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Snow on the Granite Belt July 2015

Snow on the Granite Belt   It was a frosty white morning on Friday (17th of July 2015) as a heavy blanket of snow covered the region. The last major snow event of this magnitude was in 1984. But in the years between there has been some light snow every seven or so years. Even one snow storm in November a most unusual day. The Granite Belt has a unique climate with frosty winter mornings and mild summers with sunny and colourful autumns. As a comparison take a look at Bordeaux and Margaret River compared to the Granite Belt in temperatures below.   Temperature                               Average...

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Chardonnay Finished Fermentation

After whole bunch pressing the chardonnay this year we then proceeded to ferment the wine three ways. One like chablis with no oak on lees in tank, another like burgundy on oak. And a third batch of heavier pressings. The pressings and burgundy style batches have been fermented without yeast addition while the chablis batch was inoculated with a french isolate yeast. The three styles should give some fun options when blending in the next few months. We should have the wine ready in July. cheers

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Qld Wine Pioneers Awarded

The first ever couple awarded for their outstanding contribution to the Queensland Wine Industry recently at the Brisbane RNA Wine Show were John and Heather Robinson from Robinsons Family Vineyards. Usually this award is given to one individual but Heather and John have worked as a team for over 36 years establishing their winery on the Granite Belt. They were pioneers of the Queensland Wine Industry when they introduced wine grape varieties into the state in 1969 and planted their vineyard at Ballandean. They chose the granite belt region for the sole purpose of making premium wine. John always had a love for wine; he worked in France, and Heather shared his passion because it was in her blood. (Her...

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