Ricky Evans is a winemaker who knew what he wanted from a young age. After studying Oenology (the science and study of wine and winemaking) and working in the Barossa, Ricky traveled; working along the way in the Adelaide Hills and Napa Valley. Upon returning to Australia he quickly settled back in his home of Tasmania. Evans took a winemaking position at the acclaimed Bay of Fires vineyard under the leadership of the legendary winemaker Ed Carr. During his time there, he managed to travel to Piedmont, Germany, and the UK soaking up knowledge and experience as he went.
In 2013 armed with this knowledge and a laser focus, Ricky launched Two Tonne Tasmania (TTT). Aptly named after the two tonnes of Tamar Valley Pinot Noir fruit that went into the first vintage. Over the years as Evans’ Two Tonne project grew, it became impossible for him to give his role at Bay of Fires the time and attention it needed. He moved into consulting work filling the financial gap so he could focus on TTT.
Ricky’s winemaking style is involved but also passive, with the aim to produce fresh, yet complex wines, where minimal intervention is required. He believes that with the right amount of care and focus in the vineyard, and decisive harvest decisions, much of the hard work is done to achieve the wine style he aims for. The rest is nurturing the wines through fermentation, blending and cellaring.
“I want flavour. I want the wines to be generous. But purity is first and foremost what I’m trying to find.” – says Ricky
In 2016 things began to pay off for Ricky, he was voted Young Gun of Wine People’s Choice winner. And since then he’s continued to exceed our expectations and surprise us at every turn. Ricky recently launched his Havilah Wines a wine label and restaurant all in one. Now holding the lease on a small vineyard in the Tamar Valley and having planted a vineyard and built a rudimentary winery on his family’s property at Swan Bay, on the east side of the Tamar (which will surely be formidable in the years to come) Ricky looks to be unstoppable!