Angus Vinden may be young in the context of regional winemakers, but he lacks neither moxie nor experience. A 2nd-generation farmer with 22ha under vine, Angus’ deft touch is due as much to his regional nous as to the mentorship of Glen Howard and the influence of his backyard sites. A traditional suite of semillon and shiraz galvanises the crowd at the Vinden cellar door, but for those seeking intrigue there are exciting tremors beyond. With the use of amphorae, long macerations and whole-bunch fermentations across varieties that augur well for the future, the atmosphere at Vinden is one of febrile excitement, strung across a bow of great possibility and high expectations. The tempranillos are possibly the finest in the country. Full and plump, but savoury and marked by a detailed tannic mettle and Hunter earthiness. The chenin, electrifying. Stay tuned! (NG) Exports to the UK, the US and Singapore.
Vinden Wines, formerly known as Vinden Estate, was founded in 1990 and is now under the guidance of the second-generation winemaker and viticulturist Angus Vinden. Since taking over in 2015, Angus has maintained the original label, Vinden Wines, which possesses a traditional Hunter style as well as producing his offshoot label allowing a more experimental approach The Vinden Headcase - balancing tradition with innovation.
"I believe it is my responsibility, just as O’shea did up on the old hill, to continually redefine and reinvent the Hunter Valley. Tradition is not stagnant; it should constantly be redefined as we learn from the previous generation." – Angus Vinden
In 2020, Angus’ Vinden Headcase Experimental Release saw the beginning of a life long photography project. As an avid amateur photographer, during lockdown Angus decided to capture a self portrait to represent the 2020 vintage.
"After four years of drought, yields were already down, then we endured the bushfires which affected everyone in the region. In March, COVID-19 saw the temporary closure of my business - the homestead and cellar door then on 1 April, my mentor Glen Howard passed away. During lockdown I had more time on my hands than I usually would that time of year, so I decided to start the photography project - the 2020 self portrait shows how broken I felt after that brutal start to the year. So after each vintage, I’ll take a self portrait and over time you’ll be able to line all of the bottles up side by side, and see how I evolve as a winemaker and how I age as a man - both gracefully I hope!"