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Sirromet Wines to harvest first fruit from Night Sky vineyard

Sirromet Wines of Queensland will harvest fruit for the first time from its Night Sky vineyard at Ballandean on the Granite Belt during the 2007 Vintage, starting next month.

Initial vine plantings on the 23-hectares Night Sky vineyard began in December, 2003, and the first grapes harvested for wine will be Chardonnay and Verdelho.

The Chardonnay and Verdelho from Night Sky will be harvested in February and early March, along with the bulk of white fruit in Sirromet¹s three vineyards at Ballandean, which total 150-hectares.

"We've had good growth since Œbud burst¹ in September, and the Chardonnay and Verdelho at Night Sky have tight and big bunches," said Sirromet¹s Chief Winemaker and Managing Director Adam Chapman.

Apart from Night Sky, which is located on undulating topography, the winery¹s two other vineyards at Ballandean are Seven Scenes (102-hectares), and St Judes (25-hectares), all overseen by Granite Belt-based Vineyard Manager Mark Deegenaars.

³Weather conditions on the Granite Belt have been reasonably dry, and we have been irrigating the vineyards,² said Chapman.

³Ideally we would like dry, mild conditions between now and when Vintage starts, with no rain, hail, or extreme heat.²

Red fruit at Sirromet¹s Ballandean vineyards will be harvested from mid-March to late April. Cabernet Sauvignon from vines at St Judes will be harvested for wine for the first time.



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