She’s been named Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year (2008) and is now Senior Winemaker for one of Barossa’s iconic Shiraz producers, meet Helen McCarthy Winemaker, St Hallett Wines. Helen is bringing her Shiraz expertise to Masters Apprentices, a Tasting Australia event on Sunday 2 May.
Helen, you’ve worked throughout Australia, can you tell us about a pivotal career moment?
Deciding to come back to Barossa.
Who have been your mentors as you built your impressive reputation as a winemaker?
Neil Jericho, he’d always tell me “dont sweat the small stuff”
Plus Stuart Blackwell (of St Hallett fame) of course
Can you share with us details of some of the accolades you have received?
Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year – 2008
Wine Society Winemaker of the Year (consumer and peer)
Len Evans tutorial participant
What do you want to see in Barossa’s winemaking future?
To be a region that continues to be recognised as the pinnacle of Shiraz in the world. To do this we need to maintain the generosity of the past by passing on our experiences to the new generations of winemakers.
You can catch Helen as part of the winemaking team at Masters Apprentices, a Tasting Australia event Sunday 2 May 2021.
Yesterday’s apprentices > Today’s mentors > Tomorrow’s masters.
5 courses + 10 wines delivered through the eyes of 6 chefs + 10 winemakers destined to make their mark, leading the next generation of Barossa food and wine.
Tickets $155pp – tastingaustralia.com.au