Kim

Winemaker

You will notice that Kim goes by his first name around Loveblock, this is to respectfully avoid confusion with the brand that carries his name but with which he is no longer involved.

“I am Erica’s husband and the winemaker here at Loveblock. Making wine is really the only thing I have ever done; I’ve been doing it for almost 30 years now.

I am from a farm and for me the challenge of Loveblock was to tame the wild piece of land up there on top of the hill. I thought the flavours we could extract had the potential to be quite special and distinctive, intense yet elegant. I am just lucky enough that we are in a position to experiment, return the balance to the land and make the best wine I can, doing what I love.”

Kim trained at New Zealand’s Massey University and specialized in Oenology at South Australia’s Roseworthy College. His first jobs included vintages at Arrowfield in NSW’s Hunter Valley, Stags Leap Winery in Napa Valley (where he learnt a lot about coffee) and Backsberg Estate in South Africa. He returned to his native New Zealand in 1988 and worked at Coopers Creek Vineyard for some 10 years.

For the next nine years, Kim and Erica forged a brand and then sold their company. Loveblock heralds their return to the industry.

He has won numerous accolades, produced many Spectator Top 100 wines and won trophies and medals for his wines. Trademark constraints prevent us from listing these.

Kim loves fishing, hunting and gardening with his constant companion, Spooky, the fat Valhund.