ROSS Hill Vineyard is enjoying the kudos of being named among Australia's top Chardonnay varieties not once but twice in the last two weeks.
Two of Australia's most respected wine writers James Halliday and Huon Hooke have shown a high regard for the Orange vineyard's
2012 Pinnacle chardonnay, which was bottled earlier this year.
Mr Hooke not only featured the wine in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food lift out, he placed it in the top 10 in the country.
The accolades kept coming when Mr Halliday selected the wine as a standout from 500 others.
The label also performed well in the 2013 Chardonnay Challenge competition, where wines were grouped in exhibits by region and sampled by judges who were unaware of their origins.
In this competition the wine was rated in the top 12 in Australia.
According to Mr Hooke the chardonnay has a light-medium bright yellow colour with a complex bouquet of smoky sulfides and many other nuances.
He went on to say the acidity of the wine is lemony and tangy on the mid-palate and back, which enlivens the wine.
Mr Hooke said the wine is "zesty, crisp and alive, with restrained but intense pear, creamy and deliciously stone-fruit with delicate, superbly refined and subtly complex, and it will keep and improve."