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Jane Eyre’s story is an amazing one. From a very different early career outside of wine, she found herself immersed in great bottles down in the original basement outpost of Prince Wine Store in Acland Street, St Kilda. She soon managed the store and quickly completed a handful of vintages, travelling abroad to Burgundy each year.
“I decided I wanted to be a winemaker in the space of about two days,” Eyre recalls, and just look at what she has since achieved. Eyre has worked every harvest in Burgundy since 1998 with the exception of the 2003 harvest which she did with Ernst Loosen in the Mosel. She has also worked harvest at Cullen, Ata Rangi and Felton Road.
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Jane had worked the 2002 harvest with Dominique Lafon and managed to secure some work back there in early 2004. That was followed by a stint with Frédéric Mugnier and one at Domaine de Montille before accepting the role of running the cellar at Domaine Newman in Beaune in 2006.
Head down for a handful of years and the opportunity to source pinot noir grapes in Savigny-lès-Beaune in 2011 marked the beginning of what has now established itself as a small and successful négoce.
A friendship with Australian pinot maverick Bill Downie saw Eyre add an Australian pinot noir string to her bow in 2012 and that continues today with a trio of wines made at Downie’s winery.
Eyre is a thoughtful and determined winemaker, with clear ideas about the style of pinot noir she likes. She prizes fragrance and delicacy over artifact and ripeness and structurally her preference is for wines that are not over ambitious.
“I’m interested in aromatics. If you want tannic wines there are plenty out there but I don’t like mean wines, my wines are made for drinking in the first decade,” Eyre says assuredly.
Modesty, approachability and a sense of restraint are common threads in her wines, vintages swing them gently and here, but she has set a definitive course for now. These are definitely wines to watch.