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Spring 2019

The excessively dry windy weather has continued through winter, so spring is not quite the same this year. Some things do stay the same though. It may not be as green as it usually is, but the fruit trees are in spectacular flower, the birds are busy building nests and creating the next generation, while the sounds around us are as cheerful as ever. When you listen to the magpies you know that it will rain again. And probably soon!! In the meantime we have enough water to start the season, but even with rain to follow it will be a low-crop year with small volumes but more intense high quality wine at the end. So far it has been a cool start to Spring and our visitors are enjoying perfect days for sightseeing.

The Magnificent 7 ... Seven like-minded winemakers from the Granite Belt 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. 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 . Soon it will be time for our BRISBANE EVENT!
Date: Thursday 24
th October, 2019
Time: 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Victoria Park Golf Club, 309 Herston Rd, Herston Qld 4006
Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BCTOA 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.
Current Releases ... The 2018 Malbec is nearly ready for release, probably in December, so till then we have a new king, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2019 Foundation Chardonnay has now been released and is doing my associate Tom Battle proud. The 2017 Reserve Chardonnay is about to be released – a big, buttery, rich golden wine.. 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. We have an Alternate Wine Trail, where 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. See also http://www.granitebeltwinecountry.com.au/pages/strange-bird/

Shakespeare under the Stars .A sad announcement. For the first time since 2005 we will have no performance this year. Othello was scheduled, scripts prepared, casting begun. Our lead has regrettably had to withdraw and there is no time to prepare an alternative. We will make up for it next year though. Get ready for King Lear, perhaps Shakespeare's greatest play. It'll be worth the wait.

Specials ...A new red special, the 2017 Shiraz which is $140/dozen (plus freight). - soft, flavoursome and young from the wet 2017 vintage, only 11.6% alcohol and a good luncheon wine which is slowly maturing to a fuller style. Our white wine special remains, the 2017 Semillon at the old price $130/dozen . A zingy wine, only 11.2% alcohol.

Spring is here, Summer is near. 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 2019







Below: Son Thomas and his bride Danielle,

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









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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