Perry is a low-intervention winemaker, who prefers not to interfere too much with the process, letting the grapes do the talking. You might know that ‘dormilona’ translates to ‘lazybones’ or ‘sleepyhead’ in Spanish, but lazy is not a word to describe Perry. Before starting her own label she travelled the world doing vintages in Burgundy, Bordeaux, New Zealand and the US, and even managed wineries in Spain and the Canary Islands. But back in Australia with her family, you’ll catch Perry at her urban cellar door in Margaret River sharing her wines.
What led you into a career in wine?
My grandfather was the head brewer at Swan Brewery and when work experience came up at school, he sent me to Cape Mentelle for two weeks during harvest – I’ve never looked at anything else since. I loved the energy and excitement, along with the wine that harvest creates.
How would you sum up Dormilona in two words?
The first word is ‘cave’. The winery is my happy place I run to when life gets too hard for my little brain. And the second word would be ‘dead’, because I use every last drop of the grape and stalks to make the best wine possible. So the grape is just dead and gone.
What Australian wines are you enjoying?
I’m loving grenache from the Swan Valley, like from Chouette Wine. It’s such delicate, pretty fruit with richness. So good.
What Dormilona wine are you drinking at the moment and do you have a favourite food match you enjoy with it?
I’m drinking the 2020 Dormilona Chenin Blanc with some fried mushroom pork dumplings that my daughter and I make together. There’s something warming about cooking with a loved one. The food and wine always tastes better.