Sitting with Anthony Grundel and Craig Viney from Murray Street Vineyards, you get the feeling the pair run a very smooth operation. Grundel, the general manager, is just as comfortable talking about the importance of the winery’s mailing list as he is discussing their plans in China. Viney, who drives a VW Kombi and rides a skateboard, has a sample from the final press of the 2015 vintage on the coffee table. The pair spoke to Nathan Gogoll about making wine, selling wine and capability – rather than potential.
In a near-new winery in Greenock, Murray Street Vineyards crushes about 230 tonnes each year. Its own vintage numbers are boosted by a range of small producers who also make their wines in this modern facility. The winery already has storage space for one million litres, but is seeking to increase its licence to 1000 tonnes. There are plans to plant an extra vineyard on the Greenock property and to make sure the nearby Gomersal vineyard is performing at its best, which will probably result in some grafting or replanting in the near future. The winery has already paid its growers for the fruit they delivered for the 2015 vintage. And there are also plans to increase the number of cases of premium reds produced, aiming to hit the export market with more Shiraz at around $25 per bottle. Continue reading