I joined the family business over a decade ago to
fulfil a dream to create our own family label.
Our vision was to utilise the balance of Margaret
River with its rugged terrain and temperate
climate. This we termed “UMAMU”, a palindrome
inspired by Balance & Contentment. Balance &
Contentment has firmly become the philosophy of
everything we do at UMAMU.
Everything we do at UMAMU is about balance -
our ecosystem, environment, enjoyment of life
and our work.
As I started to appreciate the importance of
‘work/life balance’, I sought for our brand to be
something the consumer can engage with. I
wanted people to have an association and conversation around our wine, as they reflect on their life
journey, giving rise to Balance & Contentment
within themselves – and inspiring it in others.
I realised from the outset the importance of
carefully managing the vines so that they are in
balance, so the rest of the wine journey can then
flow naturally. This includes how we manage and
refine our trellis and canopies, the choice of French
oak barrels to pair with our fruit so that neither
outweighs the other and our striving for a
We aspire for our wines to drink well on their own
but also to pair with food, with prongs to the fifth
flavour of food known as Umami.