With 100 hectares under vine, Sirrromet’s vineyards are located in the high altitude of Queensland’s Granite Belt region. Situated 600-1500 metres above sea level and approximately three hours drive south west of Brisbane, “The Granite Belt is one of the most exciting wine destinations in the country” Max Allen, The Weekend Australian. The Granite Belt was formed by an ancient tectonic uplift that forced a significant Granite Mass 820m above sea level. Over time, softer rocks and soils have eroded, leaving a clearly identifiable Granite Plateau. Due to its elevation, this plateau experiences some of Australia’s coldest winters. The sub-zero temperatures cause water that has been absorbed in exposed granite boulders and rocks to freeze and expand, forcing mineral particles into the soil. This annual soil enrichment allows local vineyards and orchards to grow the highest quality produce with unique, rich flavours.
Summer in the Granite Belt
Touches of sunshine sweetens the grapes throughout the Summer season. During the ripening process, sugar levels rise and acidity drops while the grapes start to soften. Colour changes occur in the fruit, with more transparent whites and deeper reds. The cane also ripens, putting energy into the reserves for the next cycle of growth.
Autumn in the Granite Belt
A change into Autumn brings about the harvesting season. The timing varies from year to year and between grape varieties. When the grapes are picked will help determine the flavours and aromas of the wine. Harvesting in our vineyards is done in the coldest part of the day to prevent early fermentation while we transport our grapes to our Sirromet Winery.
Winter in the Granite Belt
During winter months we see very cold temperatures, it can get down to -11 degrees Celsius. The vineyards sit at an elevation of 760m to 860m above sea level. During the winter months we prune the vines to prepare them for the new growing season.
Pruning is done each year to remove the old wood and create new fresh wood for new buds to burst upon.
Spring in the Granite Belt
During spring budburst occurs across the vineyard. Pale green buds appear on the pruned vines, followed by unfurling leaves and later, flowering and fruit-set. The first vines to bud are Verdelho and Chardonnay which are located on our on our Night Sky Vineyard.
Our Vineyard team are busy at this time checking on the new buds and making sure the vines are ready for the season ahead.