The Royal Queensland Wine Show 2011 in July produced a host of trophy, gold, silver and bronze medal winners from Queensland-based wineries.
I went along to the exhibitors morning tasting to see what enlightenment there was. This is Queensland largest and most influential wine show for the year.
Here I have chosen to review the wines of the two trophy winners.
The trophy for most successful Wine Exhibitor went to the Eukey Road producer, Symphony Hill Wines, in Ballandean and collected by principal Ewen McPherson. His winemaker, Michael Hayes, had won him a gold and six bronze medals.
GOLD: Symphony Hill Reserve Gewurztraminer 2010 Granite Belt; 12.6% (USD 27.50); +++++; has pale colour and a voluminous nose, spice and lavender, heady stuff typical of traminer with punch as this has, taste is composed and long, spiced, dry and enlivening. Grapes are sourced from a high elevation New England vineyard.
BRONZE: Symphony Hill Reserve Pinot Gris 2010 Granite Belt; 12.6% (USD 33); +++; brassy colour which is normal, lots of pear and nice crunch, medium to full body, good flavour.
BRONZE: Symphony Hill Reserve Viognier 2009 Granite Belt; 14.9%; (USD 33); ++++; intense green, this is wild, it is heady with viognier highlignts-florals, ginger, spice, brute power of the ripeness, and tasting it just re-inforces the powerful bitter tangerine and oil flavours, big wine, drink with rich foods.
BRONZE: Symphony Hill Reserve Verdelho 2010 Granite Belt; 13.9%; (USD 27.50); +++; is good greens, big punchy papaya aroma, and a full flavoured palate, grapefruit, a clean whisp of flavour and a good lasting impression.
Symphony Hill also took bronzes with two reds: Reserve Shiraz Viognier 2009 and Reserve Petit Verdot 2009.
The Corrigan Scudamore-Smith Trophy for the best Queensland wine of the RQWS, judged by all interstate and international judges (11) was awarded to Ravens Croft Chardonnay 2009 from Stanthorpe.
GOLD: Ravens Croft Chardonnay 2009; Granite Belt; 13% (USD 33); +++++; fab pale colour, nose complete, some funk, complex mix of smoke, funk, citrus rolled into one, palate not obvious in fruit plumpness (at this level that is a fault), lots of derived flavours from the bottle, then lots of minerality and mild dryness. Good drink.
Peter Scudamore-Smith is a Brisbane-based Master of Wine, winemaker and educator www.uncorkedandcultivated.com.au