Wines and Tasting Notes
Across Australia,this was a devastating year. Record flooding and record rainfall mde it a very difficult vintage in many wine areas. Ambar Hill is cmmitted to producing premium fruit and premium winesan 2011 was not the year for this. No wines were produced.
An excellent year producing good fruit. Ambar Hill produced its signature white blend of Chardonnay and Verdelho.
Chardonnay Verdelho 2010
A blend of equal quantities of Chardonnay and Verdelho. They were hand picked and fermented together. The win continues th dry, fruit driven style of this blend from our vineyards. It is something of a signature blend for the granite Belt. It a a huge fresh pineapple and passionfruit nose and lovely big fruit flavours - but is actually feremnted very crisp and dry. A fantastic and elegant summner alternative to the now ubiquitous sauvignon blanc.
We had devastating hail storms on Christmas day. As fruit was lost or damaged we have made only a Cabernet.
This may be released in 2012.
Very late harvest, very high baume. It was fermented in a mixture of French and American oak. The fruit was outstanding and the use of good oak should produce another great wine.
* Gold Medal Class 9 New England Wine show 2009
* Trophy for Best Young Red Wine of the Show New England Wine Show 2009
In 2008 we produced our first chardonnay as a single varietal. We strongly believe that the Granite Belt is capable of producing some of Australia’s best chardonnays. The grapes were excellent, hand picked and sorted. The wine was fermented in new French oak barrels and has just been bottled.
* Commendation, International Wine challenge, London 2010.
* Australian Small Winemakers 2010 Class 3: Bronze
* New England Wine Show 2011 : Bronze
Chardonnay Verdelho 2007
A blend of equal quantities of Chardonnay and Verdelho. This is the first year they were picked separately, with the Verdelho picked 2 weeks later than the Chardonnay. They were fermented separately and blended after the first ferment.
This wine is much lower alcohol content than previous vintages reflecting an earlier vintage and the effects of frost at flowering. This was a smaller vintage but the wine is elegant with strong fruit flavour and some austerity.
Queensland Wine Awards 2007 Bronze
Australian Small Winemakers Class 18 2008 Bronze
New England Wine Show 2008 Bronze
Cowra Wine Show 2009 Class 76 Bronze
Again a very late harvest. The wine has just been bottled. We are letting it settle before release.
· Wine State Magazine 5 stars
· New England Wine Show 2008 Bronze
· Queensland Wine Awards 2008 Bronze
· Winestate Magazine best of 2009 Annual 2010 Edition
The Samuel Bailey 2007
A reduced crop was effected by both the extremely cold start to the season with snow and frosts in November, then stressed by the drought. However, it has produced intense flavours. The wine was fermented in new French and American oak barrels purchased specially for this premium wine. It has just been bottled.
* Winestate Magazine: Best of 2009 Annual Edition 2010 4.5 stars
* Queensland Wine Awards 2009 Bronze
* Australian Small Winemakers Class 44 2008 Bronze
* New England Wine Show 2008 Silver
* Cowra Wine Show 2009 Class 76 Bronze
* Wine State magazine 4 1/2
* Cowra Wine Show 2010 Class 34 Silver
* Australian Small Winemakers 2010 Class 45 Silver
Stirling Mountain Vintage 2007 Fortified Shiraz
We picked a small quantity of very ripe shiraz late in May for a vintage fortified shiraz. It is outstanding as is about to be bottled for release over the next 2 decades.
* Australian Small Winemakers 2009 bronze
* New England Wine Show 2009 Class 19 bronze
Chardonnay Verdelho 2006
A blend of equal quantities of Chardonnay and Verdelho picked and fermented together. The 2006 vintage is a little drier in finish than the previous vintage and perhaps even more elegant.
Australian Small Wine Makers 2006 Silver
Queensland Wine Awards 2006 Bronze
Cairns Wine Show 2007 Bronze
Australian Small Wine Makers 2007 Silver
Queensland Wine Awards 2007 Bronze
New England Wine Show 2008 Best of Class
Queensland Wine Awards 2008 Bronze
Picked very late - on 17 April – perhaps one of the last Shiraz pickings in Australia. It was very ripe with luscious fruit with high baume but the ferment left a little residual sugar. We debated its future, as it is totally out of character for us - but decided to bottle anyway because of the wonderful fruit. It has produced a cool climate wine with a voluptuous taste leaving a slightly sweet finish. A wine for the mistress not the wife. James Halliday described it as “over the top” and he was right. But it still received a medal at its only show outing. And, it sells remarkably well.
* Queensland Wine Awards 2007 Bronze
The Samuel Bailey 2006
The first of our Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot. Good colour, nose and palate that needs more bottle age. Quite tannic finish that will soften with time.
* Australian Small Winemakers 2009 Bronze
Chardonnay Verdelho 2005
A blend of equal quantities of Chardonnay and Verdelho picked and fermented together.
Verdelho is a Portugese variety that is producing outstanding fruit driven wines in the Granite Belt.
The wine was fermented dry, but has very good fruit flavours.
The wine has passionfruit and pineapple nose typical of chardonnay and Verdelho.
Extremely elegant cool climate shiraz with great fruit flavours and over all balance. Described by wine writer Tony Harper as having “a seamless, plush texture..” and “irritatingly” cheap at $17. Brisbane news praised it’s “Rhone like qualities”
The only Queensland wine in Courier Mail’s list of best Australian wine for including in a wine cellar. We agree – try cellaring for up to five years and we will advise if it needs to be consumed.
Listed on many Queensland restaurant and hotel wine lists.
Queensland Wine Awards 2007 Silver
Royal Agricultural Society of Qld 2009 Class 10 Bronze
Queensland Wine Awards 2009 Silver
Excellent colour, and the nose shows typical shiraz flavours. It was fermented in stainless steel to keep the fruit flavours and was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. It has a good oak fruit balance. Screw closure.
Best mature red at New England Wine Show 2006