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. — 3 years ago

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Lucas Estate

Dry Rosé 2017

Strawberry, or cranberry or plum, tangy — 5 years ago

Symphony Hill Wines

Petit Manseng 2016

Tasted at Symphony Hill Wines whilst roaming the Granite Belt today.
One of the stand outs on their list.
— 6 years ago

Mason Wines


Delicious, crisp, easily drinkable. Enjoyed very much — 4 years ago

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. — 4 years ago

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This is a new one on me...
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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.

Symphony Hill Wines

Barrell Fermented Gewürztraminer 2017

Lychee bomb!!!! 💣
Reminiscent of flat Passiona.
Tasty and drinkable.
— 4 years 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. — 4 years ago

Twisted Gum Wines

Pink Moscato 2019

Absolutely love it ❤️ — 5 years ago

La Petite Mort

Granite Belt Shiraz

Delicious - Sweet, deep and textured — 5 years ago