Brothers Peter and Duncan Lloyd both worked in kitchens as teenagers growing up in McLaren Vale. It's where they developed a love of good food and an understanding of the role of wine in bringing food to life. They set up Dune in 2008. They source most of their grapes from a vineyard called Desert Sands in Blewitt Springs. When the brothers took over from the previous owners they started using organic composts to improve the soil and planted native grasses between rows. Now the vineyard is teeming with life, you might even see the odd kangaroo!
They have replaced Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with Mediterranean varietals which suit the site and climate much better. They've reduced yields significantly, started working organically and are on the way to receiving certification. They don't have a house style, rather each of their wines stems from the individual qualities of the vineyard. This may involve particular pruning techniques or harvesting parcel by parcel. The same goes for the winemaking sometimes they de-stem sometimes they use whole-bunch, sometimes low-sulphur, sometimes none - basically the grapes are treated as individuals.