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Latest Harvest News from our winemaker

The season has now officially started. As many of you know, last month saw the harvest of the Mount Cotton vineyard which turned out to be quite a fruitful day. Not surprising, the fruit quality was good, as was the volume and weather, all these factors contributing to 7 tonnes of our Chambourcin fruit being picked by extremely passionate harvesters! There’s more exciting news for our vineyards here at Mt Cotton. We are in the process of planting a new variety in Block 4 called Moscato Giallo to replace the virus-infected and leaf-reduced vines. This variety’s thick skins and high levels of sugar make it a good candidate for air-drying which concentrates the sugars, leading to a lusciously sweet style of wine. The new vineyard will be planted next spring and will hopefully start yielding fruit 18 months from then. Last week saw the crushing of 30 tonnes of Semillon from the Burnett Valley for the Perfect Day Semillon Sauvignon blend. At this stage it’s displaying delicious cold tea, citrus, green apple and refreshing tropical fruit characters which are fermenting nicely in tank. As I write this, the Ballandean vineyards are in full swing! We are in the middle of picking Chardonnay for our Signature Collection Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 blend. Great news. Acids are looking good, and showing tight flavours, which has a lot to do with the somewhat cooler weather we had back in September, October and November of last year. This weather helps retain acidity and refine flavour profiles contributing to the grape’s ultimate sprightliness. This season, we will harvest approximately 20 tonnes of Chardonnay from our Night Sky vineyard Blocks 3 and 4 and then move onto the Pinot Noir from Block 45 of Seven Scenes. These grapes will all form part of our sparkling bases for the 2016 Signature Collection Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend, sure to be a firm favourite! Fortunately, our vineyards have been miraculously missed by the hail and heavy rainfall typical of this region during summer and are in good condition at this stage. Our soon-to-be-ready Verdelho varietal is looking to produce fruit with delicious green apple and tight wounded fig notes. In the next few months we’re looking forward to crushing and pressing all the fruit from our 3 vineyards, and aim to process approximately 600 tonnes in total. This equates to around 30 semitrailer loads of fruit, each holding 20 tonnes for an ultimate array of amazing wines for you to enjoy! Adam Chapman CHIEF WINEMAKER
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Sirromet wins Gold and Silver at international awards show

Queensland’s largest winery, Sirromet, has cemented its presence on the international wine scene, taking home nine Gold and Silver awards at the 2015 German International Wine Show and Austrian Wine Challenge. The latest award haul brings Sirromet’s tally to more than 800 prestigious national and international awards since opening its doors 15 years ago. Sirromet Chief Winemaker, Adam Chapman, credits the award win to the distinct soil, climate and vine balance exclusive to the Granite Belt region. “At 820m of elevation, Sirromet’s vineyards are planted in decomposed granite with deep clay sub-soils, allowing the fruit to gain great regional flavours unique to this part of the world,” he said. “The distinct flavour of the Granite Belt is exceptional and needs to be tasted to be believed. Fortunately for us, the critics think so too.” Sirromet is passionate about putting Queensland’s wine on the world stage – attracting more than 300,000 visitors to its winery annually. “The continued evolution of our wines is a credit to the craftsmanship of our winemaking and viticulture team,” Mr Chapman said. “Sirromet’s Granite Belt wine’s are world-class and a must try for anyone who appreciates a premium drop.” GOLD 2012 Sirromet LM Cabernet Merlot Petit Verdot – German International Wine Show 2012 St Jude’s Road Grand Reserve Merlot – Austrian Wine Challenge 2013 Le Sauvage Viognier – Austrian Wine Challenge SILVER 2012 Signature Collection Chardonnay – Austrian Wine Challenge 2014 Vineyard Selection Pinot Gris – Austrian Wine Challenge 2012 PC LM Reserve Assemblage – Austrian Wine Challenge 2013 SC Cabernet Sauvignon – Austrian Wine Challenge 2013 SC Shiraz Viognier – Austrian Wine Challenge 2009 SC Pinot Noir Chardonnay (sold out) – Austrian Wine Challenge Sirromet’s award winning wines can be purchased at Sirromet’s Cellar door and online at www.sirromet.com. For more information visit www.sirromet.com or call (07) 3206 2999.
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Sirromet in Full Swing

Construction has completed on the state’s first Supa Golf course at Queensland’s largest winery, Sirromet. Now, open for play, the site includes a nine hole course spread over 80,000 square metres at picturesque Mount Cotton, just a short drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Supa Golf is a modified form of golf with oversized clubs and larger golf balls, designed to be easier to play than the traditional game. Suitable for the whole family, including children as young as six, the course will have a walking distance of approximately 100 metres between holes, allowing players to complete nine holes in less than one hour. Sirromet Owner, Terry Morris, said the partnership with Supa Golf Australia is a first for Queensland and will allow the winery to add to its already extensive offering. “Sirromet currently boasts state of the art facilities for food and wine lovers and we’re looking forward to extending our offering with an unique approach to what is arguably one of the most loved sports in the world,” Mr Morris said. “We have set our sights on creating an outstanding Supa Golf course which will be fun and accessible for people of all ages. As Queensland’s number one winery we are always looking for new and innovative ways to lead the way. We expect our Supa Golf course to widen our appeal as it is ideal for families and a first for Queensland.” Pricing will range from $18 per adult to $13 per child (up to age 12), with loyalty cards available for regulars. Sirromet currently attracts more than 300,000 visitors annually and expects the new course to draw even more visitors to the region. The Supa Golf course is going to be a great asset not just for Sirromet, but also for Queensland tourism as a whole,” Mr Morris said. Supa-Golf-Brochure
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Sirromet’s 2015 Vintage Verdelho places Granite Belt firmly on the map

Queensland’s largest winery, Sirromet, this month released its 2015 Vintage Verdelho which has not only been heralded for its text book finish but looks set to encourage greater interest in wines from the Granite Belt region. Developed from the 2015 harvest, the Vintage Verdelho is light coloured, richly aromatic, medium-bodied and elegantly fruity. This latest vintage promises to get more people thinking about quality wines from the Granite Belt region, proving that Queensland has truly come of age in terms of producing vintage wines. Produced without oak or extended lees contact and filtered and stabilized early, allowing it to retain its freshness and essence of variety, Sirromet Chief Winemaker, Adam Chapman, credits the distinct characters of the 12th vintage to the location, soil, climate and vine balance. “At 820m of elevation, Sirromet’s vineyards are planted in decomposed granite with deep clay sub-soils, allowing the fruit to gain great regional flavours unique to this part of the world,” he said. “Both our white and red grapes matured evenly this year, enabling us to produce a good level of complex acidities, flavours and regional characteristics – resulting in a text book vintage.” Sirromet Wines began its 2015 vintage in early February, with the first crush being Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit from their Granite Belt vineyards, to be used for premium sparkling base. The following weeks saw the harvest of Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay white varietals. Featuring a balanced palate of custard apple, pineapple and tropical citrus fruit characters, the Vintage Verdehlo is a fresh, fruit-driven varietal that has a lovely crisp spinal mouth-watering acidity and is bone dry on the back palate. Sirromet is already attracting more than 300,000 visitors each year, putting Queensland’s wine on the world stage, and has collected an enviable 800 prestigious national and international wine awards since opening its doors 15 years ago. “The continued evolution of our wines is a credit to the craftsmanship of our winemaking and viticulture team,” Mr Chapman said. “Sirromet’s 2015 Vintage Verdelho is a must try for anyone who appreciates a first-class drop.”

Star Cellar Door Awards

Sirromet Awarded Staf Cellar Door by Gourmet Traveller Wine

TUESDAY, MAR 31:

Sirromet Wines Cellar Door has been named Star Cellar Door in Brisbane, in Gourmet  Traveller WINE’s annual Cellar Door Awards. Australia’s leading wine writers, including Mike Bennie, Peter Bourne, Tyson Stelzer, Peter Forrestal, David  Brookes, Jeni Port and Ken Gargett, traversed the country to check in on every wine region and determine the star cellar doors, best small and large cellar doors, best tasting experiences and who serves the finest food in  Australia’s diverse and evolving wine scene.

Establishments are judged on the quality of wine, staff knowledge and service, stemware, food, atmosphere,  venue, location and how these factors combine for the complete experience. “We are humbled to be recognised as one of Australia’s best Cellar Doors and strive to offer customers the complete winery experience” said Terry Morris, Owner and Founder of Sirromet Wines

“With award – winning wines, great food and beautiful surroundings, there is no better place to spend the day  than at Sirromet’s Cellar Door.”

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Cool Growing Season & High Elevation

Cool growing season and high elevation helps Granite Belt wine region flourish for 2015 vintage. THURSDAY 19TH MARCH 2015: Sirromet Wines began its 2015 vintage in early February, with the first crush being Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit from their Granite Belt vineyards, to be used for premium sparkling base. The following weeks saw the harvest of Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Chardonnay white varietals. Harvesting of red fruit has just begun, a little later than usual, with Petit Verdot for the red sparkling base crushed last week. “This year has produced a good level of complex acidities, flavours and regional characteristics, all very positive at this early stage of vintage” said Chief Winemaker Adam Chapman. “In comparison to McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, who have already completed a very early vintage this year, we will continue to take in Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet right up until Easter, demonstrating that elevation is more significant than latitude for determining cooler-climate ripening conditions in Australia”. Adam credits the Granite Belt’s distinct characters of pristine, floral, zesty white wines, and soft, elegant and spicy red wines to the location, soil, climate and vine balance. At 820m of elevation, Sirromet’s vineyards are planted in decomposed granite with deep clay subsoils, allowing the fruit to gain great regional flavours unique to this part of the world. The Granite Belt region is 50kms long and 20kms wide, with some of Australia oldest soils and rock formations. “With soil elevation being one of the most important features of world viticulture, it is nice to know that the Granite Belt will be at least 8°C cooler than Brisbane on any given day; this has to do with the rule that for every 1000ft increase in altitude there is a drop of 3°C in temperature. The average elevation of 2300ft within the Granite Belt helps dramatically with flavour development due to the cool of the late afternoon and cold nights, just like in Mendoza in Argentina, where some vineyards are grown at elevations in excess of 1700m,”Adam said. Chapman said Sirromet expected to crush a total of 500-tonnes of fruit from the 2015 vintage. Varietals being harvested from Sirromet’s three vineyards located in Ballandean, within the Granite Belt wine region are: SEVEN SCENES, BALLANDEAN (52-ha): Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot ST JUDE’S, BALLANDEAN (25-ha): Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon NIGHT SKY, BALLANDEAN (23-ha): Chardonnay, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Viognier As in past years, fruit harvested from Sirromet’s vineyards at Ballandean will be transported by a fleet of refrigerated trucks in a 220km/three-hour drive to the winery’s production site at Mount Cotton. The grapes are then unloaded and crushed early in the morning in preparation for fermentation of the new wines.