Scent Survey: Andrew Marks

Winemaker, gin maker.

If you were to judge Andrew Marks purely by the number of projects he has on at once, you might think he’s a distractible kind of guy. He makes wines in the Yarra Valley for his own label, The Wanderer and in the Emporda wine region, north of Barcelona, for its Spanish twin, El Wanderer. He’s co-winemaker at his family winery, Gembrook Hill, and when he’s not making gin under the name The Melbourne Gin Company (MGC) he’s delivering his luminous booze to wine shops around town. All this action is a sign of focus rather than flippancy, though. Andrew Marks makes wine and gin and he does these two things in an accomplished way: with a lot of sincerity and more than a bit of Martini-like balance.

What did your childhood smell like?

What scent has the power to stop you in your tracks and immediately transport you to a memory/moment/feeling?
A freshly baked Madeleine

What does/did your grandmother smell like?

What does your kitchen smell like?
Toast and tea

What does happy smell like?
Indistinguishable from Doc, Grumpy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey

What does your favourite place in the world smell like?

What is your least favourite smell?
Towels that smell of stale garlic

What does love smell like?
A woman’s armpit

What is your favourite smell?
Freshly mown grass with the faint lingering of burnt petrol; the smell of the bush just after a downpour; freshly brewed coffee …

What fragrance do you wear?
Man sweat