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Autumn/Winter 2017

The Magnificent Seven Ride Again!

It's incredible that the last newsletter was in spring last year, but it has been a very busy season. The beautiful rain in spring set us up for a near record crop, which needed a lot of attention. The rain kept coming at perfect intervals, the brief heat wave we had in late January was easily handled by irrigation (dams were full) and we harvested our excellent whites from mid-February to early March. Then the rain wouldn't stop. Wet, wet, wet ... with a cyclone to finish the month. We were picking the reds in gumboots. All over now, but some challenging winemaking needed to get there. An exhausting time and a long season because of the large crop. Worth it though, and good to relax a little now. It will be a very good vintage.

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. Our first two events in Brisbane were so successful we did another, at Tattersalls Club last November, so it's becoming an annual event. Next one to be announced. On your next trip to the Granite Belt, too, visit us all and see what we have to offer. I'm sure you will enjoy the experience. The Seven: Boireann, Bungawarra, Casley Mt Hutton, Girraween Estate, 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 2016 whites are heading for their own stardom too: the 2016 Foundation Chardonnay, 2016 Reserve Chardonnay , 2016 Thomas Semillon and the 2016 Cerinova just getting better each day. The Thomas is an earlier picked style, only 10.5% alcohol and full of citrus flavours. The Cerinova is bone dry this time and full of the Gewurztraminer flavours and character that made the 2015 so popular, so make sure you try this one next time you're here. The very popular 2013 Paragon is now finished but replaced by its 2014 successor – medium bodied, excellent flavours but not as spicy.

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 ...Our last play - All's Well that Ends Well – was a real hit, the all-female cast doing a wonderful job. Special mention should be made of the young ones who really stepped up to the mark. The future for the Stanthorpe Little Theatre is shining brightly. The next play hasn't been decided yet, but may well be one of the major tragedies as we've pretty much covered the comedies after 11 seasons of The Bard. More advice when available, but it will probably still be staged in early November

Specials ... I need room for the new reds when they are bottled later this year, so the 2015 Shiraz/Cabernet is now a super special price at $99/dozen (plus freight). It's a soft, flavoursome but young wine, only 12.3% alcohol. The 2016 Foundation Chardonnay is back as the white special, $120/doz . (plus freight). Both are very good value.

So here we are with Autumn/Winter upon us and our busy season for 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, warm days and that glass of red as you watch the sun setting and sit around the fire! 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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