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Robinsons Family Vineyards

Curtin Rd, Ballandean 4382

Cellar Door: Sat-Wed (10-5); Thurs and Fri by appointment

Ph: (07) 4684 1216

robinsons family wines labelThe Robinson family have been the pioneers of the modern Queensland wine industry since taking ownership of their vineyard in 1969.

In 1971 John Robinson did a vintage with Max Lake at Hunter Valley's Lake's Folly and in 1974 released his first wine. His wife, Heather, is from the famous Salter family behind the Barossa's Saltram winery.

The first generation have now retired to run a B&B and the second cellar door on the Sunshine Coast between Noose and Eumundi. The Robinsons also have a regular presence at the Eumundi Markets which is where I normally pick up a bottle or two..

The second generation have taken over the Granite Belt operations. The third son, Craig, is the winemaker after working in South Australia, Western Australia and California

The varieties grown here include: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc - and more surprisingly Pinot Noir and Gamay. Lyra Church is second easy drinking range and includes: the Classic (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer), the Late Harvest white blend,the Noveau Red and The Brothers red blend.

The premium level Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have been the stand outs for me showing both vibrancy and impressive fruit depth and highlight the best traditions of the Granite Belt.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Robinson Family Merlot 2006

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, intensely flavoured blackberry and raspberry with liquorice, black olive, mint and fruitcake notes and a hint of spicy capsicum, quite satisfying and rich varietal expression without reliance on high alcohol (this is only 13%) or over-extraction, finely grained tannins with a dab of mocha-chocolate on the finish (****)

Robinson Family Lyra Church The Brothers 2007

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, this is an entry level blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz, ripe and spicy plum and redcurrant with mint and liquorice notes, medium bodied with soft tannins, a drink now BBQ wine (***)

Robinsons Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Robinsons stall at Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast ($26)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, vibrant and intense blackcurrant and raspberry with violet, menthol and chocolate features, medium bodied but very flavoursome, balanced mocha-coffee oak, some fine tannins and excellent length (****)

Robinsons Merlot 2005

Purchased: Robinsons stall at Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, intense blackcurrant, dark plum and raspberry with plenty of dark chocolate, quite flavoursome but is only medium bodied (13%), palate shows violet, fruitcake and mint notes with cinnamon, black pepper and clove spiciness, mocha-coffee and coconut oak with some grippy tannins and acid for long term cellaring, will need a decent decanting (****)

Robinsons Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Robinsons stall at Eumundi Markets, Sunshine Coast ($22)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, attractive melon, white peach and stone fruit, lemon butter palate is tightly constructed with seamless toasty vanilla oak, let down by a slightly hollow finish, needs a touch more acid (***1/2)

Robinsons Shiraz 2003

Purchased: CruBar, Fortitude Valley, Qld ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2007, rich blackberry backed up with lots of black pepper aromas, medium bodied and earthy palate is let down by some pruney and dead fruit features but also has pleasing spice and liquorice notes, sweet mocha-vanilla oak is well integrated, smooth tannins (***)