Raised on his family’s vineyard and winery, Château Pâto in Pokolbin, Nick was conscripted to assist with everything from pruning to labelling. His late father David encouraged Nick to approach wine in a holistic way, firmly believing that the vineyard environment was the starting point of any great wine.
Château Pâto wines are made in extremely limited quantities. The majority of the old vines are Shiraz, with smaller blocks of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and Mourvèdre. Chardonnay is made in a true modern Hunter style, a little leaner but with an oak presence; savoury Shiraz from the ‘Old Pokolbin Vineyard’; and a limited release Reserve Shiraz from an old dry-grown vineyard.
During Nick’s two decades as a winemaker, his wines have been awarded three championships, 25 national trophies, two international trophies, and 45 gold medals. He won the 2011 Wine Of The Year, Winestate Champion Chardonnay for Australia and New Zealand.
Nick also makes wine for a number of small local Valley growers, including Lucy’s Run.
Laffort 2012 Hunter Valley Valley Winemaker Of The Year