Wednesday 11th December 2019: Marking the 40th anniversary of winegrowing for Sirromet Wines, Director of Viticulture and Chief Winemaker Mike Hayes, Sirromet unveils an all new organic, vegan-friendly, wine collection representing an exciting new vision for the future.
The Tempo Verita collection encompasses Hayes’ lifelong ambition to grow wine varieties best suited to reducing the impacts of climate change.  In time and truth, the inaugural collection includes emerging European varieties Vermentino, Fiano, Lagrain, Saperavi and Montepulciano.
“We are indeed fortunate to have Mike on our team. His passion, commitment, enthusiasm and knowledge have been harnessed to produce this exciting range of emerging grape varietals” Said Sirromet Owner and Founder Terry Morris “I would like to congratulate Mike on his astonishing achievements and significant influence in the Australian wine landscape thus far. The release of this collection marks a new chapter for Sirromet, furthering our commitment to the Australian wine industry in producing premium wines and educating consumers of emerging varieties better suited to our current climate” Said Sirromet General Manager Rod Hill
“Having worked at over 14 wineries, consulted on over 100 vineyards and designed nearly the same amount around the world, never did I imagine 40 years later that I would have a wonderful career in the wine industry meeting men and women of such approbation.” Said Sirromet Chief Winemaker Mike Hayes
Hayes is well known and respected in the industry, holding a Masters of Viticulture, current president of the Queensland Wine Industry Association, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern Queensland, wine judge at the Australian Small Winemakers Awards and was awarded the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology (ASVO) Winemaker of the Year in 2017. Also whilst on a Churchill Scholarship in 2013, Hayes visited 50 wine regions and tasted 650 grape varieties throughout Europe.
Hayes 40th anniversary celebration and the official launch of the Tempo Verita collection took place with special guests in the Barrel Hall at Sirromet Winery on 11th December. Guests were treated to a spectacular 5-course degustation lunch prepared by Sirromet Executive Chef Mathew Fulford, perfectly matched with this inaugural collection, marking this momentous occasion.
Solidifying both Mike and Sirromet’s pursuit of excellence in producing premium quality wines for everyone to enjoy, the collection is crafted to be easy drinking, lower alcohol, unoaked, food and consumer friendly. All grapes are organically grown and vegan-friendly, appealing to a broad audience and following an increasing global trend in plant-based food and beverages.
Consumers can purchase each varietal individually from the Sirromet Cellar Door located at Mount Cotton or online at www.sirromet.com, with each bottle packaged in a birchwood cylinder ideal for gifting. The Vermentino and Fiano will retail at $45 per bottle and Montepulcino, Lagrain and Saperavi each $55 per bottle. Alternatively, the full 5 bottle inaugural collection is available for purchase in a timber gift box, retailing for $255 each.
Famous for its minerality texture, the Vermentino exhibits mouth-watering flavours of lemonade fruit and citrus, perfect for the Queensland climate. Whereby, referred to as the ‘grape of the ancients’, the Fiano has a stylish palate of ripe stone fruit, nectarine and nashi fruit, wrapped in a sublime waxy texture enhanced by refined acidity.
Hayes describes the Lagrein as exhibiting rich ripe complex flavours including dark chocolate and crushed berry fruit driving through a palate of silky – smooth tannins. The exotic aromas of Saperavi are a stand out with seamless fruit integration of spicy plum and ripe brambly fruit, harmoniously supported by delicate ripe tannins. Lastly, the voluptuous Montepulcino delivers mouth-filling flavours of boysenberry and cherry ripe, all assiduously wrapped in deer horn like velvet tannins with soft acidity.
  -Ends- Sirromet Winery: Sirromet’s headquarters at Mount Cotton offers 3 restaurants onsite; newly opened glamping accommodation Sanctuary By Sirromet, Wine & Spirit Education Trust Courses Level 1 to Level 3 for wine and Level 1 in Sake, Supagolf course, home to ‘A Day on the Green’ concerts, weddings, winery tours and Cellar Door for tastings.
Varieties 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 Verdot
ST JUDE’S, BALLANDEAN (25-ha): Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Nebbiolo, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
NIGHT SKY, BALLANDEAN (23-ha): Chardonnay, Verdelho, Pinot Gris, Viognier
Sirromet 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 each
Sirromet’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 2019.
Sirromet has won a total of 909 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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