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Our People

Brett Murdoch - Owner and Managing Director 


Having attained a wine making and viticulture diploma from the Eastern Institute of Technology some years prior, and after many years involvement in the New Zealand food processing industry as a professional engineer, Brett undertook direct involvement in the wine world with the establishment of the William Murdoch fine wine label. The fruit for the wines coming exclusively from his Hawke’s Bay, Gimblett Gravels, vineyard.

A passion for harmony with nature coupled with a desire for the highest quality saw the hand tended vineyard and the hand crafted wines certified organic in 2010. Wine making using natural ferments and with minimal intervention in the wine making process furthered the creation of unique natural wines.

Brett takes great pride in the production of the serious, high quality, handcrafted and natural William Murdoch wines.





Jenny Dobson - Consultant Winemaker

Jenny has over 30 years of winemaking experience in both France and Australasia. 

She studied at Otago University(1975 – 1978) before leaving New Zealand to start her winemaking career in 1979 at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. After 2 seasons she moved to Paris to work with Steven Spurrier at L’Academie du Vin before taking up the position of Maitre de Chais in 1983 at Château Sénéjac in the Haut Médoc of Bordeaux. Chateau Sénéjac was one of the few properties in the Medocto make white wine from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon as well as the traditional red wines. 12 years later Jenny moved with her family back to the Southern Hemisphere working firstly as winemaker at Frankland Estate in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, before returning to New Zealandas winemaker at Te Awa Farm in Hawkes Bay. Since 2008 Jenny has been working closely with selected winemaking properties on special projects.


Angela Murdoch - Accounts and Administration

angela.pngAngela has a degree in business and a graduate diploma in Occupational Health & Safety. She looks after the accounting & administration here at William Murdoch.