Owner and winemaker Shaun Crinion was introduced to wine in 1999, working for his winemaker uncle at Laetitia Winery & Vineyards on the central coast of California. His career since then has been so impressive I can't cut it short: 2000 Devil's Lair, Margaret River and Corbett Canyon Vineyard, California; '02 Houghton, Middle Swan; '03 De Bortoli, Hunter Valley; '04-06 Pipers Brook, Tasmania; '06 Bay of Fires, Tasmania; '06-07 Williams Selyem, California; '08 Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley; '10 Domaine de Montille, Burgundy; '09- present Dappled Wines (plus part-time for Rob Dolan). His longer term ambition is to buy or establish his own vineyard.
Established in 2009, Dappled is a hands-on small production winery. Fruit is sourced from a number of vineyards in the Yarra Valley (upper and valley floor) and Mornington Peninsula. Shaun has held a number of winemaker and assistant winemaker roles over the last 12 years, but never straying far from his 'cellar rat' roots. This love of the cellar, and the vineyard, has really instilled a traditionalist, hands-on approach to my winemaking.
Dappled is about high quality, unadulterated wines from special patches of dirt at realistic prices. These wines were first and foremost for family and friends, so a hand-crafted, minimal intervention philosophy just made sense - and still continues today.