After a challenging 2011 vintage, the Orange region is beginning to see the results of judicious vineyard management with the release of the 2011 whites.
"Orange has been making some serious in-roads over the past few years," explained Angullong owner, Ben Crossing. "The region, as a whole, has received numerous awards for our Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris wines."
"The winemaking and vinicultural experience and knowledge is continuing to grow, and with it, the quality of the wines increase. If we'd had a vintage like 2011 five years ago, it would have been a different result. In a relatively short timeframe the region has substantially increased its understanding of its winegrowing. This, along with the fantastic collaboration between winemakers, has helped the quality immensely."
"The latest news from 'NSW Wine' is indicating that there has been further, substantial growth of NSW within NSW. There is some NSW wine parochialism starting to creep in. We have certainly seen this with a steady increase in the quantity of these wines that we are selling."
Both the Angullong Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris were made from grapes grown on the Angullong vineyard, situated on the southern fringe of the Orange GI, with a small portion of fruit from higher up the mountain.
"A small parcel of fruit from around 950 metres helps add another layer of flavour to these wines," commented Ben. "Our vineyard captures the riper profiles of the varieties, whilst the higher elevation vineyards add some further depth and structure to the finished wines."
2011 Angullong Sauvignon Blanc $17.002011 Angullong 'Fossil Hill' Pinot Gris $22.00
Angullong wines are distributed in NSW, QLD and ACT by Cogito Wines and direct from the Cellar Door at Millthorpe or via the website at www.angullong.com.au
Angullong Wines is located in the picturesque foothills of Orange's Mount Canobolas in NSW. The property has been in the Crossing family since 1950 and has been run as a successful sheep and cattle station prior to diversifying into grape growing and winemaking in 1998. In 2009 Angullong opened their cellar door in the historic bluestone stables in the village of Millthorpe