Let's be honest. How many native Chinese winemakers do you see globally?
Judges, critics, certified educators, stewards, connoisseurs and bloggers. Yes, there are many locally and internationally.
But a Chinese winemaker in a town of 6,500, located in the deep Southwestern part of Australia? A Chinese winemaker of a 5-red star winery? A Chinese winemaker who has a decade of experience over multiple vintages, different regions and varied grape varieties?
Michael Ng is, in my humble opinion, a head-turner in the industry. And if you leave aside the crass, superficial differentiation, I continue to find a set of captivating qualities.
During my time at Rockcliffe, I spent a couple of hours with Michael. His steadfast commitment to the daily labors of the winery meant our interaction was limited. But the time we shared left me with a deep, meaningful impression.
Whilst the romantic allure of winemaking has diminished compared to the time he first started, Michael stil...