Sirromet Wines begins 2014 vintage grape harvest and crush

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Sirromet Wines began its 2014 vintage harvest this week and expects to crush 500 tonnes of grapes from its Queensland vineyards over the next three months.

Chief winemaker Adam Chapman said Chardonnay and Cabernet varietals from Sirromet’s Granite Belt vineyards are stand-outs for quality this season with good leaf and upright growth on the vines.


“At this stage we think our total yield (500 tonnes) should be similar to what we crushed the previous vintage, despite different growing conditions,” he said.

Sirromet harvested its first fruit from the new vintage last Sunday when five tonnes of red Chambourcin grapes were picked from vineyards at the company’s headquarters at Mount Cotton, near Brisbane.

The fruit was hand-picked by more than 80 Club Sirromet members. Read more…….

Pleasing Results ASWS for Qld Producers

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symphony hillThe Australian Small Winemakers Show held in Stanthorpe yielded a pleasing haul of medals for Queensland producers. From 205 Queensland wines entered 58 received medals. Overall the show received 1409 entries from producers of less than 500tonnes and from all Australian States and New Zealand.

Symphony Hill Wines from the Granite Belt received trophies for the Most Successful Queensland Exhibitor, Best Queensland Red Wine and the Dick de Luca memorial Trophy for the Best Queensland Shiraz as well as the Awards for Technical Excellence in Queensland Winemaking. The Best Queensland White Wine was awarded to the Mason Wines  2012 Cellar collection Chardonnay.

Shiraz figured prominently with three of the 4 Gold medals to Queensland producers awarded to shiraz wines – Symphony Hill 2008 reserve Shiraz, Pyramids Road 2012 Shiraz and Jester Hill Wines 2010 Touchstone Shiraz.   Eleven Silver Medals and 44 Bronze were awarded to Queensland producers.

 Pictured Don and Tom accept Dick de Luca Trophy   on behalf of Symphony Hill Wines

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Efforts of Viticulture Pioneers Acknowledged

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prebenA special presentation of the Samuel Bassett Award by the Queensland Wine Industry Association was made to Calvin Winks and Preben Jacobsen at the ASWS presentation dinner. The recipients were named at the recent Queensland Wine Awards but this dinner enabled the presentation to be made in person. They were instrumental in the 70’s in  importing (with much legislative hassle) and trialling grape varieties for their suitability for the Granite Belt. The Award is given to persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the Queensland wine industry.

“The contribution of these gentlemen  truly reflects what the Samuel Bassett Award is all about and their efforts has been acknowledged at long last” said Jim Barnes, President of the Queensland Wine Industry Association.

Pictured Preben Jacobsen and Calvin Winks (right)

Sirromet wins Gold at Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna

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Sirromet Winadamchapmanes has won two gold medals at the 2013 Austrian Wine Challenge in Vienna for products in its Le Sauvage ‘wild yeast’ range made from Granite Belt fruit.

The Queensland company’s gold medal-winning wines were a newly-released 2010 Le Sauvage Shiraz Viognier, and a 2009 Le Sauvage Chardonnay.

The competition in Vienna attracted 12,299 entries from 39 countries…

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Queenslander Shines in James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge

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peter mcGlashanRidgemill Estate 2012 Chardonnay is in good company being awarded 94 points and a regional winner in the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge. This show attracts the best chardonnay wines from all over the country. Granite Belt was one of only ten regions in Australia that had wines scoring 94+.  Winemaker Peter McGlashan has produced some fine wines over the years with this wine also being named the Best White Wine in the 2013 Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland Wine Show and receiving a gold medal at the recent 2013 Queensland Wine Awards. The wine is an elegant style with good balance showing excellent use of oak.

Ballandean Estate Big Winners at 2013 Qld Wine Awards

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1238142_599622403421720_991126775_nThe Ballandean Estate 2012 Saperavi  was awarded the Trophy for the Champion Alternative Variety Red White and went on to be awarded the Champion Wine of the Show.  Ballandean Estate NV Liqueur White Muscat was awarded the Champion Fortified Wine.

Adding to these were trophies for  Queensland Viticulturist of the Year, Angelo Puglisi, Queensland Winemaker of the Year, Dylan Rhymer, and Queensland Winery of the Year.

A very happy Leeanne Gangemi  (pictured) collected the awards on behalf of the team at Ballandean Estate Wines.


Other trophy winners were Hidden Creek – Champion Mainstream White Variety- 2011 Chardonnay, Mason Wines -Champion Mainstream Variety Red Wine – 2012 Shiraz and Robert Channon Wines – Outstanding Wine of Provenance – Reserve Chardonnay.


1238097_599622193421741_267736043_nSupporter Awards went to Tony Harper (Brisbane News) -Most Supportive Press Media Commentator, Steve Leszcnzski (@Qwine) (pictured) – Most Supportive Social Media Commentator,  Queensland Wine Centre – Most Supportive Retailer and South Bank Regional Flavours -Most Supportive Community Event.

Well done to all the trophy and medal winners.

View full results of the 30th Queensland Wine Awards


Outstanding success at Australian Small Winemakers’ Show

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This year’s Australian Small Winemakers’ Show in Stanthorpe received 1620 entries from around Australia and New Zealand. 42 Queensland wines were entered in the show. An impressive set of judges, headed by Mike Farmilo from Boar’s Rock in McLaren Vale, looked at 49 classes and awarded 857 medals (more than 50% of all entries).

The Queensland success story of the show was the haul of medals and trophies awarded to Golden Grove Estate with 5 gold medals, 2 silver medals and 7 bronze medals. The winery was awarded the Trophy for Most Successful Queensland Exhibitor. The 2009 Tempranillo was awarded the Best Queensland Red Wine and the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc the Best Queensland White Wine.

And that’s not all – Golden Grove Estate was named the Champion Small Winery of the Show.

Golden Grove Estate is a family owned and operated winery located at Ballandean on the Granite Belt. Father and son team of Sam and Ray Costanzo undertake the roles of viticulturist and winemaker respectively with Grace responsible for the smooth operation of the cellar door. For the second time in recent years Ray received the Award for Technical Excellence in Queensland Winemaking. Golden Grove Estate concentrates on alternative varieties with Durif, Mourvedre, Nero D’Avola and Tempranillo receiving gold medals at the show

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Congratulations to the Wine Committee of the Stanthorpe Agricultural Society who conduct such a well organised and well respected wine show and provides Queensland producers with the opportunity to benchmark their wines against wines from wineries of comparable size from throughout Australia (and New Zealand).

Sirromet wins GOLD in Vienna!

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Sirromet is proud to announce that they have just won two gold medals in the 2012 Austrian International Wine Challenge!

Officially the biggest recognised wine competition in the world, we are excited to have brought home a gold for our 2010 Signature Collection Chardonnay and 2009 Private Collection LM Assemblage, along with 5 silvers and 2 seal of approvals for wines from our Signature Collection and Limited Edition Le Sauvage ‘The Wild’ ranges.

Sirromet’s chief winemaker Adam Chapman said “These gold medals in Austria, show once again that Sirromet and Queensland can produce wines capable of holding their own on the world stage.”


Queensland Wine Awards 2012

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29th Queensland Wine Awards 2012

Wine industry persons and supporters of the Queensland wine  industry gathered at 66 on Ernest, South Bank Institute of Technology in Brisbane to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of individuals and wineries. Presentations were made for champion wines in various categories. Guests were treated to a delicious three course dinner complemented with -of course – fabulous Queensland wine.

” The Wine Awards is not just about the wines; it’s also about the people and the wine businesses that work so hard to produce quality grapes and wines and to provide quality service and experiences for wine consumers.” said Jim Barnes, President of the Queensland Wine Industry Association.  He went on to say ”The Queensland Wine Industry Association is committed to conducting a bigger and better Queensland Wine Awards in 2013″.

The previous day about 200 wines from various Queenslnd wine regions were judged by  panels of experienced judges- including David O’Leary (O’Leary Walker Wines), Adam Clay (Penfolds), Tony Hooper (Orlando Wines) and Wendy Cameron (Brown Brothers). These interstate judges have had vast experience at wine shows throughout Australia.

Adam Clay (Penfolds) commented ” The gold medals in this show would hold their own at any capital city show – against the finest in Australia”

Trophy winners

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Golden Grove Estate – Big Winners at the 2012 Queensland Wine Awards

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Golden Grove Estate – Big Winners at  the 2012 Queensland Wine Awards

Trophies for Queensland Viticulturist of the Year, Queensland Winemaker of the Year and Queensland Winery of the Year will adorn the cellar door of Golden Grove Estate in the Granite Belt.  And yet another trophy was received  for the Golden Grove Estate 2010 Durif (Champion Alternative Variety Red Wine).  Talented winemaker Ray Costanzo received Gold medals for 2012 Vermentino, 2010 Shiraz, 2010 Tempranillo and 2010 Durif,  Silver medals for 2009 Semillon, 2010 Malbec, 2011 Barbera and 2011 NeroD’Avola and Bronze medals for 2011 Durif and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.  Sam Costanzo as viticulturist can take the credit for working the vineyard to produce the grapes for these successful wines.

The Champion Mainstream Variety Red Wine was the 2010 Jester Hill  Wines Touchstone Shiraz which went on to win the Champion Wine of the Show.

Others trophy winners were Heritage Estate 2009 Semillon (Champion Mainstream Variety White Wine) and Ballandean Estate 2012 Viognier  (Champion Alternative Variety White Wine and Champion Wine $20 and under)

The Outstanding Wine of Provenance was awarded to a set of chardonnays from Robert Channon Wines- these were the Reserve Chardonnay 2005, 2007 and 2009.

The Queensland Cellar Door of the Year  trophy was taken out by Somerset Valleys’ Ocean Views Estate in a very close competition with Sirromet (Brisbane), Ballandean Estate Wines (Granite Belt) and Jester Hill Wines (Granite Belt).

More results from the 2012 Queensland Wine Awards