Meet Stuart

Stuart Olsen Winemaker of Eloquesta Wines

Stuart Olsen

Hi. I’m Stuart Olsen, wine maker and owner of Eloquesta Wines, Mudgee and Orange, NSW

 

I was drawn to wine making and had a passion for it from my university days. I believe in the diversity and potential of  regional New South Wales, where I was born and have spent much of my life. The landscape and the wine growers of the Mudgee and Orange regions are a great focus for me, as I see the great potential it has for producing delicious, balanced red wines.

This is my style…

I believe in employing traditional, hands-on methods to achieve this more natural, softer, riper, fruit driven style of wine that lets the fruit and perfumes lead the way during and after fermentation. I also believe in learning lessons from the old, even ancient ways of doing things.

I rely on the best grape varieties and fruit quality that I can and that are suited to the best locations with the best weather patterns in NSW.  I don’t try to bend nature; I let her do her thing, but read the signs and watch the lunar phases and cycles. I rely on my instincts, what I see, hear and feel and I don’t employ any more technology or machinery than is necessary. 

I treat the fruit differently every year according to the conditions given me but my method is gentle and soft – like my wines – I only want to extract as much as will extract gently, never forcing it – allowing balance and harmony to come easier through to finishing drink. My fermentations are seven to eighteen and even twenty one days, cool, whole-bunch  commencing with foot-treading daily for one week to sometimes two weeks. This is followed by persistent hand-plunging then gentle basket-pressing at the end. The fermentation is allowed to finish on lees in oak barrels after settling first in tank for a day. All wines are then cold aged (12-28 months) in a mixture of new and old French, Russian and Hungarian Oak to create the two signature varieties in Eloquesta. And now i do pretty much the same techniques for my whites as well.

In case you’re wondering about my training…

I am a qualified scientist and high school teacher with almost 13 years of understanding and hands on experience experience in the wine industry. Broadening my experience in the industry, I sharpened my style while working with other prolific wineries such as Cirillo Estate and Torbreck in the Barossa Valley, SA and Lowe Family Wines in Mudgee, NSW. I have been influenced by European styles of wine making and have worked with a German winery, the Rheinhessen – Jakob Neumer Weingut und Wurtz Weinmann. 

It’s easy to grab a hold of my wine. Buy at bottle shops or wine bars or restaurants.

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Selling Eloquesta Shiraz Petit Verdot or ‘A Boy with Fruit’ wines

If you are a restaurant, wine bar or bottle shop and would like to sell my wine, please contact me on 0458 525 899 or eloquesta@gmail.com.

Chardonnay Grapes

Chardonnay Grapes

Orange Chardonnay Berries Fermenting

Golden Skins in the Chardonnay Ferment

 

Hand Plunging Orange Chardonnay Grapes

Hand Plunging the Orange Chardonnay

Red Wine Barrels, Mudgee NSW

Basket Press, Mudgee NSW