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WINEMAKERS

James Rowan – Waiheke Island

James RowanJames Rowan has recently joined the SOHO team as our Waiheke Island winemaker. James has been a winemaker at West Brook Winery (one of NZ’s most highly awarded wineries for its size) since 2004. Previously he had 3 vintages with Delegat’s Wine Estate & four years winemaking at Mudbrick Vineyard on Waiheke Island. James is also a highly regarded wine judge, judging some of NZ’s most prestigious wine competitions & magazines. James philosophy “Wine, like life, is about texture. The fruit decides the style – we just guide it down the path, teasing out the nuances, playing in the shadows”.

James is one of the NZ wine industry’s true characters, his personality is like his wine, full of vigour & charm… trophies & gold medals earned are as outstanding as his facial hair!

Dave Clouston – Marlborough

Dave CloustonMarlborough born & bred Dave Clouston (Two Rivers Marlborough) produces wines that are true expressions of Marborough’s unique terrior. Dave’s wines are clean, pure, & consistent, with a strong focus on balance, length & texture. High quality & hand crafted wines have earned Dave gold medals for SOHO Stella Sauvignon Blanc, SOHO Jagger Pinot Gris, SOHO White Sauvignon Blanc & 2 golds for his SOHO Havana Pinot Noir. In 2011 Dave was an Australasian Young Winemaker of the Year finalist.

With 27 vintages under his belt it is hard to believe this award winning winemaker is only 35. His commitment & energy exude throughout his wine & his lifestyle…carving up waves, snow & even the odd dance floor.

Grant Taylor – Central Otago

Grant TaylorPioneering winemaker Grant Taylor (Valli Vineyards) joined the SOHO WINE CO team to provide us with an outstanding Central Otago Pinot Noir. He has won the BEST PINOT NOIR at the London International Wine Challenge not once, but twice – a feat achieved by no other winemaker. The SOHO McQueen Pinot Noir won #1 Pinot Noir in New Zealand in Cuisine Magazine. In that same year the SOHO McQueen Couture limited edition Pinot Noir also won the 4th best Pinot Noir in Cuisine Magazine. Recently SOHO won 2 gold medals for the latest vintage of McQueen Pinot Noir.

Grant’s wines are suffused with personality & charm, & age superbly – some would say a reflection of this unique winemaker… nicknamed the Valli Lama.