I took this photograph of my dear comrade Stephen Hickinbotham in the early 'eighties. We were heading south down the Otways from his family vineyard and winery on Mt Anakie, a volcano near Geelong.
This is the Otway Eucalyptus regnans cool climate rainforest. We used to go camping down there in a cove near the lighthouse at the bottom of the peninsula.
In his visionary winemaking Stephen was a genius, a word I never waste. He was fearless in his curiosity and experiment, and was a savage adversary to the droll big companies that controlled the Australian wine business.
Australian wine would be very different thing had he not died in a plane crash on the way to a big Virgo birthday party at the Birdsville Races with his lovely partner Jenny O'Regan and six other beloved friends at this time in 1986.
They were all too young. We were all very young.