Lenton Brae consists of a small dedicated team that quadruples in size every vintage. In addition to the faces below, we welcome backpackers from all over the world to assist us during the busy and exciting harvest period from February-April.
Our Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are all hand-picked from our Wilyabrup vineyard during this time.
Edward Tomlinson. I first started coming down to Margaret River soon after Dad bought the land that was to become our Wilyabrup vineyard. To say I was reluctant to pull weeds all weekends was an understatement though I did become quite accomplished at bogging the tractor. Dad persisted with the vineyard and my complaints and after an unsuccessful year of Economics at UWA I was off to Roseworthy to study Oenology. It was on the bus back to wine studies for my final year I realised making wine from our Wilyabrup vineyard Lenton Brae was too good an opportunity to let pass. It came with the added bonus of getting to live in the South West of ‘WA’ too. Number of vintages at Lenton Brae: 25 continue reading
Russell Cocker. ‘Russ’ worked about 10 vintages in Wilyabrup before bringing his ‘wine whispering’ talents to Lenton Brae. A keen surfer, he’s particularly productive when the wind’s ‘off shore’ and survives on a diet of black tea and microwaved left overs. Other hobbies include football comebacks and injuries resulting from football comebacks. Russ’s capacity to carry the winemaker on one shoulder and the rest of Lenton Brae on the other has left him a little lopsided but the Russ’s work ethic and absolute quality focus is the bedrock of the quality and consistency of Lenton Brae. Number of vintages at Lenton Brae: 6
Jeanette Tomlinson. I moved to Lenton Brae when we first started making our own wine in 1989. After about 6 or 7 years of trial and error (lots of) all of a sudden the vineyard literally bore fruit and we had wine, the selling of which became one of my roles here. I remember loading the car and driving to Perth to do the rounds – this was before we had any distribution. I love the social interaction that wine facilitates and also love to share our story, though thankfully I can do that at our cellar door and not have to drive to Perth anymore! Number of vintages at Lenton Brae: 29
Mary Ranford. After visiting Margaret River and attending the annual Gourmet Escape weekend at Leewin Estate, the decision to relocate from a winery in the Adelaide Hills to the heavenly Mediterranean climate of Margaret River was not a difficult one to make. Add to that the opportunity to work for one of the region’s best Chardonnay producers and the deal was done! In addition to assisting Jeanette in the Cellar Door Mary is also the go to for all personal wine orders, large or small, plus corporate packages and sponsorship. Please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch. Number of vintages at Lenton Brae: 2
Betty. I’m Betty, official winery dog in residence. I’m an English Pointer which makes me a ‘gun dog’ though no one around here seems to know what a gun is hence my mild neuroticism. I’m very gentle though and love a pat so do say hello! Mary or Jeanette usually know where to find me… Number of vintages at Lenton Brae: 14
In The Community
Lenton Brae is proud to support the following foundations and organisations:
The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation (PMH Foundation) is the official fundraising body for Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH), Western Australia’s only specialist children’s hospital. Since the Foundation was first established in 1998, more than $20 million has been raised to fund life-saving research and capital projects. Close to a quarter of the equipment currently used by the hospital has been funded by the PMH foundation.
Youth Focus, is a Western Australian community based organisation with expertise in providing practical and effective support for young people 12 to 18 years of age and their families, who are showing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self harm.
The WA Screen Academy is part of the Edith Cowan University and provides teaching and training digital production for the small screen. It provides carefully selected students with industry-level skills, a showreel of production work and a strong analytical and theoretical foundation relating to television and associated new media applications.