Friday, June 5, 2009

Wine with Latitude

STOP PRESS... vinegar and verjus supremo LiraH has just picked their Nebbiolo grapes a whole four days after the official start to winter in Stanthorpe.

No vinegar here, this variety LiraH will be bottling as wine - I'll drink to that! Founder Ian Henderson says these are probably the last Nebbiolo grapes to be harvested in the Southern Hemisphere this year. In Barolo (Italy), the ancestral home of Nebbiolo they pick “Christmas Day” Nebbiolo. Ian heard of this so in 2005 he left the fruit on the vines till June, harvested it and made a dry red wine.

Ian makes the Nebbiolo in collaboration with Warren Smith of Pyramids Woad Wine. The fruit's distinct characteristics come from the Granite Belt region's latitude - it's northerly situation provides plenty of Queensland sun to enable the fruit to ripen fully. Get the full story on You Tube or the website

If you are in Brisbane on Saturday 13 June you can taste LiraH and other great Granite Belt produce at Regional Flavours at South Bank 10am-3pm.