Top Granite Belt wines to try

By Halliday Promotion

9 Jan, 2019

Think Queensland is too warm to make cool wines? Think again. The Granite Belt has a cooler climate thanks to its elevation, as well as an incredibly diverse range of grapes in the ground. Get a taste of the region's wine styles here.

Ridgemill Estate Chardonnay 2017

2017 Ridgemill Estate Chardonnay

Winemaker says: the fruit was hand-picked, destemmed, and fermented in tank and barrel (using new and old oak). The wine has aromas of sweet, spiced nectarines with hints of grapefruit. There are flavours of ripe stone fruit on the supple palate, with touches of guava and lemon butter, and the finish is long. Recently awarded 95 points and a gold medal at the Queensland Wine Awards.

RRP $35 | 2023 | Ridgemill Estate

Summit Estate Queensland QC Cabernet 2016

2016 Summit Estate QC Queensland Cabernet

Winemaker says: a blend of cabernet, carmenere, merlot and petit verdot. Exuberant aromas of blackberry, blueberry and cassis underpin the vibrancy of regional purity. Sophisticated dark fruit flavours meet silky tannins that provide a dark chocolate character. Well supported by balanced acidity. Trophy winner at the Queensland Wine Awards.

RRP $65 | 2025 | Summit Estate

Sirromet Le Sauvage Chardonnay 2013

2013 Sirromet Le Sauvage Chardonnay

Winemaker says: fruit flavours of grapefruit, green apple, and citrus combine with toasty almond notes and a subtle creaminess, delivering a long palate that balances fruit, oak and acidity. Gold medal winner in the Mundus Vini and UK International Wine Challenges, and voted Best White Wine in the World by

RRP $89 | 2023 | Sirromet

Hidden Creek Tempranillo

2017 Hidden Creek Tempranillo

Winemaker says: its vibrant purple hue precedes a firmly structured wine, with tannins and oak seamlessly woven through a palate that springs to life with juicy dark cherries. Awarded 95 points and a gold medal at the Queensland Wine Awards.

RRP $40 | 2022 | Hidden Creek

Heritage Estate Old Vines Shiraz 2017

2017 Heritage Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz

Winemaker says: Our 60-year-old vines at Ballandean produce this beautiful shiraz, with black fruit and liquorice aromas, spice and tannins that deliver richness and texture, and a long finish.

RRP $35 | 2040 | Heritage Estate