Every year, international winemakers and cellar hands descend on Coonawarra to gain valuable experience in the vineyards and wineries. Meet Leonore Salancon from Bordeaux, France. Leonore joins the Brand’s Laira team as assistant winemaker for the 2018 Coonawarra Vintage.
Q. What initially attracted you to Coonawarra?
I’ve always wanted to work in Coonawarra as the region is internationally renowned for producing amazing cabernet - my favourite grape to work with!
Q. Where else have you worked in the wine industry?
I have worked in numerous wine regions in the past including Bordeaux in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Napa Valley in California. In 2016 I also worked for a family winery in the Ferguson Valley in Western Australia.
Q. What do you love about working at Brand’s Laira?
I really enjoy Brand’s Laira’s approach of combining traditional winemaking techniques with modern methods. It can be challenging at times to adapt your winemaking style between the two; however it’s been a fantastic experience learning new skills from the team. My favourite part of my role is being able to follow the ferment and being aware of what’s happening in the tank – the aromas and the taste. For me, that’s the most exciting part of winemaking!
Q. What’s your favourite Brand’s Laira wine and why?
Definitely Stentiford’s. I love this wine’s choc-berry taste and how incredibly smooth the tannins are. It’s well balanced and delivers good harmony between nose and mouth.
Q. Where to after you finish Vintage 2018 in Coonawarra?
Hmmm…good question! I’m not really sure. I’m not ready to go home yet and I’m hoping to find a permanent winemaking position in Australia.
The perfect age means everything in winemaking.