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32nd Annual Queensland Awards

32nd Annual Queensland Awards

The Queensland wine industry and wine lovers converged at The Queensland Cricketer’s Club on Wednesday 2nd September to celebrate the 32nd Annual Queensland Wine Awards.  Judging took place on Tuesday 1st September, so all were anticipating the results as presented by the Judging Panel, chaired by  Hamish Seabrook of Seabrook Wines / Kirrihill Clare Valley...

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Ridgemill Estate Hungry Horse MTG 2012

The Hungry Horse story is an interesting one. Let’s just say it involves a bludging relief teacher and a problem solving task set to kill time. We’ve all had those relief teachers, let’s face it.  Funnily enough, this was an interesting lesson from winemaker Peter McGlashan’s school days which has stuck for whatever reason.But what

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Symphony Hill Family Reserve Verdelho 2013

A whiff of this and I’m picturing palms, pools and sunshine. Very tropical and the pineapple and passion fruit on offer confirms that.Deliciously fresh with the spice character Verdelho brings with it washing through to the end. I certainly enjoyed it.The back label says, “…best enjoyed lazing in a hammock overlooking the ocean whilst being

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Twisted Gum Shiraz 2012

Coming from a small vineyard which is all hands on, thick mulch is distributed under vines, minimal herbicide used and zero pesticides are applied. The vines are dry grown which is unique from most vineyards in the Granite Belt region. Only 1900 bottles were produced.Winemaker Andy Williams take a bow. Juicy red berries and dark

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Golden Grove Vermentino 2014

Here’s another textural delight from Ray Costanzo.Small white flowers and citrus aromas spill from the glass. There’s a sprinkle of spice with a wash of lemon juice at the death, but that lingering textural thing Ray has perfected with some of his white wines sits pretty well. Many Vermentinos wipe the slate clean at the

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Tobin Wines Max Shiraz Block One 2013

Adrian Tobin is a passionate and driven individual who takes considerable pride in his vineyard and the wines he produces. At 75 years of age, his enthusiasm is infectious.All of his wines are named after his grandchildren, and of the 14 wines on his list, half are already sold out. The wines are single varietals

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Golden Grove Durif 2013

You could pass this off as a savoury Grenache. Damn its tasty. Durif is often seen is a big and gutsy wine, but that’s not the case here.Dangerously approachable, it’s a far cry from the 15% plus alcohol blockbusters coming from Rutherglen.There’s plenty going on. Tar, lead pencil, mulberry and raspberry fruits, black pepper, black

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Wine industry honours Hayes

      HUMBLED BY AWARD: Winemaker/Viticulturist Mike Hayes was blown away to be awarded the Samuel Bassett award at the recent Queensland Wine Awards Photo Erin Smith / Stanthorpe Border Post Erin Smith EMOTIONAL, humbled and shocked is how winemaker Mike Hayes described his reaction to winning the coveted Samuel Bassett award at the

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