Sirromet’s misleading Granit from the Riverland
Embarrassment corner. Actually, double embarrassment.
Some new wines have recently hit the market from Queensland producer Sirromet, which has vines in Queensland’s pre-eminent wine region, the Granite Belt. Its winery is just outside Brisbane at Mount Cotton.The winemaker, who no longer works for Sirromet, agreed that the name was misleading, but evidently, the matter was beyond his control.
Its new wines are branded Granit—which is the French word for, you guessed it, granite. A reference to the soil of the Granite Belt, we might assume. But no, these wines emanate from vineyards in the South Australian Riverland, where there is a rich resource of, not granite, but alternative varieties such as the saperavi and fiano found in these bottles. The labels don’t acknowledge the fruit source, just product of Australia.
A certain well-known wine magazine, giving the Sirromet Granit wines a free plug in a social media post, raved about them:
“…all exhibiting the unique ‘mineral’ trait often found in Granite Belt wines. A great starting point for anyone wanting to explore the offerings from this beautiful region.”
The range, all from the 2020 vintage and priced between AUD $26 and AUD $30, includes a vermentino, montepulciano and lagrein. The Real Review’s Aaron Brasher recently gave the saperavi a very strong review.
The winemaker, who no longer works for Sirromet, agreed that the name was misleading, but evidently, the matter was beyond his control.
So, what was it the magazine’s writer detected in all five of the Granit wines, if it wasn’t a granitic mineral influence?
We couldn’t begin to guess.