Halliday rating of 96/100
Since its inception in 1998 Angullong’s Crossing family have produced some of the Orange region’s best Shiraz grapes. This experience, vine maturity and meticulous viticulture have culminated with the release of the winery’s new flagship wine, the 2013 Angullong Crossing Reserve Shiraz.
The new Reserve wine is made from a single block of Shiraz grown on the higher elevations of the Angullong vineyards. “Year on year, this particular block produces grapes with more character, balance and concentration of flavour,” said Vineyard Manager, James Crossing. “We couldn’t have asked for a better vintage than 2013 and this brought our Reserve project to a head.”
“The Orange wine region can be described as a number of regions layered over each other,” explained General Manager, Ben Crossing. “Being bounded by the 600 metre contour around the dramatic slopes of Mount Canobolas, the best wines are those where the varieties have been matched with the microclime which is largely determined by elevation.”
The Angullong Crossing Reserve block sits within aged red / brown loamy top-soils, a result of the volcanic origins of Mount Canobolas. This gives way to sandy clay and shale subsoils with a limestone base ensuring good aeration and drainage. The result is relatively low vine vigour and low yields.
“The new Crossing Reserve is a limited release wine with only two hundred cases produced. Whilst the 2013 is the first vintage, we have made small parcels from 2014 and ensuing vintages. The wine was matured for 12 months in French oak and then 18 months in bottle before release.
NEW RESERVE RELEASE
2013 Angullong 'Crossing Reserve' Shiraz
James Halliday, Wine Companion: "Power and focus with a firm-but-lengthy finish. Ripe, insistent cherry-plum, aniseed, five spice and cedar wood flavours. Immaculately presented, complex, stylish; you name it, it has it in its favour. 96/100'