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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Golden Grove haul in the awards

            BIG WIN: Ray and Sam Castanzo show off their haul of awards from the 2014 Queensland Wine Awards Photo Contributed GOLDEN Grove winemaker Ray Castanzo says the winery’s impressive haul at the 2014 Queensland Wine Awards is due to the hard work the whole team put in year after

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Sirromet Wines boss declares war on Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc

Daily Wine News 28/03/2014 Sirromet Wines owner and founder Terry Morris has declared war on the tidal wave of New Zealand-made Sauvignon Blanc flooding Australian markets. The Gold Coast-based businessman is urging fellow Queenslanders to help turn back the invasion by switching to locally-produced Verdelho as an alternative white wine. “It is time for us...

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Confessions of a Wine Tragic

ADRIAN Tobin’s picturesque vineyard has run at a loss from the day he bought it 14 years ago. “It’s true, we haven’t turned a profit yet,’’ he said, shrugging philosophically.  “It cost us $3000 a week last year to prop it up. Some tell me I’m bloody mad. “I’m just a wine tragic.’’   Tobin, 72,

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Evolution of the Granite Belt wine region

Queensland’s Granite Belt is one of Australia’s most interesting regions, on the face of it much too far north to produce high quality grapes. That it is able to do so is explained by its altitude, over 800m. Its principal viticultural challenges are spring frosts and growing season rainfall of over 500mm – two-thirds of

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Early Start to Granite Belt Harvest.

The Granite Belt’s grape harvest is underway about three weeks early, thanks to the hot weather that has baked Australia this summer. The southern Queensland grape producers might have missed out on the smoke taint damaging grapes in the southern states, but they have had a tough season this year, with hail and frost damaging

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