Marcus grew up around the wine growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia, and after a few years working and studying to be a sommelier in wine bars both in the Great Southern and Perth, made the move to Melbourne. His four year stint in Melbourne's Vue de Monde as Head Sommelier set him in good stead to expand his work experience throughout the world as the Wine and Spirit Consultant for the Aman Hotel group based out of Indonesia and Tokyo selecting wines from all regions of the world. In more recent times, Marcus has worked extensively throughout Germany and Australia doing all aspects of wine making and viniculture.
During August and September 2018 Marcus spent 5 weeks working with the "2Naturkinder" winery in Kitzingen in Germany. Michael Volker the wine maker is a hardcore biodynamic wine grower in the Palatinate who farms with the Steniner Method in mind calling on lunar cycles and planetary alignments to dictate what needs to be done in the vineyard. The winery is run completely additive free, with zero copper, sulphur, acidification or chaptalisation used at all. The wines are low alcohol, pure, precise and completely unique to the region.
Over the past few years he has used this knowledge and experience to launched his own wine brand "Gonzo Vino" based in on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria where he farms 6.5 acres of 30 year old un-grafted vines. Shiraz, Sangiovese, Semillon, Trebbiano and Chardonnay where initially planted and with organics in mind, the cover crop Marcus uses is oats, vetch, legumes and clover to deliver organic matter and nitrogen back into the soil.
The vineyard has a low yield, about 1 tonne to the acre. Marcus makes 4 wines, a skin contact field blend white; 13 hours on skins, pressed to stainless and left unsulphured until bottling. Sangiovese/Shiraz chilled red, fermented in stainless, no malo and unsulphured until bottling. The shiraz in destemmed and carbonic for 8 days the plunged for a week before being basket pressed to barrel to complete malo. The wines are made with a light touch to maximise the drinking pleasure whilst young. These vines are organically grown and hand worked to create wines and which are “the ultimate” drink now style. The wines are a modern take on the old bag-in-box concept and packaged in fully recyclable aluminium bags.