Sarah Gough Roussanne 2013

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"In 1986 Sarah Gough addressed the Wine Press Club of Victoria after visiting Japan to investigate the potential for Australian wine there. I have never forgotten her opening remark.“I could have come back to Australia without leaving Narita airport as I watched the luggage of the returning Japanese tourists on the carousel. They had bought fresh beef, toy koalas and kangaroos, sheepskins and dozens of other things –but not a single bottle of wine.” It was then that she took on a marketing role for Brown Brothers. Ten years later she decided it was time to move on, and told management that she intended to leave, and move with her husband-to-be toher parents’ farm near Tabilk. Their response was to ask her to establish an office at home with a computer linked to Brown Brothers’ head office by a new device called a modem, and to plant 10ha each of shiraz and cabernet sauvignon under a long-term contract. With the foresight that only comes from longexperience, she insisted that there be at least one white variety. Since neighbours Tahbilk and Mitchelton “owned” marsanne, she hit upon roussanne, and by dint of planting three hectares became the largest grower in Victoria." James Halliday, Wine Companion


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