Saltram’s Shavaughan Wells was named winemaker of the most outstanding red wine at this year’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show.
Wells, who now shares the winemaking duties at Saltram with Richard Mattner, has helped catapult the winery back to its former glory with a string of outstanding wines and awards at major wine shows.
Among a brace of major trophies, Saltram also picked up the coveted Outstanding Wine of Prevance for its superb Saltram No 1 Shiraz, named by Saltram’s founder, English immigrant William Slater, who bottled his first Barossa shiraz in 1862.
The renowned Roseworthy College-trained Wells puts her passion for winemaking down to her grandfather and the influence of experienced winemakers Caroline Dunn and Nigel Dolan.
The widely experienced Saltram senior winemaker cut her teeth at Mildara, Yellowglen, Yarra Ridge, St Hubert’s and Wolf Blass before landing at Saltram, where she worked with the prodigiously talented Nigel Dolan.