Many hands make light work and on Friday Northern Tasmania’s wine community came together to help continue the legacy of a much-missed friend.
Assisting with the final stages of pruning ahead of spring, Mr Dell’s wife Linda Morice said the effort was phenomenal and very much appreciated.
“The support has been bubbling from day dot really,” Ms Morice said.
“Everyone has just said – ‘we want to help, how can we help?’ We had that in the back of our mind over the last few months… but we had to get ourselves into a position in the vineyard that we were able to do that.
“To know if a big group came in, that we would be able to smash out a fair bit of work in a short amount of time.”
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Survived by his two young daughters Esme and Clementine, Ms Morice said the family had been overwhelmed by support since Vaughn’s death.
Working hard to continue the Sinapius brand, she has since taken on the winemaking responsibilities, with some assistance.
“It probably has been a big surprise. You know you are a part of a community, but we’ve had a much greater level of support than I would have ever anticipated,” she said.
“I guess it just shows we are so lucky to be surrounded by these amazing people and obviously Vaughn had an impact on lots of people in the industry.
“I have quickly up-skilled in lots of areas, with support. I have an amazing vineyard manager who is more than capable and will support me to manage the vineyard going forward.
“So as sad as the situation is, I just feel like I need to keep all of this going.
“So much hard work has gone into it, so why wouldn’t I?”
Friday’s collaboration was largely organised by Delamere Vineyard owner and winemaker Fran Austin, with many businesses donating their time.
“Bread and Butter donated morning tea, Saint John’s donated some beer and even Jeremy Dineen from Josef Chromy made pies. It’s been great,” Ms Morice said.
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