Tim Dolan - Senior Winemaker

Tim Dolan is the third generation of his family to make wine in the Barossa, following his father Nigel and grandfather Bryan – two of the most influential winemakers of their respective eras.

Taking a shine to winemaking from a very young age, Tim worked for pocket money after school in just about every part of the winery, from crushing to cleaning. With a degree in Oenology from The University of Adelaide under his belt, in the five years that followed Tim set out to amass as much international experience as possible working vintages in eight different regions across USA, Italy, Canada and closer to home here in Australia.

Tim returned to Australia ready to forge his career. In 2011 Tim joined the Peter Lehmann team under the stewardship of then Chief Winemaker, Andrew Wigan. Since that time he has proven himself to be a talented and highly competent winemaker brimming with passion and ideas.


Q. Who is the greatest influence in your winemaking life?

My father

Q. What is your approach to winemaking?

Modern, but continually investigating the past.

Q. PLW has many loyal drinkers, how would you describe them?

Part of the family.

Q. What winemaking philosophy do you live by?

"You make your own luck".

Q. What is your favourite part of the winemaking process?

Working in a great team environment.

Q. If you could invite one person to share a bottle of your wine with, who would it be?

Steven Crawford of Frederick Stevenson Wines – a four hour debate over said bottle would no doubt ensue.

Q. What is your favourite Peter Lehmann wines and why?

2014 VSV Valley View Road Shiraz – a step away from traditional Barossan Shiraz whilst being very reflective of the site and vintage.

Q. What is your favourite wine and food match and why?

Riesling and Oysters, enough said!

Q. When you are not making wine, what do you enjoy doing?

Playing hockey, trying out new restaurants / wine bars and traveling.

Q. What’s your favourite wine region in the world — other than your own?


Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?

At university I was a champion Water Polo player (true if you cut out the word champion).

Q. If you weren’t making wine for a living, what would you be doing?

Have never considered another option! Something that would involve as much travel as possible.

Q. What’s the best wine you’ve ever tasted? The most interesting?

1993 PL’s Reserve Eden Valley Riesling. Some old Barolos have been incredibly interesting, nothing specific comes to mind.

Q. What do you love most about the Barossa?

The community spirit

Q. Favourite music?

Avant-garde Jazz

Q. Favourite book?

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Q. Favourite movie?