Heartland Wines

Ten Questions

We asked our lead team a series of questions
so you can get to know them better.
Here are their (candid) responses...

1

What’s the best bottle of red you've ever had?

Scott:

Bin 60A that Grant Tilbrook brought to dinner. We were all so gob-smacked after a glass each that we left it for Grant in respect.

Grant:

Depends where it was... at Dinner Table Penfolds Bin 60A from 1962, on the boat fishing at Channel Point Ornellaia... can’t remember the vintage.

Ben:

The one I am looking forward to tonight.

Nick:

Silly question. I know I wrote it, but, 1937 Doctor Barolet Morey-Saint-Denis, because I am a nerd and I didn’t have to pay for it.

2

Who are your industry heroes?

Scott:

A few mates fit, but would not want to give them big heads. My Father Doug Collett needs a mention.

Grant:

Unfortunately too many of them are dead, but those that have built a success around family business without the benefit of a silver spoon in their gob e.g. Tyrrell, Osborn, Lehmann, Blass, Pannell...

Ben:

My family has obviously been a big influence, and my family and the industry are pretty inseparable. Bruce Tyrrell gets a mention too.

Nick:

I reckon all the wine journos and educators who share their love and barely see a penny for their work or the bloggers, collectors and all those who spread the word and open the bottles. We’d be stuffed without them.

3

What do you hate to taste in a bottle of red and why?

Scott:

Farkin Cork Taint. Thin reds with green, unripe tannins. Pinot Noir (except big ripe ones which are almost as good as McLaren Vale Grenache). Heat affected bottles.

Grant:

TCA…what a waste plus cheap and chippy wood.

Ben:

Lots of fruit and not much else. Boring me should be a criminal offense.

Nick:

Viognier. There is no excuse for this grape.

4

It’s just a drink. Why do you care so much?

Scott:

a/. Life’s too short. b/. If it has my name on it, I care.

Grant:

Enjoy the challenge of trying to make a $ in a difficult and complicated business that encompasses most of the work things I enjoy.

Ben:

I would be rubbish at virtually anything else and my football career was not all I’d hoped.

Nick:

We have a duty to enjoy our lives. Wine gives hard working people a bit of pleasure at day’s end. Sounds like a noble calling to me.

5

If you had a proper job, what and why?

Scott:

Personal drinking trainer. It’s what I do best.

Grant:

Architect….like to be constructive.

Ben:

Buying fruit in Armenia. I have lived a little.

Nick:

Writer or public speaker. I don’t like to be interrupted when I am making a point.

6

Pick one Heartland wine and tell us what you are going to eat with it.

Scott:

2008 Director’s Cut Shiraz with Osso Bucco, cooked for days.

Grant:

Directors Cut with a good steak medium well done with peas and chips.

Ben:

Dolcetto & Lagrein with a beef schnitzel and pepper sauce…after a pint of course.

Nick:

Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon with a classic Aussie lamb roast, or better, lamb on the spit with garlic, rosemary and thyme and maybe a little oregano…try it.

7

What is your favourite white wine?

Scott:

Varies, but one is chilled Fino Sherry with cheese and crackers.

Grant:

Sancerre.

Ben:

2001 Dr Loosen Urziger Wurtzgarten Riesling Auslese I admire Dr. Loosen Estate because I love wines with character and a sense of place like these gems from the Mosel. I also respect the way Ernie champions not just his own wines, but his entire region.

Nick:

Riesling from anywhere, because it always tells the tale of its origin.

8

What makes you so hard to live with?

Scott:

I am not often in one place for long.

Grant:

I prefer to live with the dogs because I can put them outside when they annoy me.

Ben:

My personality. If you know me, you understand.

Nick:

Restless Leg Syndrome and I am a very bad influence.

9

Say something nice about the other three.

Scott:

They can have fun, take a joke, work hard and play hard.

Grant:

My health and quality of life always improves by the second day after I see them.

Ben:

They know how lucky they are to know me.

Nick:

They corrupt me in the nicest way.

10

What do you love about living in Australia?

Scott:

Wide open spaces, blue skies, clean waters.

Grant:

Space, country life, simplicity, being part of the new master race.

Ben:

You could only ask that if you have never been here or if you are a complete idiot. Nick wrote the questions. Need I say more?

Nick:

Being awoken by 10 different kinds of bird on a summer’s morning and taking a swim at the beach before work.