THE NAME GOLDMAN MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH ENTERTAINMENT, BUT DIG A LITTLE DEEPER AND YOU’LL DISCOVER THE FAMILY HAS DEVELOPED A DIFFERENT FORTE – LIMITED RELEASE WINE FROM DIVERSE REGIONS.
at the 2016 Sanctuary Cove Film Festival
celebrating with Goldman Wines.
‘‘Our strategy is to produce quality wines from premium vineyards in regions that have experienced exceptional growing conditions,” says Callan Goldman, founder of Goldman Wines and cousin of Mike Goldman, radio and TV host. “The plan is to build a reputation from producing premium small batch wines and purchase a property once we have established the brand.”
Callan is a WA-based Civil Engineer by trade, whose interest in wine was piqued while working at a cellar door, helping out in the winery which specialised in sparkling wine. “This is where I developed my passion for wine,” he explains. “Then one day I was sitting at the bar with a mate and decided we should give it a shot. That label lasted a couple of years and it was a great experience. Still wanting to establish a wine label I went out on my own and here we are!”
Currently, with the assistance of winemaker, Jo Marsh, the brand produces wine in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and the Alpine Valleys in Victoria.
“We source our fruit from the Hunter Valley, Beechworth and Alpine Valleys with plans this year to produce a Sauvignon Blanc from Orange. The family is from Cessnock in the Hunter Valley where the wine industry is part of life. The Hunter is most famous for Semillon and Shiraz and our first vintage as Goldman Wines was the famous 2014 vintage, which is regarded as the best vintage in recent history.
“Jo makes our Victorian wines and has her own label Billy Button Wines.”
The first wine Jo produced for Goldman Wines, 2015 Alpine Valleys Shiraz, won a gold medal at the North-East Victoria Wine Challenge. “Not bad for our first attempt!”
Callan continues: “Part of our strategy is to produce premium small batch wines. The size of each batch typically being between one and three Tonnes or 70 to 200 dozen. We source premium fruit by visiting the vineyards leading up to vintage and inspecting the grapes.”
Sales are via the website plus through a number of pubs and bottle shops within NSW and WA. “And we aim to expand into other states this year. We see a lot of potential in the Gold Coast market and have provided the wines for the Sanctuary Cove Film Festival for the past two years.”
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Goldman Wines, anticipating the first release of the year with the 2016 Beechworth Chardonnay.
“This wine will be named the ‘Olivia’, is in memory of Nanna Olive who sadly passed away last year. The fruit for this wine is of exceptional quality and was sourced from Beechworth Wine Estates. As we only produced two barrels of this wine (50% new French Oak, 50% older French Oak) it will be quite a Limited Release wine.”
We are also planning on producing again in 2017 and subject to weather condition in the next couple of months we are planning to produce a Hunter Valley Semillon. Orange Sauvignon Blanc (Organic), Alpine Valleys Shiraz from Con Mara Vineyard and Alpine Valleys Blanc de Blanc Sparkling (Chardonnay).