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Wine Time in Granite Belt Country

Wine Time in Granite Belt Country

| On 07, Jul 2013

It wasn’t that long ago that Queensland’s wine making industry was little more than a footnote to Australia’s world renowned vineyard culture.

It wasn’t that long ago that Julia Gillard was the Prime Minister of Australia either.

The point is this: things can change quickly.

The Queensland wine industry has matured in recent years; as a result, local makers have been increasingly recognised as producers of very good wines.

Last weekend, I had the good fortune to travel west to Queensland’s Granite Belt district, the epicentre of the state’s burgeoning wine industry.

Keen to discover the best the region had to offer, I popped by Jester Hill Wines just ten minutes before closing time. Feature Image 2.0

The owners – Michael and Ann Bourke – were already settling down for their own evening aperitif. No matter, they warmly assured.

The area has always been fertile ground for the production of high quality wines. So what’s changed in recent years?

The wine makers themselves, Michael explained. Queensland is attracting better trained craftspeople now able to transform a good raw product into an even better drop.

Keen to test this claim, a selection of the winery’s vintages were sampled. The standout was the 2010 Touchstone Shiraz. With an alcohol reading of more than 15%, it was a rich, heady wine the colour of deep burgundy.

Though rarely a drinker of red wine, it impressed even me (several bottles were purchased).

It seems others feel the same. Last year, the Shiraz was awarded Champion Wine of the Show at the Queensland Wine Awards.

Looking for similar recognition last week, were the entrants at the 2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show.

With 1900 wines having been entered this year and with just 26 trophy’s up-for-grabs, the national competition was a hard fought one.

Wine Awards

Chief Judge this year was PJ Charteris of New Zealand’s highly regarded Charteris Wines; the winners were announced at the Royal Queensland Wine Show Gala Awards Dinner on Friday.

Taking out this year’s top prize, The Courier-Mail trophy for Grand Champion Wine of Show, was the Shingleback D Block Reserve 2010 – a Cabernet Sauvignon.

No doubt the very best Australian wines were flowing freely that the evening.


What Jester Hill Wines

Where 292 Mt Stirling Rd, Glen Aplin QLD

When The Cellar Door is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The Jester Cafe is open from 11am – 3pm Monday to Friday

More info visit the Jester Hill Wines website or call 07 4683 4380

What Royal Queensland Wine Show

When Winners announced Friday 6 July and published here.