At Bunnamagoo the focus is on highly individual, traditionally-made wines. The grapes are sourced from Bunnamagoo, an historic property near Rockley, and from the Eurunderee vineyard, not far from Mudgee.
Although both vineyards are in the Central Ranges of New South Wales they differ markedly in their terroir. Bunnamagoo has one of the coolest climates in Australia. That, together with its deep volcanic basalt soils results in wines of distinctive regional style. At Eurunderee the warmer climate and variable soils under laid with limestone produce wines with subtle nuances quite different from those from Bunnamagoo. The winery is located at Eurunderee where the grapes are treated with the individuality that they deserve. The cellar is door is adjacent to the winery and is open to the public.
Single vineyard wines such as those produced by Bunnamagoo Estate are subject to vagaries of season and accordingly each vintage has its own character and taste. Skillful winemaking ensures that the promise of each vintage can be fully realized. The wines have received many medals on the rare occasions that they have been shown and have received consistently high ratings from the critics.
Bunnamagoo wines are made under the supervision of Robert Black. Rob was born in Orange, and after studying oneology at Charles Sturt University, he honed his winemaking skills in the other wine regions of Australia and France.
His talent as a winemaker has been widely recognized in his achievements as a finalist in the Young Winemaker of the Year 2001 and Young Winemaker ambassador at Wine Australia 2004. Robert presented “Wine on the Wireless” on ABC Radio National during 2007 -2008.
He teaches winemaking and sensory evaluation at TAFE NSW and is always an entertaining and informative speaker at tastings and other wine events. He has been making Bunnamagoo’s wines since 2003 and Bunnamagoo’s new winery was designed and equipped with his input.
Robert’s individual winemaking style is evident across the Bunnamagoo range. He prides himself on his ability to combine traditional wine-making skills with the most up-to-date equipment and methods. His wines combine softness and fullness without drying tannin or excessive thickness. They should be elegant, supple, and driven by Australian ripe fruit flavours. This philosophy results in wines that exhibit friendliness and approachability while retaining their individuality and character. They are made to be enjoyed with food and are invariably excellent table wines.
Rob is responsible for fruit selection in the vineyards and all winery operations through to blending and bottling. His intuition and winemaking talents are integral to the continuing success of Bunnamagoo Wines.