Jimbour Wines

Queensland is not a newcomer to the Australian wine industry. Wine grapes have been flourishing in this State since the 1860s.

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Jimbour Shiraz 2003

In the early days, regions all over Queensland – from Mount Ommaney on Brisbane’s outskirts through to Ipswich, Toowoomba and Roma in the west and the Granite Belt in the south – produced vast amounts of grapes. Of the wines produced, most were sold locally. The State’s oldest winery, Romavilla, also supplied several overseas markets last century and won awards for its wines.

Jimbour commenced wine production in 2003, its vineyard having been planted in 2000. However, despite the most recognised and awarded year in its history, the Russell Pastoral Company announced that it would suspend its involvement in the Australian Wine industry with its brand Jimbour Wines in 2010.

Due to the continuing poor financial outlook of the Australian wine industry, the company elected to suspend our wine operations at that time.

The Russell Pastoral Company Board considered the short term viability of their wine business now under increasing pressure from the supermarket sector, and its consequential declining profitability within the current trading environment.

The company was mindful of and in agreement with a recent industry statement “Structural surpluses of grapes and wine are now so large that they are causing long-term damage to the Australian wine industry-by devaluing the Australian brand, entrenching discounting and undermining profitability”

Jimbour’s 22 hectare vineyard is currently mothballed, and at an appropriate time a review of the climate for wine production re-assessed. In the interim period it will be converted to a dry grown operation with better resistance to drought and further climate change.

Awards & Accolades

Jimbour Station Verdelho 2006

Gold Queensland Wine Awards 2005

Jimbour Station Verdelho 2007

88 and 4 glasses James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

Jimbour Station Shiraz 2000

Trophy Sheraton Courier Mail Wine Awards 2002

Blue-Gold Award Sydney International Wine Competition 2003

Jimbour Station Shiraz 2008

Bronze Queensland Wine Awards 2009

3 stars – Winestate Magazine, Dec 2009

TOP 40 value picks – Winestate Magazine, Dec 2009

Jimbour Station Merlot 2002

Bronze – Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2004

Jimbour Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Seal of Approval – Korean Wine Challenge 2009

Jimbour Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

3 stars – Winestate Magazine, Dec 2009

Ludwig Leichhardt Chardonnay 2005

93 points and 4 1/2 glasses – James Halliday Wine Companion 2008

4 stars – Winestate Annual Regional Tasting 2010

Ludwig Leichhardt Merlot 2004

Silver – Queensland Wine Awards 2005

Ludwig Leichhardt Merlot 2005

4 stars – Winestate Annual Style Tasting 2009

Silver-Korea Wine Challenge 2009

Aust Sommliers Association – ‘…stand out wine in terms of complexity’ 2009

Gold Sydney International Wine Show 2009

Ludwig Leichhardt Merlot 2006

87 points and 4 stars – James Halliday Wine Companion 2010

Ludwig Leichhardt Shiraz 2007

Gold – San Francisco International Wine Show 2009

Silver – Queensland Wine Awards 2008

Ludwig Leichhardt Shiraz 2008

Bronze – Queensland Wine Awards 2009

Ludwig Leichhardt Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2005

Silver-Queensland Wine Awards 2007

87 and 4 glasses – James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

Jimbour Shiraz 2003

Bronze-Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2005

Bronze-Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2006

90 and 4 1/2 glasses -James Halliday Wine Companion 2007

Silver-Queensland Wine Awards 2007