About Evans & Tate

Under a rich and bright Margaret River sun, rows of vines create fireworks of colour across the rugged Australian landscape. The ground underfoot subtly rises and falls, as 35 year old vines whisper a story that begins with a single vineyard, our home at Redbrook.

It was 1974 when John Evans and John Tate spotted a promising piece of land on the northern bank of the Wilyabrup River. Known for its well-drained gravel soils, Mediterranean climate and maritime location, vines were planted the following year. Since these beginnings the winemaking philosophy of Evans & Tate has focused on maximising fruit quality in the vineyard, along with producing wines which are stylish and refined.

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

Renowned agricultural scientist, Dr John Gladstone, pinpoints Margaret River as perfect for premium wine growing.

In “The Climate and Soils of South Western Australia in Relation to Vine Growing” he shows the similarities in climate and soil to the famed region of Bordeaux in France.

HISTORY

Redbrook Vineyard

Our original vineyard was planted with Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in 1974 and named ‘Redbrook’ after our founder, John Tate’s, beloved dachshund. Nestled in the heart of the Wilyabrup wine region in Margaret River, our founders selected the site because of its well-drained gravel soils and maritime-influenced Mediterranean climate. These unique, natural characteristics enables the production of first-class wines.

The Wilyabrup region is renowned today for being the source of some of Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignons and our Redbrook vineyard is no exception. The 2009 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon was a triple Trophy Winner at the prestigious 2013 International Wine Challenge in London, for example.

Our Redbrook Vineyard is home to some of the oldest vines in Margaret River and the Evans & Tate wines, now sourced from all across Margaret River, take inspiration from this historic parcel of land.

Wine Making Process

MATTHEW BYRNE | Senior Winemaker
MATTHEW BYRNE | Senior Winemaker

As Evans & Tate Winemaker, Matthew Byrne plays a pivotal role in driving the stylistic development and quality across Evans & Tate’s award-winning portfolio of wine.

It is a role he has had since joining the winery in 2001. Throughout that time Evans & Tate has enjoyed outstanding wine show success through an emphasis on site selection, vineyard management and wine style evolution.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and Associate Degree in Viticulture and Bachelor of Horticulture (Horticulture Management) (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

He began his career 18 years ago and has completed vintages in Margaret River and Mildura, in Australia, and Koelenhof, South Africa, and Felton, California, USA.

Matthew is also a recognised judge on the Australian wine show circuit. He has been a Senior Judge at the Royal Perth Wine Show for the past three years, as well as at the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Swan Valley Wine Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

Matthew has also been a Judge at the Cairns, Geographe and Blackwood Valley Wine shows.

He was named as one Wine Business Magazine’s 50 Stars of 2013 after an incredible year, which saw Evans & Tate dominate the Qantas Wine Show of WA and take home 7 trophies.

Matthew is based in Margaret River and is a passionate surfer, diver and fishing enthusiast. When he’s not making wine Matthew can usually be found at the beach or on a boat.

 

JODIE OPIE | Winemaker
JODIE OPIE | Winemaker
A recent recruit to Evans & Tate, Winemaker Jodie Opie is a welcome addition to the wine production team.

While studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Human Biology) from Edith Cowan University in WA a unit in microbiology coupled with a practical placement at a top Margaret River winery ignited Jodie’s passion for winemaking and led Jodie to forfeit her ambitions of a career in medical research. Jodie then relocated to Adelaide where she also completed a Bachelor of Science (Oenology) from the University of Adelaide.

Over two decades later and Jodie’s passion for winemaking is as strong as ever. She says; “Wine is just such a unique and varied product and the challenge of getting it right is what keeps me intrigued vintage after vintage.”

And her passion for making wine has been focused on the Margaret River region where she’s held winemaking positions with a host of the region’s top producers and she’s been inspired and mentored by many of the region’s most influential winemakers. Additionally, Jodie has exported her own wine to the UK and has lectured in winemaking units at Margaret River TAFE.

And although Jodie can boast a range of accolades for wines she’s produced over the years and says; “I do get an enormous kick from seeing wine that I’ve made get a trophy or medal…” she goes on to assert; “…but my best judge will always be how much a consumer enjoys wine that I’ve made.”

When Jodie isn’t making wine, you’ll find her tending to her over-sized veggie patch, relishing time with her family (which includes fifteen-year-old dog Billy), cooking, enjoying great wine and watching Rugby Union.

Wine Making Process

Our Winemakers

 

As Evans & Tate Winemaker, Matthew Byrne plays a pivotal role in driving the stylistic development and quality across Evans & Tate’s award-winning portfolio of wine.

It is a role he has had since joining the winery in 2001. Throughout that time Evans & Tate has enjoyed outstanding wine show success through an emphasis on site selection, vineyard management and wine style evolution.

Matthew has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University and Associate Degree in Viticulture and Bachelor of Horticulture (Horticulture Management) (Honours) from Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia.

He began his career 18 years ago and has completed vintages in Margaret River and Mildura, in Australia, and Koelenhof, South Africa, and Felton, California, USA.

Matthew is also a recognised judge on the Australian wine show circuit. He has been a Senior Judge at the Royal Perth Wine Show for the past three years, as well as at the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Swan Valley Wine Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

Matthew has also been a Judge at the Cairns, Geographe and Blackwood Valley Wine shows.

He was named as one Wine Business Magazine’s 50 Stars of 2013 after an incredible year, which saw Evans & Tate dominate the Qantas Wine Show of WA and take home 7 trophies.

Matthew is based in Margaret River and is a passionate surfer, diver and fishing enthusiast. When he’s not making wine Matthew can usually be found at the beach or on a boat.

Evans & Tate

Corner Caves and Metricup Roads Wilyabrup, Margaret River Wilyabrup, Margaret River Western Australia, 6280

CONTACT

Phone 9755 6244
cellardoor@evansandtate.com.au

Website

http://evansandtate.com.au/

Media

Join Our Mailing List

Subscribe to Messages ?