Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2011

I’ll need to get out my soil maps, but I was interested to see that this wine is grown on a mixture of limestone and volcanic soils in a cool climate with the vineyard at 600m of altitude in Orange, and thus presumably the name Fossil Hill. Ruby in colour, this tempranillo has aromatics ofContinue reading “Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2011”

Sassy Pinot Noir 2010

Sassy’s pinot noir, from the Orange district, resembles the classic Australian fruit forward version of pinot noir.  Almost opaque in colour, it opens to vibrant cherries and strawberries on the nose.  The palate has medium acid, light tannins and fruit driven cherry, strawberry and rhubarb flavours.   Perfectly pleasant drinking, and ready to drink now overContinue reading “Sassy Pinot Noir 2010”

Sassy "The Ivor" Arneis 2012

Sassy’s vineyard is situated at 900m above sea level in the Orange region, and the arneis vines were planted in 2009.  To supplement the already cool climate, the grapes were picked early.  I happen to like arneis based wines, and while I found this wine perfectly pleasant, I wondered whether it would benefit from aContinue reading “Sassy "The Ivor" Arneis 2012”

Cumulus Wines Climbing Pinot Gris 2012

It wasn’t long ago that I mused that I had seen few wines from the cool climate (due to altitude, not latitude) Orange region in New South Wales.  This position has changed in recent months, and based on this wine, the region shows some potential with pinot gris in addition to its other merits. FromContinue reading “Cumulus Wines Climbing Pinot Gris 2012”

Cumulus Wines Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2012

For an entry level sparkling wine with the less common pinot gris in the blend (this blend is 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot gris), this wine presented rather well, I thought.  Pinot gris is of course permitted in the sparkling wines of Cremant d’Alsace, but is being phased out elsewhere such as in Franciacorta. LemonContinue reading “Cumulus Wines Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2012”

Tamburlaine Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

I hear a lot about wines from Orange, yet have the opportunity to taste very few of them down here in Melbourne.  This wine’s a “reserve” sauvignon blanc.  It sees some maturation on lees and, critically in terms of style, part of the wine sees some oak – something that the paradigm Marlborough sauvignon blancContinue reading “Tamburlaine Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012”