Italian varieties blossom in cool climate for Angullong

Two new vintage wines released from the Orange vineyard

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Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales

Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales

Angullong wines, Orange, New South Wales
Angullong cellar door, Orange, New South Wales
Angullong Vineyards - Orange wine region
Angullong Wines – Sangiovese and Barbera


Angullong Wines has released two new wines; the 2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese  and the 2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera. Italian varieties very much at home in the cool climate of Orange.

Angullong has built a reputation of growing non-traditional varieties in its Orange region vineyard. The vineyard, sitting at an elevation of around 600 metres, is also home to Vermentino, Savagnin, Tempranillo and Sagrantino.

“When we planted the vineyards back in 1998 we purposely looked at alternative varieties that we believed would be suit to the region. The region is building a solid reputation for its Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, but also developing quite a following for these alternative varieties,” said owner and General Manager, Ben Crossing.

“We have been buoyed by recent research showing the likes of Sangiovese becoming ‘mainstream styles base on share of listings*’ in the on-premise sector. We are certainly seeing this with sommeliers looking for varieties that offer interest to their wine lists; wines with good flavours and structure that better complement food.”

Sangiovese has seen a dramatic increase in the share of red wine listings (on-premise), accounting for 5.6% of red wine listings, up from 3.0% in 2014*. Barbera has also experienced growth in on-premise listings, albeit from a very low base, increasing from 0.4% in 2014 to 1.0% in 2015.

“The broader availability of these varieties on wine lists is being driven by consumers who expect more choice. They are looking for new styles and varieties,” said Ben.

These alternative varieties are well suited to the cooler Orange region. “At an elevation of 600 metres, the defining regional contour surrounding Mount Canobolas, our red varieties ripen well. The 2013 season was one of the best in Orange. Good soil moisture and warm dry weather leading up to vintage ensured that we could leave the grapes on the vine to fully ripen.”

After harvest the Sangiovese was de-stemmed with 20 per cent left as whole berries for fermentation before maturation in French oak. The Barbera was handled in a similar method, with only 25 per cent of the wine matured in French oak in order to push the vibrant primary fruit flavours to the fore.

2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Sangiovese (Orange Wine Region) $24.00 and the 2013 Angullong ‘Fossil Hill’ Barbera (Orange Wine Region) $24.00

Angullong Wines is located in the picturesque foothills of Orange’s Mount Canobolas in NSW. The property has been in the Crossing family since 1950 and has been run as a successful sheep and cattle station prior to diversifying into grape growing and winemaking in 1998. In 2009 Angullong opened their cellar door in the historic bluestone stables in the village of Millthorpe.



  • Orange (NSW)

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