Win­ery of the Year

SEVILLE ES­TATE, Yarra Val­ley, Vic­to­ria

Halliday - - Halliday Wine Companion Awards 2019 - Pre­sented by Wine Aus­tralia

There are times when Dy­lan McMa­hon is work­ing in the win­ery at Seville Es­tate and can imag­ine his grand­fa­ther hav­ing a few things to say about his wine­mak­ing. As the grand­son of the win­ery’s founders, the late Dr Peter McMa­hon and wife Mar­garet, Dy­lan can of­ten feel Pete look­ing over his shoul­der and ques­tion­ing some de­ci­sions. How­ever, hav­ing just won Win­ery of the Year, he’s pretty sure they would be thrilled with the re­sults.

Dy­lan was al­ways close toPete – a GP who had shared a prac­tice with Dr John Mid­dle­ton of Mount Mary – and spent a lot of time talk­ing about wine­mak­ing and viti­cul­ture to­gether. De­spite be­ing ac­cepted into elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, work at Seville Es­tate and vin­tages in Europe helped Dy­lan re­alise wine was his fu­ture. “The at­trac­tion is there’s this beau­ti­ful com­bi­na­tion of science and art,” Dy­lan says. “Plus there’s the dy­namic na­ture of get­ting your hands dirty, go­ing from clean­ing drains to host­ing din­ners, so there’s a lot of ap­peal and it keeps you oc­cu­pied.”

Dy­lan has worked hard to re­tain the brand’s her­itage and his grand­fa­ther’s orig­i­nal vi­sion for the win­ery. “I think I’ve put a per­sonal stamp on the styles, but all the fun­da­men­tals come from the his­tory of this place,” Dy­lan says, who took over the wine­mak­ing in 2004. “The vine­yards are all the orig­i­nal vine ma­te­rial, so it’s a com­bi­na­tion of that, the lo­ca­tion and the core un­der­stand­ing of this vineyard that trans­lates into the wine­mak­ing and the wines.”

Ad­di­tional val­i­da­tion has come this year with two Seville Es­tate wines also win­ning the pinot noir and shi­raz va­ri­etal cat­e­gories at the awards. “It was Pete’s stub­born­ness that had him try to prove you can ac­tu­ally grow shi­raz off the cooler parts of the Yarra Val­ley, which he did,” Dy­lan says. “His le­gacy was in pi­o­neer­ing shi­raz in this area and we have fol­lowed with this tra­di­tion.”

It’s fit­ting then that the Dr McMa­hon Shi­raz picked up its va­ri­etal award, with 99 points.

Seville Es­tate is in a new phase, with a re­cently opened restau­rant at their cel­lar door, and a newly land­scaped prop­erty where they of­fer ac­com­mo­da­tion, in­clud­ing in the orig­i­nal homestead. So what next? “We’re con­stantly try­ing to im­prove our vine­yards and wine­mak­ing, and ques­tion our­selves,” Dy­lan says.

“We are driven to show­case this great site. It sounds corny, but my wine­mak­ing tech­niques are all about pre­serv­ing the true fruit ex­pres­sion from our vineyard.”

Dy­lan McMa­hon.

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