Dodgy Brothers

I've been thinking a lot lately about how the Australian wine industry is going through a small revolution. Over the past 10 years there are many examples of winemakers who have had enough of playing the corporate wine game and have left to do their own thing. And when I say corporate I don't necessarily mean one of the giants that crush 10000 tonnes a year. I just mean established wineries that are bound by their logistics and size that they have to play by a set of rules. The guys that have to produce 100000 cases of Shiraz with high(ish) alcohols, a proper dollop of American oak, and a cheap RRP. This is of course what has dug us a...

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May 17, 2013

I’ve been batting around the idea of returning to France this year to do another vintage. In 2008 I worked for 5 months at Chateau Léoville Las Cases in the Médoc, north of the city of Bordeaux. It was an incredible experience, not only from a winemaking perspective but a social and cultural perspective as well. Simply put, it was a life changing trip, and I’ll always look back at the time I spent and the friends I made there very fondly.  So it made me very happy last month when the nice folks at Chateau LLC contacted me to see if I wanted to go for another “tour”. This isn’t the first time they’ve asked...

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April 6, 2013

As I write this the 2013 Dodgy Brothers wines have just been finished. And by finished I mean they are pressed off and into barrel. The hard yards that make vintage what it is are done. The clock is no longer ticking. We can, for the next little while, let nature take its course with our wines and let the magic that is malo-lactic fermentation take place. Meaning we can now finally catch our breath, and get a good night’s sleep.

I think most people would tell you that it was a pretty hectic vintage this year. The fruit ripened rather quickly and I think it caught people off guard. Consequently, most were on the...

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Hi and welcome to the Dodgy Brothers website, thanks for having a look. I hope to (somewhat) regularly update you all with the general goings-on of the Bros. and keep you posted on harvests, bottling, releases and events that we’re involved in. Also this is just a good way to give you some insight into what we’re about and what, why and how we do what we do.

My name is Wes, and I make the wines. My two partners (both named Peter) look after the growing, harvesting, and all other things grape related. This is no small feat, and really at the end of the day it’s the quality of the grapes that these fellas provide that is...

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