After working extensively in New Zealand, Master of Wine Liam Steevenson wanted to create a range of wines that reflected not only the great vineyard sites of Marlborough, but also showcased the subregional character of the area. In a region all too often focused on size, Liam wanted to create wines that were small in volume and told a story of place and indeed people, with a true narrative that was reflected in the glass.
Fincher & Co.
MARLBOROUGH NEW ZEALAND
Fincher & Co. is born
Fincher & Co. was born, with a nod to Liam’s two sons who share the middle name and a handshake with both a good friend and one of Marlborough’s greatest winemakers, Ben Glover, who shared his vision. From the start, Liam and Ben fought to be brave with the winemaking, in order to create characterful wines that are very independent and restaurant focused. There has been a deliberate attempt to think differently and use techniques pulled from the wine world as a whole, particularly Europe.
Both Liam and Ben share a very simple approach to winemaking, which Ben sums up as ‘it’s always best to keep your hands in your pockets, otherwise you’ll stuff it up by fiddling around’ (which is also probably his way of keeping Liam away from the tools!).
Winemaking may seem like rocket science, but Ben’s secret to making great wines comes down to identifying key sites, being authentic and retaining the integrity of flavours. Like crafting anything special, this takes patience, and aligning with like-minded people who complement and challenge you.
What Ben and Liam certainly share is a belief that great winemaking isn’t just about time spent in the winery, but in working the vineyard itself – understanding the unique characteristics of the land and the vines, and nurturing it through vintage and the winemaking process.
The wines are produced at ‘The Coterie’ winery nestled within ‘The Brink’ vineyard, on the Wairau Terrace, looking towards the Richmond Ranges.