ACCORDING to Angullong Wines’ general manager Ben Crossing, the 2012 vintage in Orange was difficult but his latest wine range titled Fossil Hill managed to come out on top.
“Vineyard management was crucial during 2012. We had modest yields however there was good ripeness and flavour profiles,” he said.
The 2012 Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viognier and the 2012 Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo were released ahead of Orange F.O.O.D Week in April and were presented at a number of events throughout the festival.
These included the F.O.O.D Week Night Markets, the Old Errowanbang Woolshed Black Tie Dinner and the Farm Gate Tours.
Crossing said the 2012 Shiraz Viognier was co-fermented with the juice being pumped over the skins to build colour and flavour profile.
The wine was then matured in French oak barriques for 12 months prior to bottling.
“We were looking for varietal blackberry and dark plum flavours with the added brightness and lift achieved from the inclusion of a small percentage of Viognier during fermentation,” he said.
The 2012 Fossil Hill Tempranillo was the fourth vintage of this variety from Angullong.
“Whilst the variety is still relatively new to Australia with only 385 hectares planted, we are having a lot of success,” Crossing said.
“The higher elevations of Orange are producing fruit with elegance and good natural acidity and we are very excited about our wine from the 2012 vintage.”
Pricing and distribution:
2012 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Shiraz Viognier – $24.00
2012 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo – $24.00
Angullong wines are distributed in NSW and ACT by Cogito Wines, in Victoria by Boutique Beverages, in WA by Wines of Serendipity and direct from the cellar door and via its website: www.angullong.com.au.
Contact: Ben Crossing
Phone: 0428 586 802