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Summer 2020

Well, here we are at the start of summer with a heatwave! Our good rain and La Ninia seem to be missing in action as well, but surely must return - so we are irrigating until then (thanks for filling the dams at last, Hughie!). We've finished clearing up the dead trees left by the drought and are now trying to strike cuttings to replace the vines that died then too. It's been a very busy time here since we were allowed to open our doors for tastings again, with a large influx of visitors since early June but now slowing pre-Christmas. We have come through our Annus Horribilis with the promise of a good season for the 2021 Vintage, and hope is all around us.

Covid-19 Update … Government regulations have made life unpredictable for all of us for some time now so an 'update' is subject to the series of further updates that are given to us unexpectedly. Currently we are allowed to be open for tastings and are part of the government's Covid plan, which means social distancing and sanitation rules. We've been able to work with this and offer visitors something like the usual experience, but appointments have been necessary to cater for the increased number of visitors. If you are coming to Ballandean it's a good idea to ring and make a booking at least when you arrive here. Thank you to all those visitors who have been here since we were allowed to open again. It has been wonderful to see the usual faces and welcome the new ones too, and to have life restored to something like our old way. Let's hope this continues to change for the better and we build new memories, but to everybody all our good wishes and thank you for your support during this difficult time - especially for all the initial mail orders that were so vital to keep us going..

Events. Well, who is brave enough to plan any? The Magnificent 7 event scheduled in Brisbane for October had to be cancelled as our wine stocks have been depleted by the lack of a 2020 Vintage - and who knows what restrictions are around the corner as well? Sadly,our Shakespeare event is now cancelled too. Stanthorpe Little Theatre hopes that King Lear will still be performed at a later date yet to be set, but probably next year at a different venue. After 15 years of fabulous performances here at Bungawarra it seemed timely for me to bow out too. I've enjoyed them all and made some wonderful friends along the way, but age has now become the decider. SLT has a website which they will probably update about all this, or you could contact Chris Desgrand at cjdesgrand@skymesh.com.au - apart from being a fine actor playing the lead, Chris is also the director and a committee member who will be the most uptodate.

Current Releases ... The 2018 Malbec and the 2018 Paragon are now released and selling really well as expected. Both are young but advanced beyond their years, with deep colour and flavour. The 2016 Shiraz has sold out too, but a worthy 2019 replacement is now released. The 2018 Gewurztraminer has been a runaway success too with its 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 sold very well through winter. I think it's our best ever.

Specials ..A new red special, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is $170/dozen (plus freight). - soft, flavoursome and young from the wet 2017 vintage, only 11.6% alcohol and a good luncheon wine served chilled which is slowly maturing to a fuller style. Our white wine special is still the 2019 Foundation Chardonnay at the new price, $150/dozen . Lovely and flavoursome,with a decided aromatic lift that is unusual in a Chardonnay.

Christmas now looms on the horizon and we'll all be super active over the next few weeks (some of you may be planning to recover here in the quiet of the bush!). But it's the time to enjoy family life too, and to recharge the batteries with some good will to all. Thank you once again for the marvellous support you showed us when we needed it most. Have a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

And many 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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