Picking grapes at Sirromet

Sirromet Wines began its 2014 vintage harvest this week and expect to crush 500 tonnes of grapes from its Queensland vineyards over the next three months.

Chief winemaker Adam Chapman said Chardonnay and Cabernet varietals from Sirromet’s Granite Belt vineyards are stand-outs for quality this season with good leaf and upright growth on the vines.

“At this stage we think our total yield (500 tonnes) should be similar to what we crushed the previous vintage, despite different growing conditions,” he said.

Adam Chapman, Sirromet Chief Winemaker

Sirromet harvested its first fruit from the new vintage last Sunday when five tonnes of red Chambourcin grapes were picked from vineyards at the company’s headquarters at Mount Cotton, near Brisbane.

The fruit was hand-picked by more than 80 Club Sirromet members.