13 Aug Angullong Sangiovese shows its diversity
Angullong of Orange has released two new vintages Fossil Hill wines, the 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Rosato ($24) and the 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese ($26).
Angullong’s Fossil Hill range is named after a landmark on the property that tells the story of the geology of the region. Over 450 million years ago, during the Ordovician period, the area now known as Angullong was awash with sea and inhabited by some of the earliest forms life.
As the millennia passed by, the seas retreated and much of the limestone that had been laid down during the Ordovician period, were covered by basalt loam from the volcanic Mount Canobolas.
Angullong’s internationally significant fossil sites were discovered around the 1890s and comprise 191 genera and 263 species of fossils. There is also a significant network of limestone caves known as the Cleifden caves, which have recently (28 August 2017) been added to the State Heritage Register as an item of environmental heritage by the New South Wales Government.
Sangiovese has a relatively recent history in Australia. The first commercial plantings were in the 1980s in South Australia’s Kalimna vineyard. “As an industry, we have learnt much over the past 30 years,” explained Angullong’s Ben Crossing. “One of the main issues with this variety is its propensity to over-crop if not managed well.
The Fossil Hill range comprises primarily emerging varieties, with the Sangiovese vines planted close to 20 years ago. “The 2017 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Rosato is 100 per cent Sangiovese made from the original ‘Grosso’ clone plantings in the vineyard. We have named it Rosato as a nod to its Italian varietal heritage.
“In 2011 we grafted a range of different Sangiovese clones to determine the one best suited for our site. These clones are known as the “Brunello” or “Piccolo” clones that the 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese is made from. We have found them to have smaller bunches and smaller berries and produce better colour and flavour intensity than the ‘Grosso’ clone which works well for the rosé style.
The 207 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese was made with 20 per cent whole bunch, with the must pumped over twice daily to increase colour, texture and complexity and matured in French oak.