Brook Vineyard/Kreglinger.
This is great news: not only is Fryar an outstanding sparkling winemaker but she’s a great spokeswoman with an infectiously bubbly (no cliché intended) personality.
“Tasmania is the most exciting sparkling wine region in the New World,” she says.
She will be responsible for all Kreglinger group sparkling wines under the Ninth Island, Pipers Brook Vineyard and Kreglinger brands (tastings).
It’s a much-needed shot in the arm for Pipers Brook Vineyard, which has been struggling to live up to its hallowed name in recent years. And last year chief winemaker René Bezemer was forced to retire due to health issues. This left the group relying on a clutch of outside consulting winemakers.
Pipers Brook Vineyard was established in 1974 by Andrew Pirie, who has not been involved since 2003. Kreglinger bought the business in 2001. In size and renown, it is one of Tasmania’s most important wine companies.
Speaking from the US where she is on a study trip, Natalie Fryar said she had been living permanently in Tasmania for a couple of years. She is presently working on some wines of her own and is about to launch a gin – and she’s delighted Kreglinger has consented to her continuing these projects.
“I’m so excited to be working with some of the best sparkling fruit in Australia found right here on the estate at Pipers Brook. It will be my honour and challenge to oversee the sparkling program and from what I’ve experienced already, wine lovers are in for a real treat with our upcoming releases.”
CEO John Hosken says Kreglinger has also retained the services of leading cool-climate viticulturist Ray Guerin to oversee an investment program in its vineyards.