V17 – Australia is Go
Vintage is in full swing for Konpira Maru. It all kicked off on Australia Day/Invasion Day up in the South Burnett Region of Queensland. If you don’t know where that is, think Kingaroy (the home of peanuts and Joh Bjelke-Petersen, who was also a peanut) and the Yowie. Well to be exact the cockless Yowie, cockless due to the proclivity of local bogans to repeatably castrating the poor Yowie statue in Kilcoy.
South Burnett is a ridiculously beautiful part of the world, hot sure, but a nice dry heat. Not the humid heat that Queensland gets unfairly dismissed for. Oh and another thing, the place is full of epic old school Queensland pubs. Oh, and one more thing. It produces bloody awesome grapes, including the mighty and mysterious Saparavi. This variety has red skin and red flesh, loves the heat and has tannin on tannin. Tick! They do a good Semillon, and we love Semillon. So an absolute no brainer region for Konpira Maru.
Our base was Clovelly Estate in Murgon who have set up their winery in the historic South Burnett Co-Operative Dairy Association Factory.
The place is labyrinthine and just an awesome place to be. We set up in the barrel hall that looked over beautiful open woodland, just made for epic winemaking. And epic wines we made. We’ll be back with a full description when the labels are done.