Tim Perrin has been appointed chief winemaker of Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.
He will take over from long-time winemaker Glen Hayley who is pursuing other interests overseas.
Tim has worked as senior winemaker with Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley for the past seven years.
Managing director Marco Gjergja described Tim’s palate as “supremely refined” having been mentored by David Bicknell and Jim Chatto.
“This appointment will enable Tim to build on his knowledge and allow him to bring his talents to Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate, evolving our winemaking in line with our family’s vision,” Marco said.
“We are are thrilled and proud to appoint Tim to the position.
“We believe Tim’s focus, expertise and talent will ensure our family wine business upholds and enhances its reputation as one of the country’s finest boutique Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers.”
Tim said he is looking forward “to building on the legacy of an iconic wine business and propelling it forward into the future to continued success”.
Marco said it was with “feelings of sadness, gratitude and respect” that he received Glen Hayley’s resignation.
Glen has been with Kooyong and Port Phillip Estate for 13 years, the last seven as chief winemaker.
“Over his time with us, Glen’s focus, expertise and talent have been instrumental in raising the quality of our wine,” Marco said.
“He has always approached his role with total commitment, integrity, enthusiasm and passion.
“We wish Glen all the best with his future endeavours overseas and look forward to raising a glass to celebrate the 13-year association that we have enjoyed.”
Tim will commence as chief winemaker at the beginning of 2023.