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Q&A with Richard Morrant, Cellar Door Manager

17
Mar

Evans & Tate - RIchard Morrant

Evans & tate Cellar Door Manager Richard Morrant says he’s got the best job in the world. We sat down with him to talk about wine, fishing and everything about his beloved Margaret River.

 

1. How long have you been with Evans & Tate and what does your role involve?

I started in August 2009. I began on the road as an Evans & Tate sales manager for the greater Margaret River area. I was then lucky enough to come back and run the Redbrook Cellar Door right here in the heart of Margaret River. My main role is to get a great team together who are focused on showing our spectacular wines as best as they can, as well as managing events and special functions at the Cellar Door. Really, I’m just trying to do justice to the amazing wines from our winemaker Matt Byrne.

 

2. What does working with Evans & Tate mean to you?

Both here at Evans & Tate and in the broader McWilliam’s family wine business, each represents a winemaking philosophy full of history and continuity, which is an ethos I really believe in. It’s the easiest job in the world and something I’m really fortunate to do.

 

Evans and Tate - Richard Morrant Cellar Door

 

3. What’s it like working and living in the Margaret River

I was originally from NSW, but I moved to Perth at a young age, so I suppose I’m in a great position to really appreciate how amazing this region is. It just really offers everything and it’s a great place to raise kids. The beach, wineries, restaurants… I do lots of fishing, boating, 4 wheel driving. And then we eat at and visit a lot of the other wineries and restaurants throughout the region. There’s a great sense of community here and the wineries all look out for each other.

 

Welcome to Evans and Tate

 

4. What is your favourite wine in the Evans & Tate portfolio?

That would have to be anything from the Cellar Door range. It’s our point of difference and I really love being able to sell them and show them off, because I think they’re a great reflection of how amazing a winemaker Matt Byrne really is. They really showcase the regionality, winemaking skills and varietals.

 

5. Being one of the most popular wineries in Margaret River, you get a lot of visitors each day. Where are they mostly from?

Really and truly, they are from all over Australia and the rest of the world. Every day brings a new visitor and its great to meet so many types of people, from backpackers to retired couples travelling in a camper van, to well seasoned wine critics and groups of girls down from Perth for a hens night. It’s really an exercise in people studying! Though we do seem to have a particularly strong following from Queensland… And they all get their photographs taken at the Evans & Tate sign. We joke that it’s the mecca of Margaret River…

 

6. A tourist who has never been to Margaret River is coming in for one day. What do you recommend they do?

I may be biased, but… I’d say pick four of the best wineries and go nuts. Have lunch in a vineyard somewhere and try the best wines of the region. Then find a spot on the beach and watch the sunset over the water with your toes in the sand…

 

Evans & Tate - Cellar Door

 

7. From a Cellar Door perspective, where are Evans & Tate going?

Well it all begins in the vineyard, which is out of my hands. From a winemaking perspective, Matt Byrne is absolutely killing it, his wines are amazing all the way across the portfolio and we obviously had a fantastic year for awards in 2013. So from my perspective and a Cellar Door point of view, our job is to keep maintaining that strong momentum and promote the integrity of Evans & Tate.

We have to  keep showing people the quality and depth of our ranges. For example the Redbrook Shiraz nabbed a bunch of trophies at the Qantas Wine Show of WA last  year, including best wine in all of WA. People come in because they love Classic and it’s great that it’s so popular- we love it too! But more often than not, they leave with a couple of cases of wine they’d never even tried before visiting.

 

Evans and Tate - Picnic at Jazz by the bay

 

8. Is there something in the Evans & Tate calendar you always look forward to?

That would have to be the annual Jazz by the Bay on the June long weekend. It’s always a fun weekend out for the family. On the Sunday we have a jazz band and everybody brings picnics and rugs… If anyone can make it this year, you have to come and experience it!

 

9. Name your perfect night.

Easy. A bottle of 2008 Redbrook Chardonnay, a bottle of 2008 Redbrook Shiraz and the perfect person to share it with.

 

You can read more about Richard in his biography and find out more about visiting Margaret river here. 
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  • sandra whatley says:

    was told recently that Evens&Tate was now only Tate. Is this true? Please advise.Thank you

    • Anna Dalagan says:

      Hi Sandra,

      Thanks for getting in touch! This is not the case. Evans & Tate remains our name and you can find our brand at your local bottle shop and online!

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