New Chardonnay, 12 years in the making

— New Chardonnay, 12 years in the making

Angullong has released its maiden Fossil Hill Chardonnay, the 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Chardonnay in partnership with its 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Riesling.

With the Orange Wine Region defined by the 600-metre contour around Mount Canobolas, the white wines grown tend to be elegant expressions of this cool climate, with Chardonnay proving to be a hero variety.

This is our first release chardonnay under our ‘Fossil Hill’ range.

The grapes are from vines grown at around 800 metres in elevation which is significantly higher than the grapes used in our 600 metre elevation Angullong Chardonnay.

With less than one per cent of Australian vineyards planted above 800 metres it certainly makes these Orange wines unique; higher natural acid, restraint, freshness and purity of flavour.

The 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Chardonnay was fermented in a combination of new (25 per cent) and seasoned (one to three-year-old) oak. It was further matured with lees stirring for 11 months prior to bottling in February 2018.

The Riesling is also a relatively new addition to the Angullong portfolio, with the 2017 being the third vintage.

“We have had Riesling planted for 20 years and have historically sold the fruit. However we have seen a lift in demand for the variety and made a small parcel in 2015. The response is very promising across both our wholesale and cellar door customers.

Our Riesling is cropped around eight tonnes to the hectare to ensure a good flavour profile; it is all about letting the cold climate vineyard express itself in the finished wine.

  • 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Chardonnay (Orange Region, 800m)
  •  2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Riesling (Orange Region, 650m)
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