Meet the Winemakers Part IV

Updated: Jan 17

The fourth winemaker in our Series is Tom Dunstan from Bunnamagoo Wines. The vineyard is situated in the Eurunderee region of Mudgee with spectacular views and was built in 2009. Owned by the Paspaley family, Bunnamagoo focuses on traditionally made wines and methods to create wines with softness and fullness, without drying tannin or excessive thickness. They are made to be enjoyed with food which makes them excellent table wines.

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The cellar door at Bunnamagoo is set amongst the vineyard with beautiful views.

The grapes for their wines are sourced from both of their properties, one in Rockley where the Bunnamagoo Homestead stands and the other at their vineyard in Mudgee. Both of the vineyards are located in the Central Ranges but they are very different in their terrior. Rockley has a very cold climate with deep volcanic soils and Mudgee has a warmer climate with shale and limestone under laid in the soil producing a more subtle wine.

Tom Dunstan - Bunnamagoo Wines

Bunnamagoo Wines, Mudgee
Tom Dunstan is a wine maker at Bunnamagoo Wines.

What made you decide to become a winemaker?

I wasn’t enjoying my previous course at Sydney University and Wine Making sounded like fun. That was in 2012 so something must have stuck.

What year did you become a winemaker?

My first vintage was in 2013 at Cumulus in Orange. I’ve been the winemaker at Bunnamagoo since November 2020.

Which grape varietals do you grow at Bunnamagoo?

We grow Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz and Tempranillo but are looking to plant some more varieties in the coming years.

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Preparing a vintage at Bunnamagoo Wines.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

That grapes from the vineyard can produce something different every year.

What is your favourite season in the winemaking process?

Just after Vintage when you can start to see the direction the wines are taking.

Has your job changed over the last 10 years?

10 years ago I was a pizza delivery boy on the North Shore. Since then I’ve changed to studying wine making, then Vintage Cellarhand, Assistant Winemaker, Fulltime Cellarhand to now Winemaker.

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Tastings are available at the cellar door.

What is your biggest challenge you have met along the way?

Convincing people that Wine Science is a real degree.

What is the best wine you have ever drunk and why?

1996 ‘Henschke Hill of Grace’ with my Dad for my 18th birthday (2009), incredibly smooth tannin structure still with plenty of dark fruits and a lovely acid balance, combined with the excitement of the day.

What do you think is the biggest myth about drinking wine?

That there is a specific way wine has to be drunk. Wine is meant for enjoyment so however you enjoy it is the best way.

Regardless of cost, what do you think makes a good wine?

Patience and occasion.

What is your favourite varietal or blend you enjoy drinking the most?

I’ve always had a soft spot for Argentinian Malbecs.

Outside of Mudgee, what is your favourite wine region in the world?

Mendoza, I lived in Argentina when I was younger so I’m a big fan not only of their wine but also the culture and lifestyle.

When you look into the mirror, what do you see?

Rinse, Lather, Repeat always Repeat!

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Wine is available to buy from their Online Shop.

To purchase Bunnamagoo wine head to their online shop here . Delivery is available Australia wide.

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