at home at Ballandean Estate

Ballandean Estate is excited to be producing a unique range of alternative grape varieties and proud to be a part of the Granite Belt, “Strangebird” Wine Trail.

The alternate or “Strangebird” varieties produced by Ballandean Estate are:

Viognier (Vee-on-yay)

Often described as a red wine drinkers white wine as it is usually a heavier white wine with touches of spice and complexity.  Our Viognier exhibits an enticing bouquet of Apricots and is well suited to a rich seafood dish such as Prawn and Scallop Risotto. BUY NOW

Fiano (Fee-ah-no)

A variety that hales from the southern part of Italy, particularly Sicily and Calabria.  This variety is very happy here in Ballandean with the gorgeous vines flourishing in the climate and therefore producing a well balanced and consistently flavoursome wine.  Our Fiano displays a heady bouquet of ripe pineapple and lychee with a rich palate of tropical fruit and a luxurious mouthfeel.  This wine is also well suited to rich seafood dishes such as Salmon. BUY NOW

Sylvaner (Sil-var-na)

Originating from Alsace this grape variety has been used a number of ways here at Ballandean.  First as a dry white and then by the mid 1980’s after a visit to France by Angelo, as a cordon cut dessert wine.  The Sylvaner is famous for its luscious front palate with touches of honey and marmalade and its divine, crisp finish.  It is the perfect wine to serve with a crème brulee or try it with a rich cheese plate after dinner.  The Ballandean Estate Sylvaner is recognised as the best of its style in the world. BUY NOW

Malbec (Mahl-bek)

A big and flavoursome wine that was traditionally used at Ballandean as a blending wine for Cabernet as was the trend at the time of planting.  40 plus years on, the vineyard is blessed to have a significant planting of this variety and is producing award winning wines with them.  Our Malbec is big and juicy with touches of herbaceousness and leafiness.  The palate is well rounded with soft tannins and well integrated oak. BUY NOW

Nebbiolo (Neb-ee-oh-lo)

A finicky variety to grow in Ballandean, but when it’s right – it is soooo right!!! Usually produced as a medium weight style with a heady bouquet of tar and cherry with a flavoursome palate and strong tannins.  This is most definitely a food wine and is well suited to anything Italian.

Durif (Doo-riff)

One of the new kids on the Ballandean block with the first vintage release being the 2013 and it looks like another happy Strangebird in the vineyard.  The wine is full bodied with typical Durif characters of fruit cake and a touch of liquorice. BUY NOW

Saperavi (Sap-a-ra-vee)

One of the most rare varieties we have planted and indeed very rare in Australia.  This variety has red juice (very rare) and as a result, the wine is extraordinarily dark in the glass.  With a fruit driven bouquet and big colour, you could be fooled into thinking that this wine was also very tannic, but when in your mouth, you soon realise the tannins are quite soft and the fruit flavours abound. BUY NOW

Jacquez (Ja-kes)

Once again, a very old planting at Ballandean and was originally used to intensify colour and for blending.  The juice of this variety is red and results in an intensely coloured wine that is perfectly suited to being blended with our Malbec – a very rare blend indeed!!  New research has suggested that this variety is actually an indigenous variety from North America, going against the old suggestion that it was from Europe.  A very intriguing variety. BUY NOW

click here to find out more about Granite Belt Strangebirds

To be called an “alternative” a variety must represent not more than 1% of the total bearing vines in Australia as defined by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.  Enjoyed in Europe for generations these alternative varieties are now emerging as Australian favourites due to their ability to match perfectly with food. Capture a Strange Bird and take it home today.