Our commitment to producing quality Margaret River wine starts with our vineyard and winemaking team. Attention to detail from the vineyard through to the winery assures we continue to produce premium Margaret River wines. Our team operates with sustainable strategies, always striving for cleaner production techniques and improved quality.
The winemaking facility conducts it's business in a manner that recognises the importance of environmental protection, sustainability and quality of wines. We are committed to minimising environmental impacts in all our operations. We strive to improve on ecological efficiency by exploring and challenging cleaner production methods; and to conduct ourselves using best practices in winegrowing which are environmentally sustainable.
Bruce Dukes (Senior Winemaker and Director of Naturaliste Vintners) was appointed as winemaker to Knee Deep Wines following the 2012 vintage. Bruce enjoys working and collaborating with vignerons Phil and Sue Childs, and our Viticulturists in the pursuit of greatness in wine.
Bruce has more than twenty five years of valuable postgraduate industry experience, shared between iconic producers. He has assisted in the establishment of several "five star" producers in the Margaret River area. He currently prefers to focus on hands-on winemaking and viticultural consulting. The viticultural consulting is biased toward fine-tuning vineyards to ensure that the fruit is farmed to suit the intended wine-style. His deep technical and applied understanding of viticulture, and how viticultural parameters affect wine quality result in very high quality wines and meaningful feed back to vignerons.
Bruce Dukes was awarded West Australian Winemaker of the Year 2011-2012. Naturaliste Vintners was awarded as the "Best Winemaking Facility in Western Australia" by the Wine Industry Association of Western Australia.
His approach to grape growing and winemaking has been shaped by a wide range of high quality industry experience, in conjunction with a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis. Bruce has several publications in referred scientific journals, as well as recently having authored a chapter in a winemaking text-book.
Remi Guise (winemaker Naturaliste Vintners) was born in Cape Province South Africa. Remi completed a BSc. (Agric.) (Viticulture & Oenology) in 2006 at the University of Stellenbosch and then took up a position as Assistant Winemaker at the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, a 300 year old estate producing quality wines in South Africa. Remi joined Naturaliste Vintners in 2008, was promoted to Red Wine Specialist in 2009, Operations Winemaker in 2012 and now Winemaker after 6 years with Naturalist Vintners. Remi is passionate about New World winemaking and wines for their ability to equal or surpass their Old World counterparts in both quality and integrity, and to have an identity which is an expression of the New World and all it has to offer.
Bob Cartwright has been consultant winemaker to Knee Deep Wines finishing this role with the 2012 vintage. He brought a wealth of experience to the role. After 28 vintages as winemaker at Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, Bob has produced consistently exceptional wines that have been attracting international recognition.