Usher Tinkler’s new Vigneron Range

As a third-generation vigneron, Usher Tinkler is probably most renowned for his experimental small batch wines under his eponymous brand. With unconventional blends, a natural approach to wine making, his wines are dynamic and authentically represent the vintage conditions. 

He recently launched the 2023 Vigneron range with a trio of classic but progressively styled wines, which Usher says takes their inspiration from French terminology. “In France wines labelled as Vigneron, mean a specific kind of winemaker – those who cultivate their own fruit and make the wine from their own harvest.” 

These are small batch premium single vineyard wines that pay homage to the dedication, commitment and investment that vignerons make year in and year out. “I don’t buy juice and label it, this is about the blood, sweat and tears that go into the vineyards I personally own and express in these wines” he explained. 

The Big Bad Bill Semillon comes from over 50 years old, low yielding vines. The wine has that classic lemon limey citrusy goodness that will drink perfectly with seafood or age for years to come.

The Paperwasp Chardonnay is a delicious drop with white flowers, just ripe stone fruits and a mealy textural finish. It’s elegant and accessible. The Devil’s Kitchen Pinot is aromatic with red berries and a lovely freshness on the palate. 

Usher Tinkler’s Cellar Door is a charming, renovated church in Pokolbin. They open 7 days a week for tastings and also offer delicious salumi and cheese. 

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Written by Cathy Gadd