Jody is a born and bred southerner, when he is not making wine, playing golf or fixing up his old Landie. You can find him at home on his lifestyle block in Cromwell with his wife, Forrest the dog and their chickens, pigs and piglets. 2018 marks Jody’s 20th Vintage as a winemaker, while his adventure has taken him all around the world exploring different vintages, wines and winemaking techniques, it was during his time in Chambolle Musigny, Burgundy, under the wing of Francois Millet at Domaine Comte George De Vogue that he was introduced to a whole new world of Pinot Noir and it would be fair to say, that it was here that his passion was born. Eventually Jody returned home and has spent the last 12yrs in Central Otago making Pinot Noir. His winemaking philosophy is one of restraint, firmly believing that the role of the winemaker should be one of interpretation. Listening to the season, understanding what that means for the fruit and then translating that into wine that speaks of its origins. The vineyard, the soils and the season should be easily recognisable in the wines, not the winemaker.