St. DUNE is a project from brothers Duncan and Peter Lloyd using fruit sourced from a vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.
DUNE was born from Peter and Duncan’s desire to explore wines showcasing this vineyard's unique and interesting style, and varieties suited to the gently north-facing, late ripening site.
The first DUNE wines were released in 2016 and the range has expanded to include a variety of blends and single varietal wines that are driven by a fresh, aromatic style that this vineyard delivers.
We farm organically (although not yet officially certified) and ferment simply. We don't fine our wines, sulphur is added in minimal amounts (although some wines receive none) and the wines receive a gentle filter prior to bottling. However, the approach is not one of minimal intervention – some of our varieties are co-fermented, others are not, the blending process is strategic and considered. Wines are driven by a vision of style, with each wine produced according to its style outcome and based on the individual qualities of the vineyard. This may involve different pruning techniques, green harvest or bunch thinning, differing dates for harvest, differing treatment of grapes pre-ferment, and then in the winery.
Duncan and Peter grew up immersed in a world of wine, olive oil, illegal goats cheese and great food. Both worked in kitchens from the age of 13 and developed a love of good food and an understanding of wine's role in bringing food to life.
Duncan studied winemaking before leaving the area to make wine around Australia and the world from Tasmania, Margaret River, Chianti, Rhone and beyond. In 2016 he returned home to McLaren Vale. Peter left the area after university and spent time baking bread in different parts of France, shovelling croissants in Paris, making cider in Somerset, and raising Alpacas in Sussex before working in wine distribution in Melbourne for several years. In 2020 he returned home to McLaren Vale and they can’t understand why you would want to live anywhere else.