Queensland. Not the first state of Australia that comes to mind when you think of wine production. Certainly if you have the right soils and climate why shouldn’t you be able to grow grapes for wine production?
The Clovely Vineyard is located in the South Burnett region of Queensland, More famous for Kingaroy and peanuts, the area is well inland (approx 2.5 hours NW of Brisbane) and obviously benefits from hot days and cool nights and relatively low humidity. Large diurnal ranges can be very good for grape production and the region is situated on the Great Dividing Range, so also enjoys a little bit of elevation too. Soil is Basalt over Limestone which also bodes well.
Smells herbal & minty at first. There’s some cigarette ash, blood and mocha, chocolatey oak. More than a hint of McLaren Vale, but without the plush red fruits. A little over-ripe plum does drift through the savoury. Medium bodied with more red fruits and plums, chocolate and a little hollow in the middle. I was expecting very ripe jammy fruit, not the savoury qualities that are coming through.
14% Alcohol, high but not ridiculous, but there’s something that burns. The acid seems out of kilter. I tend to notice acid on my teeth and this really tingles. I wonder if it’s the wine just going through a “stage?”
The Granite Belt usually gets the glory when it comes to established wine production for the state, but just maybe, South Burnett is a name to watch.
Source: Sample from Clovely Estate