ANGULLONG Wines is situated in the foothills of Orange’s Mount Canobolas and has built a reputation of producing alternative variety, cool climate wines.
The latest addition to its range is the 2014 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Vermentino. This new wine will partner the 2014 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sagrantino, due for release in late 2015.
“We grafted the Vermentino in 2012, aiming to build on the alternative varieties in our portfolio,” Angullong’s Ben Crossing explained.
“Vermentino is a Mediterranean variety native to Italy. It is also grown in France and now finding a home in Australia, particularly in the warm inland areas due to its ability to thrive in hot and dry growing conditions.
“In spring of 2011 we decided to graft a small area to see how it would perform in our cooler region at 600m above sea level.
“We chose to graft a site on top of a ridge that is exposed to hot dry westerly winds during summer.”
The variety produces large bunches and berries, so thinning was required during the growing season to balance the young vines.
This was the last white variety to be harvested in Angullong’s vineyard, with excellent natural acidity and flavour ripeness at 12.3 beaume.
“Given it was our first vintage we took a fairly straight-forward approach to winemaking to retain the freshness and varietal character of the wine,” Crossing said.
Post fermentation, the wine was left on yeast lees for four weeks to allow the natural yeast autolysis to occur, releasing further aromatics and flavour complexity.
Crossing said he is extremely pleased with this first vintage and look forward to seeing the wines develop as the vines age and “we gain more experience with the variety both in the vineyard and winery”.
This release coincides with the release of the 2013 Angullong Fossil Hill Shiraz Viognier.
“Shiraz is proving to be one of our flagship varieties,” Crossing added. “It consistently produces high quality wines with trademark cool climate characters.”
This is Angullong’s 10th vintage of its Shiraz Viognier and one of the best it has produced, according to Crossing.
He said the Shiraz is co-fermented with a small portion of Viognier, which is around 3 to 5 per cent, working in the background to enhance the Shiraz by softening the tannins and rounding out the wine.
Angullong wines are distributed by Cogito Wines in NSW, ACT and QLD, Boutique Beverages in Victoria and Wines by Serendipity in WA.
Wines can be purchased directly from the cellar door and via its website at www.angullong.com.au