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.
Natalie Cleghorn personifies two of Yalumba’s great passions – wine and horse racing. A former track rider at the neighbouring Hayes family property Lindsay Park, Natalie joined Yalumba in 1999. Natalie has experience in wine production in small and large volumes and a love of the noble grape varieties, in particular Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.
Initially employed in the laboratory, Nat gained a Bachelor of Science-Winemaking through Charles Sturt University. Since completing her studies, Nat has enjoyed both commercial and artisan experience at the Hill-Smith family’s estate vineyards. She has also undertaken an international vintage at Clos Figueres in Priorat, Spain, an ultra-premium winery producing world class DOQ wines.
“I find winemaking not dissimilar to the racing world – both involve the growing and handling of fine stock in the hope you can create something special and memorable.”
The Cigar is an award winning wine crafted from fruit grown on Yalumba’s Menzies Estate in Coonawarra. Approachable, generous and much loved, this wine has won praise since its first vintage release in 2006. Named after the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil that has cemented Coonawarra’s reputation as a premium winemaking region, the wine highlights the varietal strength of Cabernet Sauvignon.