Peter would swing a deal with the grower: “How bout you leave the last row for me mate and I’ll take care of it”. This technique seemed to work well, and the deal was always sealed with a handshake.
The Dodgy Brothers: not all that dodgy really…
So the story goes:
A long time ago, the original Dodgy Brother Peter Bolte and his good friend decided they were going to make some wine. As a consulting viticulturist, Peter not only had the knowledge of what quality grapes were all about, but he also had the connections to be able to procure some of these grapes. As one of the “large” Australian wine companies would move through picking one of their top vineyards, Peter would swing a deal with the grower: “How bout you leave the last row for me mate and I’ll take care of it”. This technique seemed to work well, and the deal was always sealed with a handshake. Eventually the grapes made it to Peter’s shed to be made into wine. With the advice of a few local winemakers, and some rudimentary winemaking equipment, the grape crush began. There was one thing that inevitably happened every time these boys undertook this process though (other than turning
grapes into wine, which was also inevitable): they ended up having a few too many adult beverages. This led to the 9 year old son of Peter’s partner to dub them the “Dodgy Brothers”.
Fast forward to July 2010. Knowing he was on to something, Peter enlisted the help of Wes Pearson, a Canadian winemaker who with his family had recently relocated to McLaren Vale from France. Wes also saw this potential and the real, much less dodgy, Dodgy Brothers were formed. Shortly after that the dynamic duo recruited a third Brother: Peter Sommerville, grower extraordinaire and all around good guy. The quality of the product has changed, but the original Dodgy Brothers’ ideals haven’t: we still like to have a good time, a good laugh or two, and we still seal all our business deals with a handshake.
A grower, a viticulturist, and a winemaker: The Dodgy Brothers.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Wes and his family have made McLaren Vale their home since 2008. Wes’s career in wine began interestingly enough in 1992 when he left Winnipeg and moved west to spend the winter season snowboarding in the town of Whistler, BC. In order to keep his days free to ride, he found a job at a local steakhouse in the kitchen. Over the few years he worked there, he did almost every position in the kitchen and in the front of the house, and began to develop a real passion for food and wine. 13 years later, having worked in most of Whistler’s top restaurants, he decided it was time to move on and enrolled in the University of British Columbia’s brand new wine biochemistry program at their Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. While attending full time school, Wes also worked whenever possible at Tantalus Vineyards with Aussie flying winemaker and Riesling and Pinot Noir guru, Matt Holmes. After graduating in 2008, Wes was offered a prestigious position as an intern oenologist at the “Super Second” 2eme Cru Classé Château Léoville Las Cases in St. Julien, Bordeaux. After fulfilling his duties in France, Wes moved to McLaren Vale in South Australia to continue his winemaking career. After working for 3 years in McLaren Vale, Wes accepted a position with Australian Wine Research Institute in 2011, where he still works as a Senior Sensory Scientist. Wes is an accomplished wine show judge, having judged in the Royal Adelaide and Sydney Royal Wine Shows, as well as the Australian Small Winemakers Show. Wes is an active committee member of the McLaren Vale Districts group, an initiative designed to help characterize the subtle sub-regional differences in wines made across the greater McLaren Vale district. In 2016 Wes also completed the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial, and is currently enrolled in a PhD project at Charles Sturt University. Wes, wife Brenda, daugther Brice and son Tanner live in Willunga, SA. Wes loves to ride boards (skate, surf and snow), is an accomplished ice hockey player and would love the opportunity to hustle you on the golf course.
Peter Bolte and his family have had a very close affinity with the land in the McLaren Vale district for over 170 years, with his ancestors arriving in South Australia with the first fleet on the “HMS Buffalo” in 1836. By the early 1840’s they had taken up land in Aldinga, and continue to farm the land to this day.
Farming courses through his veins too, having taken up viticulture as a fifteen year old in 1977; He has now completed 40 vintages as a Viticulturist in the McLaren Vale wine region. During this period, Peter has identified vineyards that consistently grow the best parcels of fruit in McLaren Vale, and as the original Dodgy Brother, is proud to share this wonderful fruit with you.
Peter believes that the best Australian wines come from the Mclaren Vale wine region.
This belief led Peter to plant vines on his Mclaren Vale property in 2001.
The vineyard has since supplied fruit to some of the regions leading wine companies.
After discussions with a couple of mates who share his love of wine and laconic sense of humour Dodgy Brothers Wines was born.
Peter’s fruit is used in the Dodgy Brothers Bordeaux blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Merlot.