Nathan Kandler got the wine bug while bartending during his college holiday and decided to study Viticulture and Enology. He then worked at a number of wineries in California, and did a stint at Torbreck in Barossa, before becoming associate winemaker at Thomas Fogarty. In 2007 he started making his own wines under the Precedent label. With Precedent he seeks out historic vineyards such as Evangelho in Contra Costa County and Wirz in Ciena. This old-vine treasure trove was planted in 1890. The dry farmed, own-rooted vines on alluvial granite and quartz sands produce wines with amazing life and soul. Nathan’s goal with this project is “to foster the voice of the soil into your glass of wine through traditional and natural techniques in the vineyard and cellar”, and he gets a real buzz when he finds sites that have a “magical combination of variety, climate and soil”. Discovering and working with these places is what Precedent is all about.

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