Damian’s journey into the world of wine began working as a sommelier at landmark Sydney restaurants like the original Tetsuya’s in Rozelle and Pier at Rose Bay. Deciding that his future lay in the intriguing world of wine, he studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University and moved to the Yarra Valley where he spent a number of years as assistant winemaker at TarraWarra Estate.
Like other winemakers before him, an obsession with pinot noir took over Damian's life and, with an understanding wife and two young sons in tow, he took off to Oregon in the USA to do nothing but make pinot for three years at Benton-Lane Winery. While he loved Oregon and the immersion in pinot noir winemaking that it provided, Damian still felt the call of his other wine mistress - chardonnay. When the opportunity arose to move to Margaret River and take up the position of winemaker at internationally renowned Leeuwin Estate, it was too good to resist. Five years at Leeuwin Estate was an incredible experience, and took his winemaking to a whole new level.
Fiano, a grape traditionally grown in the southern part of Italy in Campania, is made in a dry aromatic style. This 2018 Fiano from Heathcote, has aromas of green apple, pear and grapefruit. This palate is crisp, dry and refreshing with a lovely textual component to the very long finish.