Ask Dominic Wines’ celebrated chief winemaker Linley Schultz what makes a premium Australian wine and he’ll tell you in one word. Balance.
And the ability to achieve it in the fusion of both the art and science elements he believes defines winemaking.
It’s a philosophy that has served him well over an impressive career across multiple countries – and it’s driving his passion to create a diverse range of quality South Australian red and white wines, full of fruit and flavour, at affordable prices and right here in the Riverland wine region responsible for 30 per cent of Australia’s total wine production.
Each of his wines, produced and stored in state-of-the-art facilities, has a unique story to tell. There’s the soil, weather and geology that contribute towards signature varietal and regional characteristics; along with technological innovations and advances that allow Dominic Wines to create a consistently high-quality product to satisfy the palates of a dynamic and discerning local and international consumer.
The more popular red varietals include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Dry Red, while the whites cover Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon and Dry White.
Linley’s global perspective, gained in senior winemaking roles in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Argentina and South Africa, is complemented by a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) degree from South Australia’s esteemed Roseworthy College and some eight years learning from the very best at Penfolds, the home of the world-famous Grange label.