Damian’s journey into the world of wine began working as a sommelier at landmark Sydney restaurants like the original Tetsuya’s in Rozelle and Pier at Rose Bay. Deciding that his future lay in the intriguing world of wine, he studied winemaking at Charles Sturt University and moved to the Yarra Valley where he spent a number of years as assistant winemaker at TarraWarra Estate.
Like other winemakers before him, an obsession with pinot noir took over Damian's life and, with an understanding wife and two young sons in tow, he took off to Oregon in the USA to do nothing but make pinot for three years at Benton-Lane Winery. While he loved Oregon and the immersion in pinot noir winemaking that it provided, Damian still felt the call of his other wine mistress - chardonnay. When the opportunity arose to move to Margaret River and take up the position of winemaker at internationally renowned Leeuwin Estate, it was too good to resist. Five years at Leeuwin Estate was an incredible experience, and took his winemaking to a whole new level.
The 2016 Journey Wines Heathcote Shiraz exhibits a dark garnet colour with vivid purple tints. The nose it at once incredibly aromatic yet concentrated - defined by aromas of plums, blackberries, cedar and spice. The wine is medium bodied yet complex, silky tannins provide detail and length to a very fine finish.