15 Mar Angullong releases its trophy winning reds
Angullong Vineyard continues to champion a range of alternative cool climate varieties with the release of their awarded 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera and 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo.
Angullong Vineyard continues to champion a range of alternative cool climate varieties with the release of their awarded 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera ($26) and 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo ($26).
The 2016 vintage in Orange was one of best in the history of the vineyard, which was planted in 1998. “The soil moisture was near perfect after a great 2015, and the weather was true to the region, with warm days and cool nights during the ripening period. It allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms and not be dictated to by weather conditions,” explained Angullong’s Ben Crossing.
Although Barbera’s origin is under question, Angullong has given it a home in the cool reaches of Orange. “The Orange region has some climatic similarities to Piedmont in Italy where the variety is widespread.”
The 2016 Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera was de-stemmed with 20 per cent left as whole berries for fermentation in order to create complexity and silkier tannins. The grapes’ natural acidity ensured that the wine maintained its freshness.
Tempranillo on the other hand is a variety entrenched in Spanish winegrowing. In Australia there is around 740 hectares of Tempranillo planted, making up a miserly one per cent of total red planting*. These are planted in the warmer regions, however the variety has proven to adapt well to the cooler regions.
“We have been gaining valuable experience with Tempranillo,” continued Ben. “This experience, along with the great vintage conditions, gave us a beautifully varietal wine. We fermented the juice in a combination of new and seasoned small French oak barrels, along with a small component in stainless steel. This was followed by maturation in new and older French oak along with Hungarian Barriques.”
The objective is to build on the natural flavours and complement the fine, savoury tannins. The wine has been well received so far and it should mature well.
2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera (Orange Region)
Gold Medal, 2017 NSW Wine Awards.
Gold Medal, 2017 Orange Wine Show
2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo (Orange Region)
Trophy & Gold – Best Other Red Variety, 2017 Orange Wine Show
Trophy & Gold – Best Dry Red Table Wine, Spanish & Italian Varieties, 2017 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show