30 Aug Vine Maturation Key to On-going Quality
Angullong has released two new vintages within their ‘A’ Range; the 2016 Angullong Chardonnay ($20) and the 2015 Angullong Shiraz ($20).
The wines are made from the Crossing family’s estate vineyards situated on the southern foothills of Orange’s Mount Canobolas.
“These vines are nearly 20 years old,” explained Angullong’s Ben Crossing. ”The original vines were planted in 1998, with further plantings in 1999 and 2000. Over this time we have removed some varieties that haven’t performed and grafted various new varieties.
“20 years of viticultural experience has given us an extensive depth of knowledge of the region. It is an extension two generations of farming at Angullong.”
The Crossing family has farmed the Angullong property for 67 years, running their beef cattle enterprise alongside the vineyards on the ranges of the fertile Central Highlands. It is this experience and innate knowledge of the land that has guaranteed the success of their vines.
The Angullong property ranges from undulating to steep hills with spectacular limestone escarpments that descend dramatically down to the fast flowing Belubula River. The vineyards sit atop the ranges at an elevation of up to 620 metres.
“The wines continue to improve as the vines mature,” continued Ben. “The vines are showing what can be achieved in this cool region. This is evident not just with our vineyard, but across the whole of the Orange Region.
“Over the years the various informal sub-regions of Orange are becoming far more evident. Our sub region at 600 plus metres is a short distance from the high elevation Mount Canobolas sub region that rises up to 1100 metres. We find that our wines, especially the reds, are slightly fuller and riper, whilst still maintaining the elegance and structure of our cool region.
“Our winemaking team, headed up by Jon Reynolds, has the experience to use the best winemaking techniques for our sub-region. We feel that our wines are continuing to improve, and vintages 2015 and 2016 were certainly very good across the whole Orange Region.