Victorian winery Mitchelton has appointed Nat Cleghorn as senior winemaker.
She brings 23 years of industry experience to the role including a period as senior winemaker and site manager at Katnook Estate.
“I am proud to be the new custodian of this historic Australian brand,” Nat says.
“I am excited to be given the opportunity to continue to tell the Mitchelton story by making phenomenal wines that deliver to the quality of yesteryear.
“I have always immersed myself in the regions from which I make my wines and I am looking forward to not only being a champion for Michelton, but also the Strathbogie region.”
A former track rider for the Hayes family at Lindsay Park, Nat has been involved with Katnook Estate, Yalumba and Hill Smith Family’s Estate vineyards, with more than a decade of experience as a dedicated cool Coonawarra and Wrattonbully specialist.
Nat will take over from current senior winemaker Victor Nash who has acted as caretaker over the last year.
“We are extremely grateful for all the hard work and dedication that Victor has brought to the Mitchelton team over the last year,” Mitchelton owner Gerry Ryan says.
“He has set a great foundation for us to build upon moving forward.
“As we set our sights on the future, we are thrilled to have such a highly regarded winemaker at Mitchelton and we look forward to seeing our wine progression under Nat’s guidance.”
Nat says, “I love allowing each vineyard, block and variety to speak its own story. I have a hands off approach as I am a believer that less is more.
“I enjoy producing wines that are suitable for all tastes, including vegan consumers, and I am looking forward to bringing this style to Mitchelton.
“I am a passionate supporter of indigenous natural fermentation, both primary and malolactic, so I’m enthusiastic about how the vineyards and winery come to life.”
Since first planting in 1969, Mitchelton has grown to become Central Victoria’s most iconic producer of wine. Today, Mitchelton produces a number of wine labels including Preece, Mitchelton Estate, Blackwood Park and the newly introduced Gabriella Possum Nunguyarri Collection.