Brave Souls 'The Lighthouse Keeper' Riesling 12pk 2019
One of Ten Best New Wineries - James Halliday Wine Companion 2019
Brave Souls is the creation of young winemaker Julia Weirich, in collaboration with Simon Cowham and Corey Ryan of Sons of Eden. The name is inspired by the story of the famous Admella shipwreck of 1859 and spotlights the remarkable accounts of those characters who risked their lives to help the survivors. Iconic Australian artist Bruce Goold generously agreed to visualise the tales of these Brave Souls for the project’s labels. Read More
Brave Souls 'The Lighthouse Keeper' Riesling 2018
Flooded with Meyer lemon and Rose’s lime juice flavours. Has good balance and length. Good now, better still in 5 years
Rating: 90 Points
Source: James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
Julia Weirich and the making of Brave Souls
Source: James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine (5-6 May, 2018)
When Julia Weirich got her masters degree in industrial engineering in 2012, she was at a loss. She’d never travelled outside Germany, and decided now was the time. But where to? Her friends were unanimous: Australia was the place for her. So, tourist visa obtained, Weirich set off with her backpack full to the brim.
I must leave many of the dots in her story unconnected, picking up when, with time running out on her visa, Weirich had to secure a sponsored job if she was to stay in Australia. One ad caught her eye, the problem being her ignorance about wine. “What have I got to lose?” she thought, and picked up the phone. After three interviews, at the end of 2013 she joined wine distributor Fesq & Company as marketing coordinator.
Over the following two years Weirich studied under the Wine & Spirit Education Trust program, yet she felt she needed to really understand how wine was made, so in February 2016 she left Fesq & Co (with the blessing of David Fesq) to undertake her first vintage with Australia’s king of pinot noir, Phillip Jones, in Gippsland. Vintage completed, they parted company good friends – and over the next two years Weirich worked in New Zealand, Italy, France and South Africa. During this time she had kept in touch with Fesq. “They’re family to me,” she says, adding: “I really wanted to return to Australia to make wine.”
Fesq also needed someone to fill the new role of European wine manager. That filled half the equation; the other half came from the talented duo Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham at Sons of Eden, distributed by Fesq & Co. In collaboration with Ryan and Cowham, Brave Souls is Weirich’s brand, with ’17 and ’18 vintages both lined up to follow the wines featured today. And oh, she’s now studying winemaking with the University of California, Davis, on its extension program.