Ridgemill Estate operates from the Granite Belt in Queensland, about 3 hours drive from the Brisbane CBD. in the past its felt like the Brisbane wine scene owed the local product some sort of sympathy vote.
But no more. This is for real.
A ripe, full bodied set of smells – milk chocolate and coffee grounds, cola, black olives, wintergreen. All good things, if hinting at something heavyweight and ripe, which is clearly not the case. This is in a nice groove. Ripe red and black cherries, plum skin, touch of cola and some sawn pine, which I think are Tempranillo tannins. All touched with redcurrant acidity. Lovely length and persistence, leaving behind fine boned tannins to close out. Like this a lot. Great direction for the Granite Belt to go. Food friendly and versatile across a range of red meats from smoky BBQ to roasts. 89/100, bronze medal standard easily. No need for any local product bonus.