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Sirromet wins two categories at Queensland Lifestyle Awards

Sirromet Wines and its on-site Restaurant Lurleen's both emerged category winners from public voting at The Courier-Mail Queensland Lifestyle Awards in Brisbane.

The eight category winners were announced at a presentation function at Mirra in Fortitude Valley, and results were determined by public voting from 5–24 February.

Sirromet's wines claimed the honours in the category for 'Best Queensland Product'.

Restaurant Lurleen's, located at the winery's headquarters at Mount Cotton, won the 'Best Restaurant' category.

Sirromet Chief Winemaker Adam Chapman said winning the 'Best Queensland Product' category was significant because voting results reflected public endorsement of the quality of the company's wines.

"We have won gold medals from expert wine judges in competitions in Australia and overseas, but what makes this award so special is the public voted us number one," said Chapman, who attended the presentation function and accepted the award.

"Since opening in 2000 we have aimed to produce quality wines and voting in these awards confirms the public think we are heading in the right direction. This is great news."

Sirromet's wines, which include a newly-released 2007 820 Above Pinot Gris, are mostly made from fruit sourced from its 150-hectares of cool-climate vineyards at 820-metres altitude at Ballandean on Queensland's Granite Belt. The company has a further 12-hectares of vines at Mount Cotton.

"I've always said 80-percent of good wine is made in the vineyards, and the quality of our Granite Belt fruit allows our winemaking and viticulture teams to achieve the consistency you need to drive consumer confidence," said Chapman.

In 2007 Sirromet won 11 medals in overseas wine competitions, including two at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, while in Australia the company's 2006 Petit Verdot sparkling claimed a gold medal and trophy for 'Best Sparkling' wine at The Courier-Mail Sofitel Brisbane Queensland Wine Awards in December.

Restaurant Lurleen's Executive Chef Andrew Mirosch said winning the 'Best Restaurant' category at last night's awards was memorable because of the high level of competition from other dining establishments.

Mirosch, who heads a team of 15 chefs and apprentices who prepare 1,800 meals weekly, said a point of difference for diners at Lurleen's was the 220-seat restaurant overlooked Sirromet's vineyards, and out to Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island.

"There is a 'WOW' factor with the view, plus our customers can combine the dining experience with wine tasting at cellar door before or after their meal," said the seven-times American Express Gold Plate winner.

Sirromet is owned by Gold Coast businessman Terry Morris. The company's wines are available from cellar door at the winery, and in more than 800 bottle shops, restaurants, hotels, and resorts in Queensland, and nationally via the Beer Wine Spirits (BWS) liquor chain.

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