VINTAGE: Winery owner Angelo Puglisi picking the grapes for his sauvignon blanc.
VINTAGE: Winery owner Angelo Puglisi picking the grapes for his sauvignon blanc. Contributed

Ballandean wine a 'great white'

BALLANDEAN Estate released its 30th vintage of semillon sauvignon blanc on November 12.

Angelo Puglisi, estate owner of Queensland's oldest family owned and operated winery, planted his first semillon vines in 1973.

He was excited by the possibility of the Granite Belt's warm days and cold nights delivering intensely flavoured fruit for wine.

The ensuing success of the semillon vines encouraged him to plant sauvignon blanc vines in 1985.

A wine pioneer, Angelo's vinicultural vision has delivered 30 vintages of delectably crisp, zesty wine.

"Our 2018 vintage is spectacular - rich citrus, stonefruit and passionfruit notes with an acidic spine and delicious limey finish.

"Ballandean Estate has been making semillon sauvignon blanc for 30 years and this is reflected in the finesse demonstrated in the blending and the quality of the fruit grown from mature vines,” said Ballandean Estate patriarch Mr Puglisi.

"SBS's Battle of the Vines recently searched for an Australian 'Great White' under $20. Two wines were blind profiled by a tasting panel made up of WA and Queensland wine industry professionals and the general public.

"Our 2017 Granite Belt Semillon Sauvignon Blanc by Dylan Rhymer stood up against Faber Vineyard's 2017 Swan Valley Verdelho by John Griffith. The wine judges described it as beautiful, herbaceous, lime and lemon with tropical fruits -impossible to decide, with voting a dead tie.

"It's such a great food wine. The beauty of semillon sauvignon blanc is its versatility. Our 30th vintage is a match made in heaven for fresh Queensland seafood - Moreton Bay bugs, Hervey Bay scallops or a sand crab lasagne bianco.

"You can also pair it with Asian cuisines, hard and soft cheeses, mild curries, salads, fish and chicken dishes,” he said.

Mr Puglisi's remarkable legacy has been celebrated in a book , The Father of the Queensland Wine Industry - Angelo Puglisi, by Tom McSweeny.

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