By Toni Paterson MW
A ‘triple threat’, with expertise in vineyards, winemaking and management, Crowe is an extraordinary talent – and deserving winner of Winemaker of the Year.
Within a field of solid finalists, Sarah Crowe’s winemaking prowess stood tall, with the estate-grown wines of Victoria’s Yarra Yering impressing the judging panel with their expression and refinement.
Crowe’s relentless pursuit of quality and discerning palate allows her to make mesmerising, modern wines across various styles. We celebrate her accomplishments with the 2021 Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year award.
When Crowe was appointed Yarra Yering’s winemaker and general manager in 2013, it was as if the stars had aligned. Here was a rising talent and a much admired one. She learnt her craft at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley, starting in 2001 pruning vineyards and working her way to assistant winemaker while simultaneously studying viticulture through Charles Sturt University. She moved to Bimbadgen in 2010, and as senior winemaker, brought a new level of sophistication to the wines.
She was now a ‘triple threat’, with expertise in vineyards, winemaking and management. She had also worked vintages abroad. The timing was perfect.