The Australian wine industry is mourning the death of Tasmanian identity Vaughn Dell, who passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning at the age of 39.
Vaughn founded Sinapius Wines at Pipers River with his partner, Linda Morice.
Sheralee Davies of Wine Tasmania said, “We lost a friend and much loved and respected member of the Tasmanian wine community.
“We’re all devastated and so sad for Linda, the girls and their families.
“At just 39 years old, Vaughn was already regarded as one of the Tasmanian wine sector’s leaders.
“He and Linda purchased the Pipers River vineyard when they were both just 23 years old.
“Together with Linda, Vaughn’s relentless desire to learn and excel is reflected in the meticulous Sinapius vineyard and wines.
“Never one to do things the easy way or follow others, Vaughn constantly investigated, learnt, experimented and applied techniques to grow and craft wines that expressed their unique site, and for which he and Linda have gained a cult following and much respect from peers.
“We’ll all miss Vaughn for his curiosity, generosity, positive attitude, determination, big smile, infectious laugh and obsession with Gamay, clones and the latest machinery for high-density plantings. We’ve not only lost a friend, but the Tasmanian wine community has lost a very bright light far too soon.”
Vaughn died from an undiagnosed heart-related medical condition.
He leaves behind two young daughters, Clem and Esme.
If you would like to purchase some wine to help the family visit Sinapius.