30 Aug New wines from Orange’s Angullong Vineyard
Orange’s Angullong Wines has released two wines in their ‘Fossil Hill’ range; the 2015 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera ($26) and the new 2015 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sagrantino ($26).
Alternative varieties have long been an integral component with Angullong’s winegrowing. “In 1999 we planted a range of Mediterranean varieties that we believed would thrive in the Orange region,” explained Angullong’s Ben Crossing. “Over these past 18 years we have learnt a great deal about the vines and gained valuable experience with the wines that they produce.
“In more recent years we have grafted several new alternative varieties including Sagrantino. This is a variety whose home is in Umbria in central Italy, although it almost became extinct in the 1960s. As in Italy, the region of Orange offers good heat during summer with cool nights that give the vines relief and subsequently lengthen their ripening.”
The fruit was handled very gently in the winery, with hand plunging so as not to over extract the tannins. The wine was then matured in a combination of new (25 per cent) and seasoned French oak.
Another Italian variety within Angullong’s ‘Fossil Hill’ range is the 2015 Barbera. “We are aiming to produce a vibrant Barbera with loads of red fruit and spice with balanced tannins and acidity.”
The Barbera was de-stemmed with 20 per cent left as whole berries prior to fermentation. “We believe that this gives greater freshness, lift and complexity to the wine and a silkier texture to the tannins,” continued Ben.
From here 25 per cent of the wine was matured in French oak in order to add further complexity to the fresh, primary flavours.
These two wines join Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ range of wine which also included Shiraz Viognier, Vermentino, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and the newly released Rosato and Riesling.