Five wine makers from Orange have received the highest rating for their wineries in the coveted James Halliday Wine Companion.
Swinging Bridge, Ross Hill, Rikard Wines, Philip Shaw and Printhie Wines each received a 5-star winery rating in the 2020 wine guide.
To be awarded five stars the wineries needed to have at least two wines which Halliday rated at 95 points or above.
Printhie received the required rating for their Topography Riesling 2018 and their Swift Cuvee Brut NV, the sparkling which won Best Wine of the Show at the Orange Wine Show and Best Sparkling at the NSW Wine Awards in 2018.
Co-owner Ed Swift said its the tenth year Printhie had received the five stars.
It puts a bit of pressure on us - it's the good kind of pressure thoughJames Chrissy, Ross Hill
"It's a very good sign when you consistently receive such a high rating in this guide," he said.
"It pays tribute to the amount of work we put into our wines and the great team we have on board at Printhie Wines."
Ross Hill received a 95 score for its Pinnacle Shiraz and a 96 for its Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon, both from 2017.
Co-owner James Chrissy said they've worked hard to maintain the five star rating for the past seven years.
"It puts a bit of pressure on us - it's the good kind of pressure though," he said.
James Hailliday once again awarded five stars to Swinging Bridges, which had three wines over 95 points.
Halliday awarded the score for Swinging Bridges' Tom Ward Block A Chardonnay,"a wine with exemplary balance", its "trifle more edgy" Tom Ward Hill Park Chardonnay and its Tom Ward Wattleview Orange Pinot Noir "a pretty wine with light, fresh red fruits" - each from 2017.
Rikard Wines William Rikard-Bell received a five- star rating and a Top 10 new wineries award for 2019.
He said there'd been a flurry of sales and interest afterwards but ratings weren't the bee all and end all.
"A lot of our customers are wine savvy and judge for themselves," he said.
"It's a nice acknowledgement from someone who has a strong following around the county - it's recognition for a lot of hard work."
Rikard-Bell received a score over 95 for his 2017 Black Label Chardonnay, Black Label Pinot Noir, his Shiraz and his White Label Pinot Noir all from 2017.
Out at Philip Shaw it was their No.19 Sauvignon Blanc from 2017 and 2018, their No.89 Shiraz and No.17 Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon which got the winery the five stars.
James Halliday named Domaine Naturaliste in the Margaret River his Winery of the Year.
He named Vanya Cullen from Cullen Wines in the Margaret River the Winemaker of the Year.
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