January 02, 2018

Blind ambition driving new General Manager

One of Western Australia’s largest growers of organic and biodynamic wines, Blind Corner, has appointed experienced hotel manager Paul Maley to drive the company’s push towards global recognition.

Located in WA’s Margaret River wine region, Blind Corner has been a quiet achiever in recent years, doubling its production almost every year since its first vintage 8 years ago. Mr Maley says he is looking forward to building on the current success of the winery, while embracing innovative strategies to better promote organic wines to a wider audience.

“I’m confident we have the right team in place to be able to offer a premium WA product that is a little different from the norm,” Mr Maley said. “Our winemakers’ long connection with the local environment has influenced their natural approach to the craft.   The market for their Natural and  Organic wines has been steadily increasing in recent years, with consumers becoming more aware of what they are eating and drinking. Blind Corner wines can already be found in top restaurants around the world, from The Standard Hotel in New York, to Bennelong at the Sydney Opera House, to Wildflower in Perth. I look forward to helping spread this unique flavour of Western Australia even further.”

Mr Maley says after 10 years of managing the popular Brisbane and Boulevard Hotels in Perth, he is looking forward to new challenge in a location he knows well.

“There are not too many places on Earth were you can find amazing beaches, great food and wine, and untouched bushland all within a 10 minute drive from each other,” Mr Maley said. “But, I’m most excited to lead a team of winemakers and grape growers who have been really pushing the boundaries since they began.”

Owner and Founder of Blind Corner, Ben Gould, is also excited about the appointment. “It’s great to have someone like Paul come on board. His proven track record in building quality businesses is one thing, but he also gets what we’re trying to achieve, and has a vision on how to get there. We look forward to making our  wines even more accessible to real wine lovers around Australia and the world.”

<Note: Facts, Bios and downloads further below>

ENDS

Contact:

Paul 0414 135 857

paul@blindcorner.com.au

www.blindcorner.com.au

Blind Corner Key Facts

Blind Corner is a fully-certified organic and biodynamic wine maker.  Vineyards, Winery and Bottling line

They create a range of natural wines - from Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Bubbles.  Also alternative varieties such as Aligote, Pinot Gris, and new clones of Sangiovese and Merlot

Blind Corner has two vineyard locations - Wilyabrup, in the centre ‘dress circle’ of the Margaret River Wine region, and Quindalup in the North. Winemaking & bottling is done on site at the Quindalup property.  

Blind Corner are renown for reducing the amount of additives and preservatives in their wines, also using techniques like foot-crushing grapes, hand-plunging, wild fermentation and carbonic maceration

Blind Corner has published popular Biodynamic Calendar Apps on iTunes and Google Play store.  Also both eBooks and Printed books on Wine Additives.

BIOS

Ben

Ben was born just in time to witness East Fremantle win the 1974 WAFL Grand Final, thus breaking a 9-year drought for the team. This caused his Dad to believe that he possessed exceptional timing and was destined to be a sporting hero. His Dad was wrong. Ben and his wife Naomi own and run Blind Corner Organic & Biodynamic vineyards and winery. Their 20+ years experience in the cellars and vineyards of Margaret River culminated in a 2-year European jaunt trying to sample every wine and surf break in Western Europe.

Ben has a fancy bit of paper certifying him to be a grapegrower and winemaker (Bachelor of Applied Wine Science), but he’s most proud of the fact that he’s able to balance work with family time, dropping into Blind Corner’s skate ramp with the kids on a regular basis.

Naomi

If Ben is the head of Blind Corner, Naomi is the heart. Her years of experience in hospitality and fronting cellar doors means she knows the people side of the business more than most. Her natural approach to life, bred from years surfing in the pristine Indian Ocean, has been a driving force in ensuring the organic/biodynamic direction of Blind Corner - not only with the wines, but adding chickens to the property to peck bugs off the vines, and installing a big veggie patch to keep the family in fresh produce. Naomi keeps all of the boys honest, even if she does sneak a bottle of Petillant into her backpack whenever stocks get low.

Simon

Simon is French - which in most people’s eyes make him instantly qualified to be a winemaker. In reality, he’s from the part of France that’s more famous for making beer. We hired him anyway. He’s a crazy hard worker, is well-travelled and quick to smile. Apart from helping to grow, taste and waste wines with us, he is Blind Corner’s resident bee whisperer, taking care of the many Warre hives on the Quindaulp property.

Paul 

The newest addition to the team, Paul is the CEO and Chief Coffee Maker at Blind Corner. He managed two hugely successful hotels in Perth before taking the lifestyle leap (and staggering pay cut) to run our operations from the South West of WA. His proven track record in growing strong businesses, along with his inclusive vision of making natural wines more accessible, makes him the perfect guy to bring Blind Corner to the wider world. When he’s not crunching the numbers or scratching out strategy, he can be found cracking hockey balls around the pitch, reminding us that he’s not afraid to use the stick as well as the carrot to get things done.  

Downloads

Wine Additive eBook download here

Photos of the team here
(Please credit Patrick Schuttler)
Medium res, higher res available

Paul Maley Photos here
(Please credit Patrick Schuttler)
Medium res, higher res available

Wine Bottle photos here

Vineyard winery photos here
(Please credit Freedom Garvey)

Vineyard winery photos here
(Please credit Patrick Schuttler)