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Autumn 2018

The 2018 Vintage is now over and we are really pleased with the results as we start the winemaking/bottling process. As expected, we had a smaller crop than last year's but we have some wonderful quality to compensate. The season ended well, with warm dryish weather through March allowing thorough ripening for the reds and a consequent richness already apparent in the barrel. An explosion of autumn colours around us now and such a satisfying season behind us - yep, time to raise a glass and celebrate!

I am happy to announce a new face at Bungawarra too, my new offsider Tom Battle, well known in the area as a talented winemaker with considerable show-judge experience. Tom started here last spring and has been a big part of this vintage, fitting in easily and contributing many of his skills. He hasn't been able to control the weather or the birds so far, but I reckon he's quietly working on it.!

The Magnificent 7 ... Seven like-minded winemakers from the Granite Belt (including me) have formed a marketing group to promote each other to visitors, and to carry the message of our wine quality to those who dwell in lands beyond. We are all boutique winemakers who do everything from growing our fruit to bottling the finished wine. Visit us, take a map and follow our trail, while enjoying some of our region's best wine. The Seven: Bungawarra, Casley Mt Hutton, Girraween Estate, Jester Hill, Pyramids Road, Ravens Croft Wines and Robinson's Family Vineyards .

Current Releases ... The 2013 Malbec has become the new star in my firmament. Huge, rich aromas and flavours that explode on your palate The 2014 Shiraz is now all gone and is succeeded by the 2016 Shiraz, a most worthy replacement The 2016 whites have achieved their own stardom too: the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay, and the 2016 Cerinova just getting better each day. The 2017 Thomas Semillon and 2017 Foundation Chardonnay have now replaced their 2016 predecessors and are similar in style. And of course the 2017 Gewurztraminer is still my pride and joy after two lean years where we had insufficient fruit to make one. My best yet - dry, delicate rose fragrances and spicy flavours.

Strange Birds ... Most visitors are familiar with the Strange Birds concept by now. Several Granite Belt Wineries have organised an Alternate Wine Trail so that you can sample wines made from the rarer grape varieties. Bungawarra grows Gewurztraminer and Malbec grapes which fit that category, so come and try them. Get a map while you're here to visit the other wineries, or go to http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/pages/strange-bird/

Shakespeare under the Stars ...Last year's play - Macbeth – was a real hit. Many of our young cast from the year before lined up again (with a little help from our regular older performers) and took my breath away. To think two 18 year old high schoolers could do justice to the complex characters of Macbeth and his lady! It's so rewarding to see the enthusiasm of our older members catching on to the young ones, to see them awaken to the magic of the Bard. The future for the Stanthorpe Little Theatre has never shone so brightly and our greatly missed actor/director, the late Veronica Hammond, would have been so proud! She started it all, 13 years ago, and it's quite a legacy. The next play hasn't been decided yet but I will be announcing it soon on this page and in future newsletters.

Specials ... I need room for the new reds which were bottled early this year, so the 2017 Malbec with friends, is now our new red special at $130/dozen (plus freight). Malbec 50%, Cabernet 25%, Shiraz 25% - a soft, flavoursome young wine, only 11.6% alcohol and a good luncheon wine which will slowly mature to a fuller style. The new-released 2017 Foundation Chardonnay is back as the white special, $130/doz . (plus freight). Both are very good value.

So here we are with the cold weather upon us and the vineyard taking a rest while we attend to the usual influx of visitors. Planning a visit? Come and enjoy what we have to offer on the Granite Belt - good wine and dining, and always the rugged bush country and national parks. Cold nights, frosts, warm days and that glass of red as you watch the sun setting and wait for the brilliant night skies to unveil! Now who'd want to be anywhere else?

Cheers, Jeff Harden

Sunset at Bungawarra, April 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Below: Son Thomas and his bride Danielle,

married at Bungawarra June, 2012
A wonderfully happy day for Bungawarra!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Above: 2012 APPLE & GRAPE FESTIVAL - Penny & Tricia at the Bungawarra Tent with
the lovely "Colours of Rio" Latin dance troupe

Left and below:: Bungawarra's Wine Tent at the Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Festival, March 2010
(Penny & Tricia in command)

Synchronised pouring moment.....

 











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