Aaron Stephan examines the vines at Clovely Estate winery.
Aaron Stephan examines the vines at Clovely Estate winery. Contributed

South Burnett winery tastes success

SOUTH Burnett winery Clovely Estate has starred at the Queensland Wine Awards, collecting a swag of top prizes..

The winery collected a gold medal for its 2010 Semillon which collected the Champion Mainstream Variety White Wine of Show award.

Clovely Estate also won a silver medals for their 2014 Semillon, 2017 Semillon and 2012 Blanc de Blanc at the annual awards ceremony in Brisbane earlier this month.

Clovely Estate owner and managing director, Susan Mercer, said the region was the secret ingredient to the winery's success.

"We've always claimed that the South Burnett is ideal terroir for Mediterranean varietals, with its conditions very similar to the Hunter Valley, and our recent awards are really proving that,” Ms Mercer said.

"We are really proud to be able to put a champion local wine on the tables of Queenslanders and to be able to share it in Australia and overseas.”

The winery's success at the Queensland awards ceremony came less than a month after Clovely Estate achieved very high rankings in the nation-wide James Halliday Wine Awards.

Four Clovely Estate wines - the 2014 Saperavi, 2013 DP Shiraz, 2010 Blanc de Blanc and 2017 Semillo - scored more than 90 points from the judging panel at the awards ceremony staged in Melbourne last month.

The success comes after Clovely Estate relabelled its wines this year to reflect their quality and to evoke their South Burnett heritage.

The labels, designed by Brisbane branding consultants Lloyd Grey Design, feature specially commissioned artwork by Queensland printmaker Claudia Husband.

Ms Husband's brief was to capture the landscapes and terroir of the South Burnett; to celebrate the story of a place with rich agricultural traditions and a new role as the home of some of Australia's finest wines.

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