The spirit of adventure
The label was inspired by an old framed print of a man bravely sailing a yacht in a stiff breeze that always evoked a desire for the freedom of individual endeavour and exploration in nature.
The spirit of adventure drives Cormack & Co to explore regions across Australia, finding the synergies between regions and the grape varietals that thrive there.
Wines expressing regional character
The range is crafted to express pure varietal characteristics, speaking loud and clear with a sense of place and provenance. The first vintages focused on Margaret River and Adelaide Hills, bringing those regions’ most successful varietals to life in a range of stylish, flavoursome wines.
In Margaret River, the maritime climate is perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (similar conditions to Bordeaux in France). Cormack and Co. create a lusciously flavoursome style along with the region’s classic whites, crisp Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blend and elegant, refined Chardonnay. In certain vintages, there is also an ethereal Pinot Noir with smoky strawberry and cherry characters along with hints of intriguing forest-floor and mushroom complexity.
From the cool-climate Adelaide Hills, Cormack & Co. create a fine example of restrained Chardonnay, alive with vibrant citrus and stone fruit characters carried over a fine backbone of acidity and freshness.
Cormack & Co. is a great choice for winelovers who appreciate provenance and style, crafted with modern winemaking techniques and expertise for a great price.
Started studying straight out of school at Adelaide University finishing in 2005. My passion really developed after Uni and once I started in the real world, I was really able to see what it was all about. I’ve had great experiences working in wineries in Long Island New York and in the Rheinhessen in Germany. As for significant milestones, not many, but I am very proud of the recognition Cormack & Co wines are starting to get, as a lot of hard work has gone into the viticulture and winemaking in the last few years.
1999 Hospice De Beaune, 1er Cru, Cuvee Guigone Du Salins from Burgundy, which I purchased from the region when I visited there in 2008. Probably the first Pinot Noir that really made me stand up and take notice. For me just blew everything else away that night, and there were a few very good wines!
1. Go with your gut. A particular wine can be influenced in so many ways by a winemaker, so it’s easy to get distracted by the numerous options at hand. For me the best wines are usually the ones made by your first instincts rather than over-thinking them.
2. Taking the time to smell (yes smell) new barrels, especially when they're being filled with young red or white wine. It is intoxicating!
3. Tasting old wines, and hearing the great stories that go with them.
“The best wines are usually the ones made by your first instincts rather than over-thinking them.”