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Spring 2018

The buds are bursting into life after a long sleep through winter! Birds are nesting, flowersare opening and life is about to explode into the new growing season. Always a time of excitement and anticipation, with the beauty of Ballandean stretching its arms and awakening to embrace each morning.

My new offsider, Tom Battle, started here last spring and was a big part of the 2018 vintage, fitting in easily and contributing his many skills. He and I combined on many of the wines but he has two of his own among them, the current Rose and Moscato. Others will be released over the next few months and I reckon they're pretty impressive. He has added some more modern publicity ideas as well - so Bungawarra is now on Instagram!! I celebrated my arrival here as new owner on August 23. I've had 25 wonderful years here now, with much to celebrate and new friends who have made the journey so enjoyable. A few more to come! And thank you, Tom.

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 .

Special Event ... The Magnificent 7 are coming to Brisbane and the Gold Coast soon! Help us spread the word by inviting some friends along to a great night, introducing each of the Seven winemakers. You will get to try 28 top quality wines plus a range of Canapés, and receive a high-quality etched souvenir glass to remember the night by. Tickets are $70 pp.

GOLD COAST EVENT
Date: Wednesday 10 th October, 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm Venue: Rivea Italian Restaurant, 89 Surf Pde Broadbeach, Qld 4218
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/XMUQ
BRISBANE EVENT
Date: Thursday 11 th October, 2018
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Victoria Park Golf Club, 309 Herston Rd, Herston Qld 4006
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/XMWI

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, especially the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay. Our new Rose Noir has now been released - Tom Battle's first wine at Bungawarra and with a lovely deep, mysterious colour.The 2017 Thomas Semillon and 2017 Foundation Chardonnay have 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 ..This year we are returning 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) are having the time of their lives in rehearsals. This is going to be a sizzler!! Performances will be on two weekends, November 10-11 and 16-18 and start at 7:00 pm. Tickets $20 ($15 concessional). Come early, have a picnic and watch the sunset while we set up. Wine and cheese platters will be available too.

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

So here we are with the cold weather behind us and the vineyard coming into bloom. A little recent rain has started to make the place green again and the annual wonder of Spring is upon us. 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. 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 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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