Meet Leconfield Winemaker Paul Gordon
Meet the Winemaker
Paul Gordon is the Senior Winemaker at Leconfield Wines, having joined this
iconic Coonawarra winery in 2001, and is the man responsible for our June
Wine of the Month, the Leconfield Cabernet Merlot 2014. We catch up to talk
to him about his love of wine and life beyond the vats.
Can you recall the first wine you tried?
Wine was very much a Christmas and Easter drink at our house. I have to
admit to having had the odd illicit glass of 'Cold Duck' - which is showing
my age - or perhaps a sparkling white. An Aunt indulged in bottles of
Yalumba Galway 'Claret', which would have been my first taste of a dry red
- I can't recall my reaction to it, but it could well have been the wine
that sparked my interest in the industry in my teenage years. Of course,
there were also the cooking 'sherries', which slowly evaporated between
What is your all-time favourite wine memory (other than a wine itself)?
There are many great memories - perhaps vintage Champagne with
Chateaubriand steak in Epernay, the La Chapelle at Pic restaurant in the
Rhône Valley or a Super Tuscan at one of those never-ending Italian
Other than your own wine, what is the wine that you like to drink at
I enjoy older Riesling or Semillon and am in search of the best Grenache
from Spain or Southern France. Luckily, there is always a bottle handy of
McLaren Vale Shiraz or Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon when the imported
Grenache fails to live up to its promise.
What's your ultimate food + wine match?
The ultimate match for food and wine is good company! I don't have a
particular 'go-to' wine, but I would say that I enjoy elegant and fine
wines that invite a second or third glass, over something that is too rich.
So perhaps a good start would be a fine Riesling with sashimi, Coonawarra
Merlot with a steak tartare, then Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with a rare
backstrap of lamb.
What is your favourite…
It tends to be the one I'm currently reading, which is Oystercatchers by
Susan Fletcher. A few from this year: Antony Beevor's Stalingrad, Victor
Hugo's Les Misérables, Salman Rushdie's The Moor's Last Sigh and Ayaan
Hirsi Ali's Infidel.
If I was locked in a theatre for a week, I would insist on Krzysztof
Kieslowski's ageless trilogy, Three Colours Red White and Blue, and The
Double Life of Veronique.
If I was to define a preferred type of restaurant, then shared plates or
degustation is my style. But no steak - our local 'Meek's' butcher is so
good that few restaurants can provide meat of the quality that can surpass
one locally sourced and cooked at home. Locally, 'Pipers of Penola' has won
so many awards for best regional restaurant in South Australia that it is a
must place to dine.
Time of day/night - why?
I'm definitely a morning person. However, I do aspire one day to be able to
sleep in. I'm notorious for falling asleep at dinner parties and at the