Brett Schutz - Senior Winemaker
5 Minutes with Brett
Q. Who is the greatest influence in your winemaking life?
Every winemaker I have worked with has contributed a different piece of knowledge and expertise that has contributed to the winemaker I am today. There is only so much that you can learn at university – the knowledge and experiences of your predecessors are invaluable.
Q. What is your approach to winemaking?
Work as a team with your peers and consider all options and opinions to craft wines everyone can enjoy, keeping a good balance of tradition and innovation in technique.
Q. What winemaking philosophy do you live by?
Great wines are primarily a product of great viticulture. It is up to the winemaker to encapsulate the terroir and take care of the grower’s fruit to deliver a wine that truly reflects the region, using winemaking techniques and methods that promote and complement that.
Q. What is your favourite part of the winemaking process?
Blending – it is amazing to see how often the final wine can become greater than the sum of its parts. When the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ comes together on the palate, it is just like presenting a crafted artwork at an exhibition.
Q. If you could invite one person to share a bottle of your wine with, who would it be?
That’s a tough one! I love getting feedback from wine lovers and enjoy sharing wines with family and friends I have participated in creating.
Q. What is your favourite Peter Lehmann wine and why?
The Masters’ Collection 8 Songs shiraz. A seriously powerful wine, but with a graceful complexity. A wine style anyone would be proud to make.
Q. What is your favourite wine and food match and why?
Nothing beats Riesling and seafood – chilli blue swimmer crab or freshly shucked oysters with a current vintage Rizza… mmmm yum! (Preferably at the beach).
Q. When you are not making wine, what do you enjoy doing?
Spending time with my friends and family doing anything that makes us all smile! Cooking, eating good food, camping, fishing, skiing – both on the water and at the snow and new discoveries through travel.
Q. What’s your favourite wine region in the world - other than your own?
Champagne – so many amazing underground treasures to discover and such beautiful views!
Q. If you weren’t making wine for a living, what would you be doing?
I love flying and am partway through my pilot’s license, unsure if I will ever get around to finishing it!
Q. What do you love most about the Barossa?
A combination of the beauty and history/heritage. It is humbling to be part of something that commands such a high level of interest from international and domestic visitors.
Q. Favourite book?
I don’t really do much reading – I actually don’t think I’ve read a book since high school! Sadly, my reading consists mainly of newspapers and winemaking and viticulture journals!
Q. Favourite movie?
It would be a toss-up between the James Bond series and Indiana Jones.