"What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it."
Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine, 6-7 June 2009
Louisa Rose, originally from the Yarra Valley and a cool climate enthusiast, has been making the Pewsey Vale wines since 1996. Working closely with Vineyard Manager Darrell Kruger, who has been associated with Pewsey Vale for more than 20 years, Louisa is a firm adherent to the philosophy that 'wine is made in the vineyard' - particularly Riesling which, she says, has a unique relationship with the site.
"Often winemakers have to blend across different vineyards to make complete and balanced wines, but this is not the case at Pewsey," says Louisa. "The old and established vines, planted in 1961 and 1962, naturally set a low crop, and their deep established root systems are able to achieve good ripeness and concentrated flavours. Monitoring flavour development and timing of harvest are the keys to Pewsey Vale winemaking."
"One of the wonderful things about Riesling is the diversity of flavours and wine styles it can make. From austere citrus to fragrant and fruity characters. From light, elegant, fresh young wines right through to fuller-bodied richer dry styles. The style is very reflective of the vineyard site - that's what makes Pewsey Vale exceptional."
Louisa Rose grew up and was educated in Melbourne, Australia, spending weekends in the popular wine region Yarra Valley, helping to establish and run the family vineyard – The Rising Vineyard near Yarra Glen. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in physics, from Melbourne University, she relocated to Roseworthy Agricultural College in South Australia to study winemaking, and graduated as Dux in 1992.
In October 2008 Louisa was named ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by the prestigious Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine – third time lucky following two previous nominations in 2000 and 2005.
“Third time’s the charm for this talented winemaker, who was a well-deserved finalist for this award in both 2000 and 2005. The flair she has shown in her work at Yalumba, plus her painstaking attention to detail and the strength of leadership has led to the production of some of Australia’s finest whites. For the sheer quality of these and much more, Louisa Rose is a worthy Winemaker of the Year.” Peter Forrestal, chairman of Judges
This award was swiftly followed in the same month by the Wolf Blass Award for contribution to the development and promotion of Riesling, which also proudly sits alongside Louisa’s 2004 acknowledgement by International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) as winner of the 2004 Women in Wine Award, and her Barossa Winemaker of the Year Award in 1999.
It is not only her role as Winemaker of this ‘Australia’s icon’ which keeps Louisa busy. Commencing as an Australian Wine Show Judge in 1997, Louisa is now heavily involved in judging at Australian and International Wine Shows, as well as promoting the Eden Valley region – her home.