A risk worth taking

Gavin Berry (left) and Michael Kerrigan of Risky Business Wines. (Photo: Bancroft Wines)

There are quite a few wine names that allude to the doubtful sanity of starting a vineyard or winery. The first was probably Lakes Folly. In WA we have Plan B Wines and Risky Business. Risky Business is a partnership between well-known and highly successful winemakers Gavin Berry and Michael Kerrigan. Berry is best known for West Cape Howe and his own brand, Mount Trio, while Kerrigan is the winemaker at Hay Shed Hill. The other partner of Risky Business is Rob Quenby, a viticultural contractor who is also involved in West Cape Howe.

I’ve been impressed with the Risky Business wines for some time now, if a little frustrated at the small quantities produced, some as little as 150 dozen.

I’ve been impressed with the Risky Business wines for some time now, if a little frustrated at the small quantities produced, some as little as 150 dozen. The wines are sourced from vineyards in the Great Southern and Margaret River managed by Quenby Viticultural Services. The back-labels are signed by Quenby and John Waldron, who is described as the vintner.

The latest crop of Risky Business wines include an outstanding 2016 malbec (AUD $25, 93 points), the 2017 White Knuckle Chardonnay (AUD $25, 93 points, 273 dozen) which has deliciously grapefruity Margaret River regional fruit character, and the delicious 2016 shiraz grenache tempranillo (AUD $25, 91 points, 492 dozen). These are top quality, remarkably priced wines which may be hard to find but are worth seeking out.

Visit the Risky Business Wines website here.

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