Star Cellar Door
A short drive from the Brisbane CBD towards the Gold Coast and you will find the hilltop wine estate Sirromet, a 225-hectare property with views over Moreton Bay. It was founded by local businessman Terry Morris who was determined to prove to the doubters that Queensland could make great wine. Their vineyards are mostly located on the Granite Belt. One of the first tasks winemaker Adam Chapman had was to obtain his chopper license to cut down on travelling time. The main estate has a 10-hectare exhibition vineyard.
As well as a state of the art winery, Sirromet has a first-class restaurant Lurleen’s run by highly regarded local chef Andrew Mirosch, together with more informal dining at their Tuscan Terrace with outdoor seating for 400. The cellar door facilities offer Devonshire teas, vineyard platters and coffee, seven days a week with a more substantial menu from Wednesday to Sunday. There are premium tastings from Thursday to Sunday. Sirromet also has a children’s playground, novelty golfing, a working worm farm and top accommodation in the grounds at Merlot House. Visitors have the opportunity to take advantage of tours of the estate and winery. Live music is offered on the weekends. To all this, they have added an extensive wine education program in the form of the international WSET certificate, under Chapman’s direction.
There are very few operations to be found anywhere in Australia that offer anywhere near as much for visitors. KEN GARGETT
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2013 Sirromet Le Sauvage Chardonnay, A$89