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Summit Estate

391 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah, 4377

Cellar Door: Daily (10-4.30)

Ph: (07) 4683 2011

View of Summit Estate vines from cellar door balcony (photo:genxywines)
wine label

Summit Estate is the brand associated with the Stanthorpe Wine Co consortium (a group of about 10 wine enthusiast families).

They run the Stanthorpe Wine Centre which acts a wine education centre, retail for theirs and other Granite Belt wineries and a 50 tonne wine-making facility.

The wine-maker since 2002 has been Paola Cabezas Rhymer. She is Argentinean born, and has worked in Spain, France and Argentina. Her husband is Dylan Rhymer, the winemaker at Ballandean Estate.

The first 2 acres of vineyard was established in 1997 but has expanded to 10 acres. A wide range of varieties have been trialled to work out what would work for the location. Excluding the experimental block the current range of varieties include: Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Verdelho, Monastrell (Mourvedre), Viognier, Tempranillo, Pinot, Chardonnay, Marsanne, Malbec and Muscat of Alexandria.

An existing fruit and vegetable packing shed was converted into the cellar door. In 2007 a more intimate group wine tasting room, La Cava, was opened. Accommodation for up to 10 people is available at the Pinot Noir House.

Skipper for our Granite Belt tour, Lisa, at Summit Estate cellar door (photo:genxywines)
Winemaker, Paola Cabezas Rhymer taking Graham and Lisa on a tour of the winery, this is the La Cava tasting room (photo:genxywines)
Paola letting us sample the freshly picked Monastrell and Tannat grapes(photo:genxywines)
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)

New reviews

Summit Estate Tempranillo Reserve 2016

Purchased: Not ($40)


(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, aromatic and pristine black cherry and raspberry with blueberry, anise and bay leaf notes, medium bodied, minerally and savoury with persistent but very fine chalky tannins and cocoa-dark chocolate oak  (****1/2)

Summit Estate Vermentino 2016

Purchased: Not ($30)


(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2017, vibrant lime and pear with dried herb and white flower notes, wet pebble minerailty, persistent briny phenolics and crunchy grapefruit acidity (****)

Summit Estate Verdelho 2013

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Kawana, Sunshine Coast ($18)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, brightly flavoured and floral lime sherbet, lychee and honey dew melon with cucumber and citrus blossom notes, has good line and length by varietal standards, chalky phenolics and good acidity (****)

Summit Estate Verdelho 2011

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Kawana, Qld ($16)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2012, fairly dry and structured by Verdelho standards showing honeydew melon, passionfruit, cut grass and lemon sherbert, structured around a long chalky spine of tangy grapefruit rind acidity, fine talcy texture (****)

Summit Estate The QC Margaux Collection Queensland Cabernets 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, this elegant blend also includes Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec, perfumed, very long and shapely core of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with mint, spice and violet notes, the medium bodied palate is infused with minerality and fine powdery tannins, the dark chocolate and cedar oak is well balanced, good physiological ripeness in an high altitude area where Cabernet sometimes struggles for ripeness (****1/2)

Summit Estate Alto Spanish Collection Tempranillo 2009

Purchased: Cellar Door ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, perfumed and pristine, deep set layers of black cherry and dark plum with olive and leather notes, supple and medium bodied with rich regional minerality, dark chocolate-cocoa oak, silky fine tannins, the Rioja-like clarity of the fruit almost lifts this to five star status but it would be further improved by slightly firmer tannins (****1/2)

Summit Estate Barrel Ferment Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, austere and focussed barrel fermented style showing nectarine, yellow peach and melon with savoury lees notes, buttery palate ut does retain shape, lingering lemon/grapefruit acids with fine minerality, well integrated oak (****)

Summit Estate Shiraz Garnacha 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, aromatic and brightly flavoured core of black cherry, redcurrant and blackberry with cracked black pepper, dried herb and asian spices, earthy and medium-full bodied palate is infused with the regional minerality, savoury finish with persistent dusty tannins, fully ripe but less confectionary than many SA examples of this blend (****)

Summit Estate Alto Spanish Collection Monastrell Blend 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, deep set blend of Monastrell (Spanish synonym for Mourvedre) with small amounts of Grenache, Shyra (Shiraz), Tempranillo, Cabernet and Tannat, powerful but medium bodied palate showing blackberry and black cherry with mint and blackcurrant notes, complex interplay between spice and savoury/herbal elements, the Cabernet and Tannat brings length and structure that Monastrell lacks on its own, subtle vanilla/cedar oak and dusty tannins (****)

Summit Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, a supple black cherry entry leads to a dry and firmish palate showing dark plum and cherry with anise, brown spice and dried herb notes, earthy and plump although lingering savoury tannins gives some focus and drive, still a work in progress (***1/2)

Summit Estate Merlot Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, aromatic and spicy cool climate blend showing blackcurrant and mulbery with black pepper, violet and anise notes, the minerally medium bodied palate has some glycerolly mid-palate plumpness, finishes with fine tannins and roast coffee-cedar oak (***1/2)

Summit Estate Pinnacle Red 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, this is a 60:40 blend of Shiraz and Pinot Noir, an old school style that was once common in the Hunter Valley, supple black cherry and raspberry entry although it firms up to an earthy medium bodied dry red mid-palate, also shows blackcurrant and pepper notes, Shiraz’s powdery tannins dominate the finish (***1/2)

Summit Estate Pinnacle White 2010

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2011, blend of Marsanne and Viognier, easy drinking but estery, bright passionfruit and orange with spice and honeysuckle notes plus a touch of banana confectionary, finishes quite dry with persistent minerality (***)

Summit Verdelho 2009

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Kawana, Qld ($16)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, Bronze Medal at Queensland Wine Awards, brightly flavoured honeydew melon, passionfruit and lemon sherbert with a long chalky backbone of orange rind acidity, fine talcy texture, finishes quite dry and crisp, more textural similarities to a SSB blend than a Verdelho fruit bomb (****)

Summit Marsanne 2008

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Kawana, Qld ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, broad and generous melon, orange rind and pear with almond notes, dry and chalky finish with a gentle mandarin acids (***)

Summit Shiraz Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Dan Murphys, Kawana, Qld ($19)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2010, this rather unusual blend combines some rather robust Pinot Noir with some soft and demure Shiraz, silky cherry and raspberry entry with a big dollop of earthy blackberry fruit in the mid-palate, assertive oak brings clove, cinnamon and dark chocolate with some dusty tannins, the Pinot has a slightly green feel (***)