About 350kms west of Sydney, and 35kms south of Orange, nestled in the foothills of Mount Canobolas sits the vineyards for Angullong Wines. It’s one of the largest vineyards in the area with a total of 220 hectares or 550 acres under vine. 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.
The wines that are produced from the fruit off these vines is crafted several state of the art facilities and talented winemakers from Orange and in the nearby Hunter Valley. With the winemaking overseen by Jon Reynolds, a highly experienced winemaker who has extensive experience in making wines from the Orange region.
The wines range from entry level, Sunday brunch styled drops through to wines with power and refinement that is rarely seen at their price points.
The wines are available online, in independent bottle-shops or from the Angullong cellar door, located in the historic bluestone stables in the village of Millthorpe.
A few of their recent releases:
Angullong Pinot Grigio 2019 – i wasn’t particularly taken by the 2018 vintage of the Angullong’s Pinot Grigio but its remarkable the difference in this vintage. Light tropicals, with a wisp of musk on the delicate nose. on teh tongue there is some crisp pear and lemon peel. More in the salad matching style of Pinot Grigio. 90 points, RRP $22.
Angullong Fossil Hill Rose 2019 – crafted from Sangiovese and giving a modern styled rose, driven by light strawberry, rose water and Turkish Delight. Touch of strawberries and cream in the finish, with some feint spice. Interesting wine that went down a treat on a 38degree FNQ afternoon. 94pts. RRP $26
Angullong Fossil Hill Chardonnay 2018 – very pale in colour, stone fruits, fig, vanilla and a touch of cashew on the nose. Palate was a touch volatile on an oppressively hot day, but still showed some fruit structure with some bitter lemon rind on the back palate. Could probably benefit from another few months in the bottle, and if prior releases are anything to go by, it has potential to be an interesting wine around Australia Day 2020. 90pts. RRP $26
Angullong Fossil Hill Vermintino 2019 – not sure why we don’t drink more vermintino in this country as it can produce such great wines when done well. Angullong have crafted a drink now style wine here, its light with delicate green pea and dried herb notes, light chalky salinity sea spray on the tongue to match with it. needs food to show its best. 89pts. RRP $26
Angullong Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – the orange region produces some of the best salad styled SB’s that we see here, wines that a quite different to same priced NZ drops. its crisp, light, driven by peach and rocket salad-like aromas and flavours, the light stone fruit notes working well with the green leafy notes. Has potential to be a hit over the Xmas period. 89pts. RRP $22