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BCNA member and businesswoman Kate Goodman reflects on the impact of her breast cancer diagnosis on her work, life and identity, and why she feels compelled to give back to BCNA.
Kate Goodman is used to life being a careful balancing act; working as a busy and successful winemaker. The irony is that in 2018 when she was crowned Australian Female Winemaker of the Year, Kate’s life had little equilibrium; the fallout of a Stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis.
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Australian Financial Review 4/9/2020
It's been a rough year for the industry which has suffered from fire, pandemic and personal tragedy. But there are great ways for wine lovers to show they care.
This year, of course, the wine community has had to cope with more than its fair share of challenges, from personal tragedies to global pandemics – piled on top of all the other ongoing issues that many have had to face. And it’s been great to see that community come together, as ever, to help each other.
Many winemakers, particularly those in regions affected by the summer bushfires, have told me how visitors flocked back to their cellar doors as soon as it was safe to do so, spending more, on better wine, to support their favourite producers.
And winemakers who have endured ongoing cellar-door lockdowns – and lost significant restaurant sales business because of the pandemic – have told me they’ve felt a strong sense of connection to those loyal customers who’ve bought an extra case, or dialled into the winemaker’s weekly Zoom tasting, or bought gift vouchers for when the winery restaurant is open again.
It’s not just altruism driving this, of course. The upside of buying wine for a good cause is that you get wine. It’s a win-win situation.
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Sometimes we forget just how often wine can be used in the cause of good.
Yarra Valley Rose 2020
Pretty, palest salmon-blush in colour and so inviting to the eye.
Lifted scent of fresh red summer berries: strawberry, raspberry. And rosebuds! Delicate light florals bring an extra layer.
A rose of wide appeal that is both super dry and with a brisk acidity working the mouth. So refreshing. It brings a fruit tingle brightness to the palate together with summer pudding, cherry and just a lick of cranberry tartness. It’s countered nicely with a light textural appeal.
Everything is in its place.
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Q WIne Reviews
August 30 , 2020
This Nikkal Rosé is a story of triumph and selflessness. Winemaker Kate Goodman has vowed to donate ALL profits from this wine to the Breast Cancer Network of Australia.
As per the press release from Kate Goodman:
In between when you woke up this morning and when you go to sleep tonight, 55 Australians will be told they have breast cancer. The risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer by age 85 is 1 in 7 for women and 1 in 670 for men. The five year survival rate is 90 percent.
In 2017 I joined these statistics. It was an eye opening time as I navigated the medical system for the first time. It also highlighted the importance of support systems be it family, friends or external. During this time I found the resources and networks of the Breast Cancer Network of Australia invaluable (bcna.org.au).
My life is great and I am in a position to give back. ALL profits from the sale of this wine will be donated to the BCNA. My fundraising target is $60 000. This limited edition Nikkal Rosé is "feminine, fun and fabulous".
Gorgously pink in the glass, this Rosé is made from Yarra Valley Merlot. It's quite a joyous wine and it's super easy to enjoy too. Driven by red currants and red berries, there's an ever so slight dusting of spice humming along in the background. A dry style with a delicious creamy mouth feel that reaches out for an embrace but the red apple crunch has me hooked.
A win on two levels - you get a delicious Rosé and the BCNA get some much needed funds. Your spring time afternoon slurp is an easy decision with this.
Region: Yarra Valley
RRP: $150 per 6 pack
Kate Goodman has been making wine for almost 30 years, currently as Chief Winemaker at Penley Estate in Coonawarra, Australia, as well as for her own brands Goodman and Nikkal in Victoria. Her extensive knowledge and experience come from decades working with some of Australia’s great wineries including Wirra Wirra, Tim Knappstein Wines, Seppelts, Dalwhinnie, and Punt Road, where she was chief winemaker from 2001 to 2013. In 2018, she was awarded the 2018 Australian Women in Wine ‘Winemaker of the Year’. Goodman is considered one of the leading contemporary winemakers in Australia.
Karen MacNeil interviewed Kate Goodman for WineSpeed in October 2019.
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Through much perseverance, Kate Goodman, a former biomedical science student, rose from cellar hand at some of Australia’s most iconic wineries to owner of her own label. She’s also chief winemaker of Penley Estatein Coonawarra, South Australia, a brand she turned around in just three years.
Today, Goodman commutes regularly between her home in McLaren Vale to Coonawarra and the Yarra Valley, Victoria, where she crafts wine under her Nikkal Wines brand.
She is also a mother, recent breast cancer survivor and a consultant for myriad wineries around the globe.
Through it all, she has remained an all-around tireless and talented professional, honored as the Winemaker of the Year at the 2018 Australian Women in Wine Awards.
“Winemaking allows me to connect the dots between nature and life.” –Kate Goodman
Published on February 26, 2020
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WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR - AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN WINE AWARDS
On Friday, 16 November the Australian Women in Wine Awards was held in Sydney, where it was announced I had won Winemaker of the Year.
This is an incredibly heartwarming to receive this award from my peers and I thank all who have helped me along the journey - a journey which of course will continue for some time to come.
You can read more about this award and what it means to me by accessing the media release issued by myself and Penley Estate.
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN IN WINE AWARDS
Surprisingly, I have been nominated alongside three other winemakers for the Australian Women in Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year.
It is humbling and deeply encouraging to be a nominee for 2018. The awards will be announced live online via Facebook, on Friday, 16 November 2018 at 2pm AEST.
WILD ABOUT MUSHROOMS
It's Autumn and it's wild mushroom season.
WINES TO WATCH
"Goodman's wines are worthy of attention for their steadfast focus on high quality. They're fine-tuned with strong regional expression, easy appeal and reflection of over two decades of experience.
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
APR MAY 2018
TIME TO SHINE
"The Yarra Valley, ..seems to be able to produce just about any wine well. Here we talk to the producers about what makes it special." Jane Faulkner talks Yarra Valley as a wine region, leading producers and their wines.
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International, London-based wine writer Sarah Ahmed AKA The Wine Detective, visits Goodman Wines in the Yarra Valley. Read more about her visit and reviews on my Goodman Wines.
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