Friday 7th September 2018: Recently appointed Sirromet Wines Director of Vineyard and Winery Operations, Mike Hayes has this week been awarded Queensland Winemaker of the year at the 35th Annual Queensland Wine Awards. Sirromet also brought home a Gold medal in Innovative Wine Styles for their Sirromet Amphorae Chardonnay, Silver for the 2013 Le Sauvage Chardonnay and Bronze medals for the 2016 Late Harvest Pinot Gris and NV Sunwine.Based at the wineries Granite Belt vineyards, Mike Hayes joins Sirromet with 39 years professional wine industry experience across 16 wine regions, 4 states and 2 countries and joins current Chief Winemaker, Adam Chapman, to further develop vineyard management strategies to continue to produce exquisite Granite Belt wines recognised on the world stage.“I am incredibly proud to have received this award, a recognition of my achievements and commitment to my craft. Both Adam and I share a passion for wine education, winemaking and the pursuit of excellence in our fields. I am very excited about being part of a company leading, innovation and style within the industry and am thrilled to already add to the impressive 900+ medal tally Sirromet holds.” Said Sirromet Director of Vineyard & Winery Operations Mike HayesHand-picked, crushed and wild fermented on skins in clay amphorae utilising ancient techniques, Adam’s unique Amphorae Chardonnay is a labour of love and true expression of Chardonnay. Utilising fruit from block 7 of Sirromet’s Seven Scenes Granite belt vineyard, the unique egg-shaped amphorae allows low convection or movement of lees producing an exceptional wine with layers of white peach, nectarine skin, almonds, ripe red apple and citrus acidity with a waxy creamy finish.“The concept for this wine began in 2011 and was inspired by techniques used in Northern Italy. After several smaller trials, I am incredibly proud with the end result. Limited stock remains as one of our Japanese clients purchased majority of this vintage exclusively for their fine dining restaurant in Tokyo. I am now working on subsequent vintages for release soon” Said Sirromet Chief Winemaker Adam ChapmanBoth Mike and Adam look forward to working together, experimenting with emerging varietals, along with precision viticulture techniques, ultimately producing a broader range of ultra-premium wines for everyone to enjoy.-Ends-Sirromet Winery:2014 Amphorae Chardonnay – Limited availability. Contact winery direct.Le Sauvage 2013 Chardonnay ($89 per bottle) – Recently awarded Most Voted White Wine and Best Buy White Wine in the Best Wines of the World competition 2017 – Available for purchase online at sirromet.com2016 Late Harvest Pinot Gris ($47 per 375ml bottle) – Available for purchaser online at sirromet.comNV Sunwine ($47 per 375ml bottle) – Available for purchase online at sirromet.comVarieties being harvested from Sirromet’s three vineyards located in Ballandean, within the Granite Belt wine region are:SEVEN SCENES, BALLANDEAN (52-ha): Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit VerdotST JUDE’S, BALLANDEAN (25-ha): Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Cabernet SauvignonNIGHT SKY, BALLANDEAN (23-ha): Chardonnay, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, ViognierSirromet has 97 wine tanks on-site at Mount Cotton with a total capacity of 2.16-million litres. The largest tanks hold 120,000-litres eachSirromet’s extensive range of wines are available for tasting at their Mount Cotton Cellar Door, recently awarded Star Cellar Door in Gourmet Traveller WINE Australia’s Best Cellar Door awards 2018.Sirromet has won a total of 914 international and national wine awards since opening in 2000. The wines are sold in Australia, China, Japan, Taiwan and recently the USA.The winery is owned and was founded by Gold Coast businessman Terry Morris. In addition to vineyards, Sirromet’s winery headquarters at Mount Cotton includes production, bottling, and packaging facilities, barrel rooms, cellar door, Restaurant Lurleen’s, administration centre, worm farm and waste recycling plant.SIRROMET WINES: 850 Mount Cotton Road, Mount Cotton, Queensland 4165. Tel: (07) 3206-
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