A positive addiction

by Michael Cooper / 20 August, 2015
When it comes to winemaking, Julianne Brogden has found value in collaboration.
Fine Wines

"Winemaking is addictive,” says Julianne (“Julz”) Brogden. “It involves physical, dirty, hard labour and long, crazy hours.” But friendships made around the world, “the many laughs, great food, the loud, eclectic music – and of course the fine wine”, have made it all worthwhile.

Raised in Hawke’s Bay, Brogden is a Bachelor of Wine Science who worked for seven years in the famous Napa Valley wine region, near San Francisco. Back in the Bay, she works at the long-established Pask winery, but since 2010 has also been crafting consistently classy wines under her own label, Collaboration.

Brogden doesn’t own a vineyard or a winery. “For every wine, I think about what attributes I want to see in the final wine, then source sites accordingly.”

Family and close friends help with the vineyard work. “I run the bottling line at my main job, so I manage to get my mum, older sister and friends to put the bottles on the line and pack at the other end when I’m ­bottling my own wine.”

Other key supporters include her partner, winemaker Richard Painter, who works at the Te Awa winery, and vineyard supervisor Sam – a labrador.

A feature of Collaboration wines is their lovely labels. After living in a trailer in a Napa Valley canyon, paying US$50 a month, Brogden moved in with a well-known artist, Angela Tirrell – and her world of “entertaining dinner parties, interesting people and, of course, beautiful artwork”.

Conversation turned to the creation of a new range of wines, produced by Brogden and adorned with Tirrell’s abstract paintings.

The current releases include the stylish Ceresia Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2013 and the hand-picked, barrel-fermented Collaboration Aurulent Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013 (5/5 stars, $30), a very youthful, elegant wine. Mouthfilling, with a fragrant, citrusy bouquet, gently seasoned with oak, it is crisp and vibrant, with slightly smoky and buttery notes, firm acid spine, and excellent complexity, structure and depth.

Wine of the week

Collaboration CeresiaCollaboration Ceresia Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2013 (5/5 stars)

Elegant Bordeaux-like red, notably savoury and supple, with concentrated, well-ripened blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours, oak complexity and velvety tannins. Already delicious. $40

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage


Jane Goodall: We can live in harmony with nature
76836 2017-07-25 00:00:00Z Profiles

Jane Goodall: We can live in harmony with nature

by Sally Blundell

A world in which humans live in harmony with nature is still possible, says veteran environmental campaigner Jane Goodall.

Read more
Film festival 2017: David Larsen on the highlights (and lowlights) so far
76887 2017-07-25 00:00:00Z Movies

Film festival 2017: David Larsen on the highlights…

by David Larsen

The New Zealand International Film Festival is back for another year and Metro's David Larsen is in his happy place.

Read more
Richard Dawkins' truth, science and tediousness
76845 2017-07-25 00:00:00Z Books

Richard Dawkins' truth, science and tediousness

by Danyl McLauchlan

Richard Dawkins’ profound admiration for himself comes through loud and clear – with footnotes.

Read more
As anti-vaccination numbers rise, is it a case of herd stupidity, not immunity?
75047 2017-07-25 00:00:00Z Health

As anti-vaccination numbers rise, is it a case of …

by Sarah Lang

It’s astonishing just how many well-educated, presumably semi-intelligent New Zealanders subscribe to and try to spread this kind of nonsense.

Read more
The dreaded autocorrect disaster
76840 2017-07-25 00:00:00Z Life in NZ

The dreaded autocorrect disaster

by Joanne Black

Autocorrect may hide your texting and typing bloopers, but it won’t stop your blushes.

Read more
Retailers say competition laws block charge on plastic bags
76850 2017-07-24 16:14:42Z Environment

Retailers say competition laws block charge on pla…

by RNZ

1.5 billion plastic bags are used here each year and on average it takes just 12 minutes before a bag enters the waste stream.

Read more
Crossword 1037 answers and explanations
6 reasons your next family holiday should be in Taranaki
76777 2017-07-24 08:32:07Z Travel

6 reasons your next family holiday should be in Ta…

by Venture Taranaki

How to holiday like a local in the Naki.

Read more