Catch it while you can! Ballandean Estate celebrates cellar door opening with Malvasia vintage release
Ballandean Estate is launching its second vintage of Malvasia at the cellar door this weekend. The 2019 vintage is a truly rare alternative wine, with only 65 cases produced this year at Ballandean Estate, and less than 200 Australia-wide. Demand will outstrip supply quickly, as last year’s first vintage sold out within weeks and received rave reviews from wine critics.
A word on Malvasia from our Master of Wine Peter Scudamore-Smith
- Malvasia 100%, Ballandean Estate single-vineyard fruit
- Dry, medium bodied, bouquet of melon and pear with hints of French oak, mellow and smooth finish
- RRP $30
- Alc/Vol 12%
- Colour – green straw
- Cellaring potential – drink now
- Winemaker – Dylan Rhymer
- Viticulturalist – Angelo Puglisi
Why people are falling in love with Malvasia at the cellar door
According to Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi, fourth-generation family vigneron,
Ballandean Estate’s 2018 vintage was the first Malvasia to be released on the Granite Belt. Originating in Croatia, and widely grown throughout northern Italy, the fruit for 2019’s Malvasia vintage was magnificent, with big, loose bunches of fruit on the vines, berries medium to large, yellowish with thick skin, juicy flesh and stone fruit characteristics. Set to thrive on the Granite Belt, Malvasia has a good tolerance of cold winters, early frosts and windy sites.
In 2015, Angelo Puglisi planted one acre of Malvasia on the Ballandean Estate vineyard. 2017’s vintage yielded just 20 litres, an experimental batch. 2019’s vintage was picked in March after an optimal growing season.
Queensland’s 27th Strange Bird™ Malvasia will be available for tasting and sale at the cellar door and for sale online.
For all media enquiries please contact: Robyn Puglisi-Henderson or Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi
Ph: (07) 4684 1226 Robyn@ballandeanestate.com