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The Fossil Hill Barbera and Tempranillo are developing character as the vines age

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Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera

Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera [©Angullong Wines]

Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales
Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo
Angullong Vineyards, Orange region of NSW

Angullong Vineyard in the Orange region of NSW's Central Ranges continues to champion an exciting range of alternative grape varieties with the recent release of their awarded 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera and 2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo.

The 2016 vintage was regarded as one of best in the history of the vineyard, which was planted in 1998.

“The season started well as the soil moisture was near perfect after adequate winter rainfall, and finished well. The season was true to the region, with warm days and cool nights during the ripening period. It allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms rather than be dictated by weather conditions,” explained Angullong’s Ben Crossing.

Although the barbera grape’s origin is under question, Angullong has given it a home in the cool reaches of Orange.  “The Orange region has climatic similarities to Piedmont in Italy where the variety is widespread. We are really pleased with the quality we are seeing now that the vines are gaining some age.”

The 2016 Angullong Fossil Hill Barbera was de-stemmed with 20 per cent left as whole berries for fermentation in order to create complexity and silkier tannins. It was matured in French oak puncheons (20 per cent new) for 12 months.

The hallmark of barbera is its natural acidity, and low tannin ensures the wine remains fresh and vibrant.

Tempranillo on the other hand is a variety entrenched in Spanish winegrowing. In Australia it is reported that there are around 740 hectares of tempranillo planted, making up only 1% of total red planting. These are mostly planted in the warmer regions, however the variety has proven to also adapt well to cooler areas.

“We have been gaining valuable experience with tempranillo,” continued Ben. We have two different clones and found considerable differences between them, particularly the tannins in the finished wines. This experience, along with the favourable vintage conditions, gave us a beautifully varietal wine. Fermented in open fermenters and matured in French oak puncheons (20% new) for 12 months.”

The objective is to build on the core of varietal flavours creating a soft and fleshy wine which is approachable while young. It has been well received so far and it should mature well.


2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera (Orange Region) – RRP A$26

  • Gold Medal, 2017 NSW Wine Awards.
  • Gold Medal, 2017 Orange Wine Show

2016 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Tempranillo (Orange Region) – RRP A$26

  • Trophy Best Other Red Variety, 2017 Orange Wine Show
  • Trophy Best Dry Red Table Wine, Spanish & Italian Varieties, 2017 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show
  • Gold Medal, 2017 Orange Wine Show
  • Gold Medal, 2017 NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show

Angullong is distributed by L’Atelier Wines in NSW, QLD and VIC. The full Angullong range can be purchased directly from the cellar door in Millthorpe (see information below) and via their website at


  • Orange (NSW)

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