Sam Coverdale lives on the Mornington Peninsula, makes wine there full-time and surfs part-time. Before taking up residence on the Peninsula, he obtained his degree in oenology from CSU, and accumulated 10 years of winemaking experience in Australia, France, Spain and Italy. Polperro is his single vineyard Mornington Peninsula range, and includes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Second label Even Keel uses grape varieties that best represent their region. Exports to Hong Kong. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Having grown up surfing the beaches of northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, Sam started out as a vintage cellar hand at Tyrrell’s at just 18 years of age, before completing degrees in Business from the University of Queensland and Wine Science at Charles Sturt University.
Sam joined Hardy’s, working across several Australian wine regions, then in Spain, Italy and France learning from the likes of Jean-Marc Lafage. Through this technical grounding and experience, Sam developed a strong sense of the wine he loves to drink and make – wine that plays to the strengths of particular regions and is true to the climatic conditions of each vintage.
He established Even Keel in 2006 with a view to creating drinkable, balanced and elegant wines that continue to interest beyond the first glass.Our Even Keel label celebrates varieties that are best suited to particular regions both within and outside the Mornington Peninsula.
Even Keel’s small production of elegant and balanced wines relies on sourcing premium fruit. We have ensured supply by establishing long-term relationships with growers from individually selected vineyards in some of Australia’s best and most distinctive winegrowing regions.
In 2008, Sam extended his wine portfolio and launched the premium single vineyard wines under the Polperro label. Sam is involved in all aspects of winegrowing and winemaking, using a mix of traditional and modern practices that ensure minimal intervention and a sustainable approach. Fruit is sourced from single vineyards located within the Mornington Peninsula and selected for their aspects and micro-climates.
Sam has a considered approachto winemaking celebrating individual vineyard character using a mix of traditional and modern practices that ensure minimal intervention and sustainability. With his winemaking he aims to retain the integrity of each vineyard and season, and nurture each wine’s personality.