Granite Belt, Queensland

Golden Grove Estate

Vermentino 2020

This won the Trophy for the best White Wine at the Toowoomba Wine Show last weekend and went on to win Champion Wine of the Show. Colour is very pale lemon. Notes of green Apple - skins and flesh, also Lime. The palate has quince and mandarin notes - quite unctuous and fleshy on the palate - low acid and medium plus intensity. Even though the winery is in the Granite Belt/Ballandean the fruit is from Chalmers Vineyard in Mildura in Victoria. The 2020 vintage in Ballandean was probably the most challenging on record with droughts, fires and record low yields. As a result, no Vermentino was harvested at Golden Grove Estate. — 5 months ago

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Tobin Fine Wines

Luella Plum Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

I had the 2017 vintage on 30 March 2020 at home. Solid, very drinkable. — a year ago

Ballandean Estate Wines

Messing About Estate Grown Granite Belt Saperavi 2013

Inky black in colour. Dusty and savoury. Tastes European - made from the little known and ancient Saperavi grape which originated in the former Russian state of Georgia. Ballandean Estate at Stanthorpe , the Granite Belt, have been growing Saperavi successfully for some years now. Dusty cherry/plum flavours with much savouriness. Barb loved it. — 6 months ago

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Topper's Mountain Vineyard

Gewürztraminer 2015

Textbook Gewurtztraminer from the unlikely New England area near Tingha, an hour or two’s drive south of the Granite Belt but made by Mike Hayes in the latter. Aromas and flavours of Lychees and Turkish Delight with moderate acid and great length. Was a perfect match with Smoked Cod. I usually have a Pinot Noir with richer fish dishes and I had opened a cracker with the 2009 Bass Phillip Premium as well to compare but the Gewurtz was the better matchup. — a year ago

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Ron R

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This is a new one on me...
Bob McDonald

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@Ron R This is a rare label Ron. Only discovered it a few years ago when I was judging at the Toowoomba Wine Show. The owner of Toppers Mountain, Mark Kirkby, is purely a grape grower or viticulturist who sends his fruit to Mike Hayes at Symphony Hill at Ballandean who makes the wine for him. Sadly for Toppers Mountain the recent bushfires have scorched his vineyard, cost him about $500K he said with a lot of time and work to recover.
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Hey @Bob McDonald, thanks so much for the insights. I hope one day to taste this juice - it reads like a real pleasure to drink. I need to get back to my Aussie wines. It’s more challenging to get the stuff off the beaten track here in the US.

Twisted Gum Wines

Pink Moscato 2019

Absolutely love it ❤️ — 2 years ago

Mason Wines


Delicious, crisp, easily drinkable. Enjoyed very much — 9 months ago

Just Red Wines

Granite Belt Tannat 2015

Another obscure red variety from the south of France like the Durif from a few days ago this isTannat although some researchers say it may have originated in the Basque Country of northern Spain which could be correct as it was taken to Uruguay where it has enjoyed the warmer climate there, similar to Malbec flourishing in Argentina. I first tried this wine in 2016 at the Toowoomba Wine Show where I found it extremely tannic. 4 years of cellaring since then has served this wine from the Granite Belt well. It is another dense black winter wine showing Blackberry and tarry notes with Raspberry and Vanilla. Rich and full bodied with stern tannins but not as tannic as 4 years ago. Barb who doesn’t normally like big reds very much liked this. This wine has now won 3 Trophies in its Show career winning the Champion Alternative Variety Red Wine at the 2016 Queensland Wine Awards. — 9 months ago

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If you want to experience tannat look for Chateau Montus and wait 30 years otherwise you will need a new set of teeth 😀
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Thanks Hannibal, I will keep that in mind.


Vineyard Selection Granite Belt Shiraz 2017


ブリスベン近郊クイーズランドのシラーズ。シラーズというよりボルドーの赤のニュアンス。少し温度が低くても苦味が少なく、汎用性が高い approximately 3,000 — a year ago