SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Golden Grove Estate wine maker Ray Costanzo finishes this vintage knowing three of his wines impressed lauded wine critic James Halliday.
SUCCESSFUL SEASON: Golden Grove Estate wine maker Ray Costanzo finishes this vintage knowing three of his wines impressed lauded wine critic James Halliday. Linden Morris

Winemaker celebrates a Golden season

VINTAGE after vintage, the Granite Belt continues to make a name for itself in the wine industry.

One Ballandean winemaker ensuring his winery goes from strength to strength is Ray Costanzo from Golden Grove Estate Wines.

After a successful appearance at the Australian Small Winemakers Show last year, Mr Costanzo has three more accolades he can add to his resume.

The region's stand out producers will come through with the goods when making their wine.

Mr Constanzo said articles by renowned wine critic James Halliday had confirmed what the show judges said.

"Our 2012 vermentino is one of our alternate wines and was given five stars," he said.

"We have taken it back to the more traditional Sardinian style and have been rewarded."

Mr Costanzo said the winery's 2012 sauvignon blanc, which was officially released on Friday, was also awarded five stars.

"We have changed our style and gone for a more French style, instead of the New Zealand style," Mr Costanzo said.

Adding to Golden Grove Estate Wines success this year was its 2011 durif.

It was named as one of the top 50 cellaring wines.

Mr Costanzo said it was amazing to think the 2011 durif could be one of the great wines people would keep in their cellars.

With this picking season all but behind him Mr Costanzo said it had been a tough vintage.

"In 2011, it rained all at once but this year it was just constant rain," he said.

"The lead up to the vintage was perfect, though.

"In saying that, our whites are looking excellent to outstanding.

"But the reds have been average.

"The reds had to hang through most of the rainy period.

"The region's stand out producers will come through with the goods when making their wine, though."



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