2021 Judge profile – Natalie Cleghorn

Nat Cleghorn is the current Katnook Estate Winemaker/Winery Manager and has just over 21 years’ experience in the wine industry. Joining Yalumba in 1999 starting in the laboratory she soon discovered a love of the winemaking craft, so  undertook a Bachelor degree in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University.

Since completing her studies, Nat has enjoyed both commercial and artisan experience working for Accolade Wines as the Katnook Winemaker , previously Yalumba and Hill Smith family’s estate vineyards, including Oxford Landing Estates and Dalrymple. She has also undertaken an international vintage at Clos Figueres in Priorat, Spain, an ultra-premium winery producing world-class DOQ wines.

Nat is an experienced wine show judge, having judged in numerous capital city and regional wine shows as well as being a graduate of the world renowned Len Evans Tutorial. Two-time finalist for Australian Women in Wine awards, Winemaker of the year.

A passion for premium handcrafted red wines has seen Nat develop a sense of patience and faith in the ability of great fruit to become outstanding wine.

“Over the years, I have developed a love for Cabernet Sauvignon; this noble variety have given me a great faith in a hands-off approach to winemaking,” she said.

“They also provide the excitement of facing the challenges and the ultimate reward of allowing the vineyard to speak”

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