Pierro

Pierro Logo Pierro bcame about through a touch of serendipity and the passion and beliefs of Dr. Michael Peterkin. After graduation in medicine from the University of Western Australia in 1973 at the age of 24, Mike Peterkin decided that his love of wine and winemaking could not be ignored any longer. As if a degree in medicine wasn't enough, he attended South Australia's respected Roseworthy Agricultural College in 1976 and 1977 and gained a Diploma in Oenology. Mike made his foray into winemaking in Margaret River in 1979 working for the late Dr. Kevin and Diana Cullen, patriarch and matriarch of Cullen Wines. He was to be the region's first professionally qualified winemaker. It was while he was working at the winery that he met Shelley Cullen, daughter of Kevin and Diana, to whom he is married today.

Mike bought Pierro in 1979, which was merely a scrubby, rocky block. However he judged it to be the finest block in the district, with it's northerly aspect, creek and laterite gravel soil. He was anything but conventional when it came to establishing Pierro. In fact, in many areas of the vineyard he went completely against the customary methodology. From day one he has had firm - and sometimes contrary - views on vineyard management. Although it still remains controversial, Mike is pro-irrigation, believing that its limited and sensible use in the vineyard brings improvements in much the same way as the careful use of refrigeration in the winery. He believes that the lack of water in the three months prior to harvest in Margaret River causes vines to close down for long periods during the day. Controlled watering, which averts this, will result in the finished wine having more aroma and flavour.

Unlike a number of other vineyards in the region he planted north-south orientated vine rows, which he judged would receive up to 20% more sunlight. He also introduced vines with half the normal width between the rows and two-thirds the breadth. This was to make the vines more competitive, balance their fruit yield and promote flavour intensity. Soil, aspect, and a high number of vines per hectare are the critical factors for achieving high quality at Pierro. The vines all face the sun on the mid- to low slopes of the rolling gravel hills formed by the dissecting creek system.

Pierro's outstanding wine is it's Chardonnay. Consistantly judged as one of Australia's best, and is ranked alongside Leeuwin's Art Series Chardonnay. Whatever you think of Mike's methods, you can't argue with the result.

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