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November 3, 2015 by Huon Hooke
In Orange, altitude is the difference. Orange trades on its altitude because “high equals cool, and cool is well, cool”. In Orange, Shiraz is the Workhorse.
SHIRAZ IS THE WORKHORSE
by Huon Hooke
“Orange’s most planted grape is the industry workhorse SHIRAZ”
When grown at higher altitudes shiraz “can be rich, spicy – often peppery, elegant and finely textured”
“Montoro is an example: this two hectare vineyard beside the Cargo Road at Nashdale sits at 900 metres and is entirely planted to Shiraz from this, (vineyard owned by Bob and Jennifer Derrick), contract winemaker Will Rikard-Bell fashions a Rosé, a full bodied red and a vintage port styled fortified”
“The 2014 Rosé, named End of the Day Rosé is a winner. Beautifully textured, savoury and appetisingly dry, it’s barrel fermented and slurpable: a wine I could stick with for several glasses”
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