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Saturday 12 March 2022

Queensland wines that break the mould


Meet a new range of Queensland wines that deserve to be taken seriously. Aficionados should check out the new Storm King range before it sells out.

This trio of Granite Belt wines are small batch (less than a 1000 bottles of each), hand-crafted and use both old wold and new world winemaking techniques.

Storm King is the personal label of talented winemaker Ray Constanzo and his wife Jen, and the wines come beautifully packaged with eye-catching labels, wax capsules and Diam corks. All are individually numbered.

Costanzo is known as the winemaker for Ballandean-based family business Golden Grove, which dates back over 30 years and produces some outstanding wines in its own right.

Storm King was founded last year and is named after the area of the Granite Belt where Ray and Jen live.

The wines have extended contact with skins and undergo natural ferments, hand plunging, basket pressing and minimal filtration. But fear not. They taste terrific.

The initial range - all from 2021 - comprises one white; a dry, textural vermentino with nuances of pear drops, a very solid shiraz malbec blend using fruit from 50-year-old vines, and the star of the show, a mataro graciano blend that sings. 

I shared some of this wine with friends who are serious players in hospitality and they were blown away.

This is a hand-picked field blend of 80% mataro and 20% graciano that was wild fermented and left on skins for 112 days. It was basket pressed and then matured in French oak for three months.

Try a bottle. It just might change your mind about Queensland wines forever.

The wines are $55 each, or $135 for a three-pack. Move quickly.

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