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Autumn 2019

Well, autumn colours surround us and another vintage is over. Mother Nature wasn't kind to us this year so it was a difficult one -a hot, windy summer with only 6 mm rain between mid-December and mid-March, the driest in living memory. We had just enough water in the dams to last till we picked, but it was an early vintage and had us a bit worried. The whites, however, are surprisingly good and the reds in barrel look promising, so with a sigh and a smile we can now relax and enjoy the cooler weather. Some rain fell in March and we now have a greener landscape to ease the memories of the last few withering months. The wildlife survived well enough too, but the birds now have something to sing about.

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 .

Magnificent 7 Event! ... What is becoming our annual wine-tasting event in Brisbane will be held at Victoria Park, Herston, on October 24. A fun tasting of several wines from each of the wineries, with a steady supply of canapes and other cocktail food. It's a great venue with easy parking. Tickets are $70 each and are now available at https://www.trybooking.com/BCTOA

Current Releases ... The 2013 Malbec has now finished its stellar career but will live in the cellars of many for quite a few more years. Our next is not ready for release yet so we will soon have a new king, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 Foundation Chardonnay will be released soon when the 2017 is finished but the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay is still available. Our new Rose Noir has been a great success - Tom Battle's first wine at Bungawarra and with a lovely deep, mysterious colour. 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. Young Tom has created a new blend, the 2000 Millennium Liqueur Muscat from our old reserve stock, and this is now released too. I think it's our best ever.

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 we returned to our first production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, not just for sentimental reasons but because it is such a great, funny play and is particularly suited to an outdoor production. Our predominantly young cast (with a few older hands) had the time of their lives. It was a sizzler!! This year's play hasn't been decided yet but we'll do our best to top that one and I'll post it on this page when it's announced.

Specials ...The 2017 Malbec with friends is now finished and is replaced by the 2017 Shiraz at $140/dozen (plus freight). - soft, flavoursome and young, only 11.4% alcohol and a good luncheon wine which is maturing to a fuller style. We have had a change for our white wine special now too, the 2017 Semillon being the new one at the old price $130/dozen. A zingy wine, only 11.2% alcohol.

The cold weather is about to begin in earnest and we are as usual expecting an influx of visitors. Planning to come too? 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. Cool nights, 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 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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