Category Archives: Orange

2009 Cargo Road Sparkling Zinfandel

Australia’s only sparkling Zinfandel…which won’t surprise many readers. Winemaker James Sweetapple really is obsessed by the variety. As you walk down the stairs into the winery a lengthy shelf of emptied Zinfandel and Primitivo bottles from all over the world sit … Continue reading

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2012 Cooks Lot Shiraz Lot #1010

As with most of these Cooks Lot reds, this is a rather insubstantial wine. The wet and cool vintage conditions may have a had a lot do with that, although the 2013 Pinot was much the same. Cool climate regions are no … Continue reading

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2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Noir Lot #1111

A less successful Pinot Noir from Orange but it’s fair drinking. A bit light on substance and lolly-like. Sweet raspberry and cherries with touches of leaf and rhubarb. Chocolate oak outline. Black spice and a slightly bitter herbal aftertaste. Couldn’t … Continue reading

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2012 Swinging Bridge M.A.W. Pinot Noir

Swinging Bridge winemaker Tom Ward is on a winner here. I liked it when I had a look in Orange last year and enjoyed it again over two days of tasting this month. Single vineyard, 910 metre altitude. Slick, slinky texture, alluring … Continue reading

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2011 Cargo Road Botrytis Gewürztraminer

You won’t find a lot of dessert wine reviews on this site because there isn’t a large audience for them and I don’t often drink them. Now and again though, I come across an example which warrants attention. This is … Continue reading

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2012 Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay

From the Balmoral Vineyard which sits at an altitude of 870 metres in Orange, NSW. Matured in a combination of new and used French barrels for ten months. Initially it looked a little obvious but with some air it started to … Continue reading

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2012 Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Chardonnay

Interesting to see the enthusiasm this wine has whipped up since I first saw it. It impressed when I visited Orange but given that I only spent about five minutes with it before moving on to other wines in a … Continue reading

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2013 Cooks Lot Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Lot #589

The Semillon is sourced from Cowra and the Sauvignon from Orange. 60%/40% respectively. Very grassy with bitter herbs, pineapple and passionfruit. Bracing lemony acidity. Despite the tropical flavours it comes across as dilute and disjointed. Chill it hard. 85 Region: … Continue reading

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2013 Cooks Lot Riesling Lot #333

You would want to find it for less than the recommended retail price but it’s a fair expression of traditional dry Australian Riesling. Florals, sour green apple, limes, lemons and rind on a base of wet slate. Decent focus, intensity and … Continue reading

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2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Gris Lot #666

Australian Pinot Gris. Lot 666. The number of the beast. Apt most of the time. Muted aromatics. I suspect there’s some barrel work here adding texture but detracting from the overall fragrance. The palate is more forward if obvious in terms … Continue reading

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