Taking a bit of time out from our tour of Bordeaux, here is a quick wine tasting report from the weekend of a vineyard in the Granite Belt in Queensland.
On the weekend we resumed the wine trail and drove the short distance to the top of Mt Tamborine and visited with Witches Falls vineyard. They have debuted their 2007 range of Reds and a vast array of their local Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
With Durif still growing, one gets the sense that they are about ready for a real renaissance in the Granite Belt and at Witches Falls in particular. Although the critical praise hasn’t quite arrived as yet (most vintages still rating in the low 90s from names like Halliday and company) the wine is gaining momentum and winning a few awards.
While at the vineyard and cellar door, we tasted the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the 2006 Prophesy Cabernet Sauvignon of which we bought two bottles for cellaring and later consumption.
The former (2007) was very young and fresh with a nice variety of fruits and tannins and would make for easy drinking now and for the medium term.
The latter (2006) reserve was a real surprise, a dark horse if you will, with a very subtle but complex undertone and a pleasant aftertaste. We’d like to say that the balance (perfect) and length were more restrained and deeper (less fruits, more oak). The two wines seemed to be in different leagues, and we are left to wonder at just how much more complex the reserve will get with age. Hence, the purchase of two bottles.
You can visit the cellar door whilst marvelling at the view west from Mt Tamborine daily from 10 am – 4 pm and they are located at 79 Main Western Road, North Tamborine QLD 4272.