"When David Hohnen and brother-in-law Murray McHenry established McHenry Hohnen in Margaret River in 2004, the business had more physical assets and greater multi-decade experience than any other new wine venture I can recall.
Hohnen graduated in viticulture and oenology from University of California, Davis, before returning to Australia in 1970 to plant a small vineyard on the outskirts of the Margaret River township. This became Cape Mentelle, which in turn established Cloudy Bay in Marlborough, New Zealand, in 1985. He served as CEO of each company until 2003, when Veuve Clicquot acquired control of both.
Murray McHenry was born into a hotelier family and created a successful chain of fine wine stores across Perth. He has since developed the Nedlands Hotel into a Perth landmark, complete with an extraordinary array of the greatest wines from Australia and overseas for purchase or consumption at the large restaurant.
In 1984, he planted his first vines in Margaret River in the Burnside Vineyard, the grapes sold to Cape Mentelle for many years. In 1994, he and partner Brian Sierakowski began the development of the 30ha Calgardup Brook Vineyard. McHenry's vineyard developments continued in 1998 with the purchase of a 75ha farm on Rocky Road, adjacent to Devil's Lair, planting (inter alia) chardonnay, zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon, making single vineyard wines from those three varieties.
Six years after McHenry Hohnen was founded, Trent Carroll joined the business as assistant winemaker, having played AFL for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle for 10 years, juggling football, a degree in viticulture and oenology from Curtin University and practical experience in an awesome group of wineries in Australia and California. Tall enough to succeed at full back, he became chief winemaker in 2012. It's a winning team."
Read the full article at The Australian online.