Rave reviews for Orange NSW wineries ⋆ Silver Compass Tours
A number of local Orange wineries have received top marks in the 2016 James Halliday Wine Companion, long revered as the Australian winemakers’ annual report card.
One of the premium vineyards of the region, Ross Hill Wines has had its Five Red Star rating reconfirmed for the third year running. This is the highest accolade available, representing an “outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years.” Look out for its Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (95 points); Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (95 points); Pinnacle Chardonnay 2014 (94 points); Pinnacle Shiraz 2013 (94 points); and Pinnacle Cabernet Franc (94 points).
Local boutique vineyards are also performing strongly, with one of our personal favourites Patina Wines receiving 96 points for its 2009 Chardonnay, 95 points for the 2014 Riesling and 95 points for the 2010 Reserve Chardonnay. Chardonnays from Printhie Wines and Swinging Bridge Wines also received accolades, and the sublime Brangayne of Orange vineyard scored 95 points for its 2013 Isolde Reserve Chardonnay. We recently convinced a group of guests that you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted chardonnay and riesling from the Orange wine-growing region, we rest our case.
On the reds side, it’s great to see Orange Mountain Wines have its Shiraz Viognier recognised (we’re also personally partial to the Sangiovese from this vineyard) and the charming vignerons from one of the most charming vineyards and cellar doors around, Angullong Wines, was awarded 96 points for their 2013 Angullong Shiraz – which also took the gold medal at the 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Show.
It’s also really exciting to see organic vineyard Tamburlaine Organic Wines get a nod for their sauvignon blanc, as this vineyard is doing some really exciting things in the biodynamic space.