32nd Annual Queensland Awards

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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.

The evening commenced with guests tasting the wines that had been presented with delicious canapés of Panko crumbed prawns with basil infused aioli, Crispy polenta chip with sweet onion jam, and Smoked duck breast and spiced poached pear chutney. A spectacular view over the ‘Gabba oval set the mood.

The Supporter awards were presented first before an entrée of Sweet potato gnocchi with panfried chorizo in a reduce white wine cream sauce. Our congratulations and thank you to:

Craft Wine Store as the Most Supportive Retailer

David Curnow, ABC Radio as the Most Supportive Media Commentator

Regional Flavours, Brisbane Marketing as the Most Supportive Community Event

Andrew Corrigan MW presented the judges comments to the room, noting that the Alternative Varieties were a very strong field, and Verdelho and Shiraz were the standouts in the mainstream varieties. Six trophy wines were awarded, no champion sparkling or fortified were awarded.

Champion Mainstream Variety White Wine – Robert Channon Wines 2015 Verdelho

Champion Alternative Variety White Wine – Ballandean Estate 2015 Messing About Fiano

Champion Mainstream Variety Red Wine –  Clovely Estate 2012 Polyphemus Shiraz

Champion Alternative Variety Red Wine –  Golden Grove 2013 Malbec

Outstanding Wine of Provenance – Left Field Semillon 2010, 2013, and 2014, Clovely Estate

Champion Wine of Show – Golden Grove 2013 Malbec

After a filling main course of Roast Eye Fillet, the room was ready to settle back to congratulate the industry award winners. The Awards were presented by the Mayor for South Burnett, Wayne Kratzmann. This year Ballandean Estate Wines dominated by winning all categories.

Queensland Viticulturist of the Year – Angelo Puglisi – Ballandean Estate Wines

Queensland Winemaker of the Year – Dylan Rhymer, Ballandean Estate Wines

Queensland Cellar Door of the Year – Ballandean Estate Wines

Queensland Winery of the Year – Ballandean Estate Wines

Finally the Samuel Bassett Award was presented. This is the industry award recognising continual and consistent support for and within the Queensland Wine Industry. This year the award was presented to Mary Puglisi of Ballandean Estate Wines. Mary has been the public face of the Ballandean cellar door for many years as well as raising the next generation of passionate wine industry stalwarts.

The Judges were Hamish Seabrook (Seabrook Wines / Kirrihill Clare Valley), Andrew Locke (Warren Randall McLaran Vale), Chris Brace (The Brisbane Club), Jason Froman (La Reserve, Brisbane), Alan Hunter (Courier Mail, Brisbane), Cate Looney (Brown Brothers, Milawa). The Associate Judges were Michael Orchardson (Negociants Australia), Stefano Radichi (Clovely Estate), Jessica Ferguson (Sirromet), Tom Battle (Symphony Hill). The Chief Steward was Sandra Dean ably assisted by a team of volunteers. We thank Rob Learmonth for collating and publishing the results.

For all the pictures from the night, please head to our Facebook page – Queensland Wine, images are courtesy of Mel from Smak! Studio Photography.

We thank our sponsors for the evening – Winestate Magazine, The Queensland Cricketers’ Club, and Ede’s Salon. If you are interested in sponsoring a category at next years awards, please contact us via membership@qwia.org.au

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Raise a glass to Aussie Wine Month with Queensland Wine Week

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qww logo 2015Queensland Wine Week (May 30 -June 7) will kick off on May 30th to join in the celebrations for Aussie Wine Month (May),  the country’s biggest annual celebration of Australian wine, with our first scheduled event being our Granite Belt   road-trip on Sunday 31st May.
Queensland Wine Week, now in its third year, joins forces with Aussie Wine Month, itself in its fourth year, to encourage wine drinkers to discover the diversity, quality and regionality of Queensland wine, and share their discoveries by  including  #QLDWineWeek and #AussieWineMonth in their social media  posts.
We know Queenslanders love Aussie wine but what Queensland Wine Week is all about is discovering what’s on our own doorstep, something new to love, whether that’s the wines of a new winemaker or a grape variety they’ve never tasted  before.
A full list of Queensland Wine Week events including tastings, dinners, winery visits can be found on the website:- www.qldwineweek.com.au.

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Golden Grove Vintage Reserve Shiraz 2012

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Winemaker Ray Costanzo says 2012 is the best vintage he has seen on the Granite Belt. So much so he dedicated a new label to it – Vintage Grand Reserve.
Made from 50 year old vines, this is smart. Only medium weight, the best of it is yet to come.
Black fruits, some chocolate and varietal spice, a dab of white pepper and a hint of clove hold the fort. Cedary oak floats around effortlessly adding another dimension. There is some fruit sweetness but that only builds to a well layered palate.
I’d buy one for sure but I wouldn’t touch it for another couple of years. Cellar for up to ten years.
Very good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $45


Review by Qwine  February 2015

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Ridgemill Estate Hungry Horse MTG 2012

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Ridgemill Estate Hungry Horse MTG 2012The 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 about the wine? A blend of Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Grenache all contributing 33% each, the wine was made with the specific intention to be food friendly and was based on some Spanish styles. The objective has certainly been achieved.

Medium to full bodied, there’s an underlying granite minerality to the fruit. A savoury spice jumps from the glass followed by some cherries, mulberry and plum fruit. Some cheeky spice raises its head again chiming in on the finish.

I’m thinking salami pizza or chorizo to match. Even bangers and mash.

A very good wine which I’d happily drink glasses of (I couldn’t stop filling it up). Drop the price a notch or two and it would become even more attractive.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $28

Review by Qwine  June 2014
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Symphony Hill Family Reserve Verdelho 2013

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A whiff of this and I’m picturing palms, pools and sunshine. Very tropical and the pineapple and passion fruit on Symphony Hill Family Reserve Verdelho 2013offer 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 fed prawns by your lover.” Fair enough. Best I head out and get a hammock.

Who: Symphony Hill Wines
What: Verdelho (13% alc)
Where: Granite Belt
When: 2013
How: $25


Review by Qwine  March 2014
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Twisted Gum Shiraz 2012

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Twisted Gum Shiraz 2012Coming 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 cherry fruit cut loose delivering sexy complexity and supple length that just won’t go away. Wade through it some more and find a dash of granite minerality hovering in the background.Available online and at the cellar door.


Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $30
Source: Cellar door tasting


Review by Qwine October 11,2014
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Golden Grove Vermentino 2014

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Golden Grove Vermentino 2014Here’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 finish but this just loiters with intent. Partial barrel ferment the key here.Whatever Ray is doing with this variety,  I hope he doesn’t change it.

Very good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $26

Review by Qwine  November 27, 2014
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Tobin Wines Max Shiraz Block One 2013

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Tobin Wines Max Shiraz Block One 2013Adrian 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 produced in small batches and no blending takes place. “We pick, crush and ferment without manipulating anything,” he says.In the glass, the aromas from this Shiraz suggest it is a dense wine. Not the case. A lovely expression of cool climate Shiraz is highlighted by dark fruits, chocolate, a vanilla kick and a spice punch on the finish. Elegant describes the delivery best.

I bought one for the cellar to revisit in a few years.

Very good.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $45

Review by Qwine  November 11, 2014

Golden Grove Durif 2013

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Golden Grove Durif 2013You 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 garden soil, and dried savoury herbs. A little perky acid rides the fruit to give good balance.A medium term cellaring option but is drinking well now.

Very good to excellent.

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $30

Review by Qwine  December12, 2014
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Clovely Estate Il Taglio Mediterranean Blend 2013

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Il tagglioThere’s a bit of change going on at Clovely Estate. Former winemaker and CEO Luke Fitzpatrick has moved on and taking his place is Sarah Boyce and Stefano Radici. The change doesn’t stop there with the label and logo getting a little shake up here, and I like it!

A blend of the Mediterranean varieties grown, this is a fruit salad of sorts, but a lot of fun and most importantly, tasty booze.

Shiraz (36%), Nebbiolo (34%), Grenache (14%), Barbera (6%), Sangiovese (6%) and Mourverdre (3%) make the starting line up. I’m sure blending this wine would have been an interesting experience.

The wine itself is attractive leaving you with much to ponder. Red flowers, earth, lead pencil shavings, strawberries and savoury herbs add to a flavoursome landscape. A fine dusting of black pepper runs through stealthily.

and pasta would be perfect partners, although the back label suggests pecorino cheese, charcuterie


It’s not a wine that will win a lot of medals, but will surely win a lot of hearts purely because it is so approachable. Pizza and pasta would be perfect partners, although the back label suggests pecorino cheese, charcuterie or osso bucco. Whatever the food choice, you’ll be sure to be grinning.

A have now type, I’d go back for more of this simply for its approachability. Tick!

Region: South Burnett
RRP: $22
Source: Sample

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