Since 2000 Peter Fraser has been the winemaker and driving force behind Yangarra Estate Vineyard.
Peter graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1997 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology). During his studies at Adelaide University, he also completed officer training with the Army Reserve unit, The Adelaide University Regiment, graduating as a commissioned officer in 1996.
Prior to joining Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Peter made wine at St. Hallett in the Barossa Valley and Normans Wines, Clarendon. In his first vintage at Normans, Peter won the 2002 Winestate Wine of the Year for his 1998 Chais Clarendon Shiraz. In 2003 Peter was one of the finalists for the Australian Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year. In 2005 and 2006 (under Peter’s direction) Yangarra Estate wines won International Winery of the Year from Wine & Spirits. Most recently, Peter was named Winemaker of the Year by James Halliday as part of his 2016 Wine Companion Awards.
He now has over 20 years under his belt, 31 harvests including Spain and California. He has honed his craft over those years, to nurture a winemaking process that best show purity and an honest reflection of variety and place.
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Horticulturer, viticulturer, vineyard manager, custodian of the land
Michael has been the manager of our vineyard since 2000, and has worked over these years with Peter to implement vineyard practices that ensure our wines are a confident reflection of this land. He is passionate about biodynamics and counts Yangarra’s switch to environmentally responsible vineyard practices as its biggest advantage.
“These techniques give our wines a better chance to reflect their particular sites. They are more individual and more expressive of their location.
“It’s better: better for the land and better for the people who no longer have to handle those old chemicals.”
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