With over 20 years in the wine industry Chief Winemaker, Nigel Westblade, has a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience under his belt. Nigel has completed vintages in some of the most prominent wine regions in the world including the US, Australia and China.
Nigel was appointed Chief Winemaker for Peter Lehmann Wines in 2017. With his passion and talent for winemaking and excellent leadership skills, Nigel is proud to guide the future direction of Peter Lehmann winemaking whilst maintaining the integrity of the wines.
5 MINUTES WITH NIGEL
I have worked with so many great people, I find it really interesting to observe my peers in action and to try and determine what traits or skills make them exceptional winemakers. One thing I have noticed, they all seem to have coolness under pressure, when others around them are falling apart they can see the path forward with calmness and clarity, people like Kendall Mix and Ros Ritchie are great examples.
I like to understand what is happening with a wine and gently guide in the direction that will produce the best result for each individual parcel.
PLW wine drinkers have a very good understanding of quality but don’t necessarily get caught up in wine fads. This allows them to enjoy wines of outstanding quality at great value.
Keep it simple and focus on doing the important things well.
The whole controlled chaos that is vintage!
Q. What is your favourite Peter Lehmann wines and why?
Futures Shiraz, A great wine and arguably the greatest wine story in Australia. Every wine brands want to have a “story” at the moment. The Futures shiraz is the real deal.
Spending time with family and friends, and dropping in a fishing line.
The Napa Valley, there is so much going on there in terms of varying winemaking styles. It makes for a really interesting tasting.
My promising football career was cut tragically short in my teens due to a couple of fractured vertebrae. ( I was a very average footballer by the way, so it was no great loss to the football world)
I would be back on the family farm, still enjoying the rural lifestyle.
Anything by Mathew Riley.
I still would have to say after all these years Shawshank Redemption. The Departed is also fantastic.