As we release the next in our series The Winemaker, Max Brearley profiles Josephine Perry of Dormilona. Watch the full length film below for a glimpse of one of the Margaret River Wine Region’s most celebrated up and coming winemakers.
Josephine Perry has an impressive backstory, with years running wineries in Spain, consulting in the Canary Islands and time in France. It’s rounded her experience of winemaking, which started with her first vintage in Margaret River at just 14 years of age. “We as Australian or southern hemisphere winemakers are trained technically. We look at figures too much and we don’t follow our senses. You can see it in a lot of wines, where their influences come from. You can pick up the sense of being in a wine” she says.
Her winery is small and basic by some standards but she’s pushing the boundaries of technique, not falling back on technology. Central is the amphora clay pots so loved by many of the winemakers plotting a natural wine course. Josephine’s are adorned with multi coloured chalk scrawl. She smiles and says it gives the kids something to do.
While there’s a feeling of humble ease at work, Josephine puts in the hard yards. Essentially a one-woman operation she juggles family, work and often gruelling vintage months. From first vintages in 2012 her Dormilona label has won praise and plaudits, picking up the influential Riedel Young Gun of Wine award in 2016.