Q&A with our Cellar Door Manager Steve Pudsey21 November 2019 – posted in: Winery

If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Steve at Cupitt’s, then drop by the Cellar Door for a chat and tasting of our new releases!

1. How long have you been working in the wine industry?
A long time!
My introduction to wine was many years ago working with Peter Bourne who owned Moore Park Cellars in Surry Hills, Sydney – one of the few liquor stores at the time that was doing anything about wine appreciation and wine education so I couldn’t help but gain an appreciation for wine. In fact, I managed to gain an appreciation for all things alcoholic! After working for myself for many years in Wine Distribution, I moved to the South Coast and an offer came along I couldn’t refuse. I still remember when we moved down, some 4years ago, driving into the car park at Cupitt’s and thinking WOW this is me!! …The rest is history…

2. Which new release Cupitt’s wine are you most excited about?
I love them all and all for different reasons. I feel if I mention one I’ll have to mention them all! They are all well-made wines – from the light fresh cool climate Riesling through to the more fuller spicy Viognier in the whites. Rose of course and then the great range of reds. The Tempranillo is proving very popular – it’s fruit rich with darker berry characters yet quite soft and elegant. Very moreish!

3. If you could drink one wine for the rest of your life, what would it be?
The first wine that sprung to mind was Bollinger RD 1976 – shared a bottle with friends many years ago and it created quite an impression! It must have for me to still be able to remember it!
That aside I’d go a full-bodied red and probably a ‘First Growth’ Bordeaux so Chateau Margeaux or Chateau Palmer.
Again, that aside not having any wine to drink for the rest of my life would be more of a concern!

4. What are your top tips for people visiting the South Coast?
There’s lots to do on the South Coast – some great coastal walks and bush walks so suggest getting out and close to nature.
Also suggest hitting the beaches particularly in the mornings – swimming, surfing – and then when the on-shore comes up in the afternoon head out to Cupitt’s and hang out on the deck and check out the wines in Cellar Door.
Also lots of dining options to explore from casual lay back cafes through to fine dining – which of course includes the fabulous food at Cupitt’s.

Most important though – relax and enjoy.

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