Winemaking at Willunga Creek Wines is headed by one of the hottest ‘guns’ around at the moment in Phil Christiansen. Sporting a wealth of experience in dealing with fruit from the McLaren Vale district, Phil is passionate in his belief that the region can produce wines that can stand up to any in the world.
Phil meticulously crafts for Willunga Creek a range of superlative wines that are raising the eyebrows of the most serious wine lover. The wines are rich, fruit driven and powerful. They are released when they are still youthful, and should ordinarily continue to improve in the bottle for at least another five to eight or ten years.
If our winemaker could tell our drinkers one thing it would be that wines are made for drinking, ideally in good company with good, honest food. So, enjoy!
Phil has more than 20 years experience in the local wine industry, honing his skills at companies as diverse as the corporate giant Hardy’s and the Adelaide Hills cool-climate specialist, Longwood. Known by the moniker ‘Silver Fox’ around the district, Phil specialises in small batch, basket-pressed, open fermentation techniques. A vastly more labour-intensive process than the more common modern day high-tech, stainless steel procedures, Phil believes the traditional methods actually draw out the best from the fruit and contribute to the overall complexity of the finished wine.