Coinciding with the NSW Wine Festival (26th Feb to 31st March) and in celebration of all things New South Welsh-made, Cumulus Estate Wines have released not one but two wines from their estate-grown vineyard that uniquely traverses across the two wine-growing areas of Orange and the Central Ranges, NSW.
New Vintage Releases:
2010 Rolling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Central Ranges NSW (rrp $17.95)
2009 Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon, Orange NSW (rrp $21.95)
For Cumulus Winemaker, Debbie Lauritz, the quality of both the 2010 Rolling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon and 2009 Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon really confirms her belief in the diversity of the Cumulus 508-hectare vineyard and the wide range of grapes that can be successfully grown in the pristine, cool-climes of the area.
Winemaker Debbie Lauritz says "Both the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon clearly express the different areas their grapes comes from within the vineyard. The high-altitude Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is marked by cooler spice notes and a fine palate line whereas the Sauvignon Blanc Semillon from the rolling foothills is juicy, fresh and really lively in the mouth."
New South Wales is the second-largest wine growing state with more than a dozen distinct wine regions, but Orange is truly unique in that it is literally defined by altitude and is the highest designated wine region lying at above 600 metres.
As Debbie explains "The fruit from the different blocks and different altitudes is handled separately in the winery and we really tailor our winemaking to match. The Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is cool fermented in stainless steel to keep it fresh and clean. The Cabernet Sauvignon undergoes a 35˚C ferment, pumping over twice daily and then spends a year in oak barriques to enhance the elegant, savoury nature of the wine."
As a major sponsor of the NSW Wine Festival, Cumulus presented their Climbing and Rolling wines at the Sydney Cellar Door event (Hyde Park, Sydney 26th & 27th February) and winemaker Debbie Lauritz shared her wines and stories at the Buon Ricordo 'Tour the Region Dinner' on Wednesday 9th March. www.nswwinefestival.com.au
Further cementing Cumulus's strong commitment to the NSW Wine industry, Cumulus CEO Steve Barbera has also thrown his hat into the ring taking on the role as the Chair of the Export Advisory Committee of the NSW Wine Industry Association. With such a belief in their home-state it's clear to see that Cumulus will continue to lead the charge for the recognition of top-quality NSW wines both at home and abroad.
Distributed by Cumulus Wines.
Available nationally though independent liquor stores – RRP $17.95 & RRP $21.95