Owner Ewen Macpherson and Winemaker Mike Hayes celebrating their win. Photo contributed
Owner Ewen Macpherson and Winemaker Mike Hayes celebrating their win. Photo contributed Andrew Backhouse

CHEERS: winery wins national award

IT'S hard to pronounce, smells of Turkish delight and lychees, and won the judges' praise.

In a major first for a Queensland winery, Symphony Hill Wines on the Granite Belt was awarded a national trophy for its 2014 gewurztraminer at the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

Their 2014 gewurztraminer was awarded Best Single Varietal White Wine.

Winemaker Mike Hayes was over the moon when he accepted the trophy at the presentation dinner.

"This is a career highlight that lifts Symphony Hill to yet another level.

"Trophies at national wine shows for successive vintages is rarely achieved by any winery."

Symphony Hill Wines owner Ewen Macpherson said it was an amazing wine with "jazz hands".

"The aromas of Turkish delight and lychees just rocket out of the glass like no other wine.

"With those sorts of aromas many people tasting it for the first time think it is going to be a sweet wine but then they discover it is a beautiful dry wine with musk and spice on the palate.

"It is simply sensational when matched with spicy food.

"At our cellar door, where people get to sample our whole range of wines, it is our most popular white variety."


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