3drops began with a family farm and a vision – a vision to produce premium wines and extra virgin olive oil whilst maintaining the integrity of the land for generations to come. Southwest of Mount Barker in the heart of the acclaimed Great Southern wine region of Western Australia, vines and olive trees flourish side by side in the cool, pristine climate.
The 3drops vineyard comprises 15 fertile hectares planted with varieties of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz. Italian, Greek and Spanish varieties of olive trees thrive alongside the vines. The name 3drops was chosen to reflect the attributes of three precious liquids wine, olive oil and water, with both the vineyard and olive grove carefully irrigated from a large wetland on the property.
The melding of time honoured tradition, passion and sensibility with contemporary techniques and the latest technology, enables 3drops to produce wines with distinctive varietal and regional characters.
“A fine example of a cool climate Shiraz with the benefit of the old Patterson fruit. Has a mix od spices and violets on the nose, with a faint touch of redcurrant. The palate is elegant and precise, with fine, silky tannins and a subtle touch of understated oak. A lighter – bodied wine with plenty of palate intensity. 92/100”.
Joanne is a Director and co-owner of 3drops and was responsible for the development of the 3drops brand in conjunction with REB design. She works closely with winemaker, Rob Diletti and viticulturist, Ray Williams in planning the 3drops wine styles. She is also responsible for the marketing and day to day administration of the 3drops business.
Joanne works closely with 3drops’ Australian Distributors; In Cantina and Bacchus Wine Merchants, as well as 3drops agents in, Singapore, South Korea and China. She regularly hosts 3drops dinners, tastings and other food and wine events involving local media personalities and celebrity chefs.
Joanne has been a member of the Wine Show of Western Australia Committee since 2009 and in November 2012 was appointed the Committee Chair. In 2012 she fulfilled the role of the Chief Steward for the Show and is also currently responsible for the events management for the Wine Show Awards Dinner and consumer Top 50 tasting.
As a Board member of the Great Southern Wine Producers since 2010 and as the current Vice Chair, Joanne is involved in the development of local, national and International marketing strategies for the Great Southern Wine region. She regularly organizes a number of food and wine events for Great Southern Wine Producers.
Joanne was formerly an Occupational Therapist and Occupational Health and Safety Consultant where she specialized in injury management, workers compensation, rehabilitation case management and development of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Rob’s wine grew up at his family vineyard, Castle Rock Estate. This gave him a great understanding of grape quality and he is of the firm belief that wine quality is made in the vineyard. “I just convey that quality into the wine.”
After leaving school, he began the formal part of his education, enrolling in the winemaking course at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. For the last two years of his degree, he studied part time, and worked in the Eden Valley, gaining invaluable experience. He was assistant winemaker at another Great Southern vineyard for two years, before returning to the two hundred tonne winery he helped design – which is where he makes 3drops wine with the same attention to detail he gives to his family wine label.
Rob, in his role as 3drops winemaker, is making wines that are fruit driven, balanced and approachable, but yet have the abilty to age and develop. Rob has had many successes in wine shows around Australia and the wines he makes receive favourable comments by many of the nation’s top wine writers and critics.
Rob has been recently awarded James Haliday’s inaugral ‘Winemaker of the Year’ for 2015.