Mahana Winemaker, Michael Glover, is certainly one of those idealists.
“Michael is a deep thinker, one of the most perceptive, intelligent, considered yet rebellious winemakers. After 20-plus years making wine, he no longer accepts anything as given. He doesn’t simply question the status quo, he challenges it,” Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine April/May 2015.
Michael Glover left his family’s small vineyard which is just a few kilometres away from Mahana back in 1993 in order to complete a Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia. The intention was always to return but having met his wife Catherine whilst studying, his return was delayed by about 22 years.
Whilst in Australia he worked as a winemaker in the Hunter Valley at The Rothbury Estate when it was still in the hands of the legendary Len Evans, as well as at Oakvale. After 5 years in the Hunter he went to the cooler climates of Tasmania where he worked as winemaker for Moorilla Estate. After 5 years in Hobart, Michael felt the need to move on and was approached by the iconic Bannockburn Vineyards in Geelong to make wine for them after the departure of Gary Farr. Throughout this time he vintaged at wineries in Campania, Puglia, Sardinia, Tuscany, Mosel, Provence and Burgundy.
Michael believes the best wines are “not forced or pushed and they are definitely not manipulated. The winemaker guides the fruit in a direction that he or she thinks will best ‘capture’ or ‘reflect’ the place in which they are grown. It can be beautiful, artistic, expressive, philosophical and VERY personal. The very best wines are sincere wines and display integrity and commitment right through the process. These are wines that have a soul!”
Having worked with many great producers with strong philosophies in Europe, Michael says he has no doubt that great wine comes from great vineyards producing great grapes. “The limiting factor of any wine is the site. You could be the greatest winemaker on the planet but you’re only as good as your site,” he submits.
“Mahana gives me the opportunity to make wine from dry-grown and organically managed vineyards that produce fruit requiring no ‘extraneous’ additions. The winemaking takes place in a winery that is purpose-built to use gravity rather than pumps. For me…it is as authentic and as pure as it can be.”