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Published January 27th 2014
A taste of the tropical north with an interesting name
On a recent road trip north to Cairns, my husband and I spied an interesting sign by the side of the road. "Murdering Point Winery". Two things went through my head - a winery up here in the northern heat? And where are the grapes vines? The name certainly grabbed our attention. We had to stop and check it out.
The winery was nestled in amongst sugar cane farms and was a neat and tidy little place. We ventured in and experienced the wine tasting. The wines we learnt were made from exotic tropical fruits - not grapes and the variety of wines on offer was impressive for a small winery. They had a selection of tropical wines, ports and creams and tasting them was quite an enjoyable experience.
The choices of wines included white wines, both dry and sweet made from lychees, mango and passionfruit. Plums and jaboticaba were used to create the red wines. They also had on offer 3 ports, each sounding quite exotic with different ingredients like pineapple, mulberry and Black Sapote which also has the name, chocolate pudding fruit. Too good to resist! And lastly the creams (like Irish Creams) were most yummy sounding with names like, banana cream, choc mint cream and mocha cream.
Most of the wines were very pleasant tasting, light on the palate and interestingly created with a variety of other ingredients including ginger, ginseng and lemon aspen. We quite liked the dry varieties of the whites and was particularly taken by the banana cream, which to me tasted like a banana smoothie. (Adults only smoothie that is)
Murdering Point winery is family owned and has developed into a innovative and interesting place to visit. They use locally grown fruits to make their wines producing an unique twist on your average wines. They sell only at the cellar door, but they also have a website where you could order online, knowing which wines you like.
The name and story behind Murdering Point came from a place just down the road where a shipwreck occurred and the survivors swam to shore, only to be attacked and murdered by the local Aboriginal population back in the late 1800's.
So if you are heading to the northern regions of our great state then this little winery is worth a look. Made a very pleasant pitstop for us on our long road trip. It is located about 20 minutes north of Tully or about an hour and a bit south of Cairns.
We ended up buying a couple of the whites and the banana cream, to enjoy at a later date and for us to take a little of the tropical north back home to Brisbane.