Winemakers popping champagne corks at triple victory

WINNERS: Wine maker Mike Hayes and assistant wine maker Tom Battle celebrate the three trophy victory with Bridie Bush (left) and sister Charlotte Bush.
WINNERS: Wine maker Mike Hayes and assistant wine maker Tom Battle celebrate the three trophy victory with Bridie Bush (left) and sister Charlotte Bush. Contributed

GRANITE Belt winery Symphony Hill Wines has been awarded three trophies at the 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show.

Their 2013 gewurztraminer was awarded Best Other Single White Varietal of Show Trophy and Best Queensland Wine of Show Trophy.

They were also awarded Most Successful Queensland Exhibitor of Show Trophy - the fourth time in the last five years.

Late last year the 2013 gewurztraminer won top gold at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and was rated five stars by James Halliday.

Owner of Symphony Hill Wines Ewen Macpherson said: "It is an amazing wine - It has jazz hands! The aromas of Turkish delight and lychees just rocket out of the glass like no other wine.

"With those sort of aromas many people tasting it for the first time think it is going to be a sweet wine but then they discover it is a beautiful dry wine with musk and spice on the palate.

"It is simply sensational when matched with spicy food.

"At our cellar door, where people get to sample our whole range of wines, it is our most popular white variety."

Winemaker Mike Hayes was over the moon when he accepted the trophies at the trophy presentation dinner.

"This is a career highlight - I have a great team that invest so much into the winemaking at Symphony Hill and this is wonderful recognition of their efforts," he said.

"You never stop learning in this game and it is great to see success for not only our mainstream varieties like shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, but also critical acclaim for our alternative varieties.

"This is the first time a gewurztraminer has ever been awarded a national trophy - you beauty."

Mike Hayes was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research alternative grape varieties in Europe last year and also gained valuable insights into how to add more texture to white wines.

"We have other exciting wines being released shortly to our wine club members including lagrein, nebbiolo, fiano and petit manseng.

"It is exciting to see the wine landscape of Australia changing as people discover new exciting grape varieties."

Topics:  granite belt winemaking

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