The Orange wine region has cleaned up at the 2019 ICC Sydney NSW Wine Awards claiming 14 gold medals.
The golden glory was shared between Orange wineries which grow and make wines in the region and wineries based in Mudgee and the Hunter Valley who used Orange fruit to make their wines.
As part of the 72 gold medallists across NSW named on Wednesday the Orange wines will now be in the running for the major trophies to be awarded at the NSW Wine Awards luncheon in Sydney on Friday October 18, soon after the Orange Wine Show judging.
Printhie Wines and Ross Hill Wines each scored two gold medals while Angullong Wines and See Saw Wines each received a gold medal.
Hunter Valley-based Tamburlaine Organic Wines collected four gold medals plus a further gold for a reserve syrah wine that used both Orange and Hunter Valley fruit.Tulloch Wines, also from the Hunter, won gold while Mudgee-based Gilbert Family Wines scored two gold medals.
Philip Shaw Wines' 2018 Number 08 pinot noir was among the winners.
Winery managing director Damian Shaw said the wine, bottled in January, sold for $45 which put it in the middle of their price range.
It is almost a coming of age story [for Orange].Nicole Samodol, Orange Region Vignerons Association president
"Pinot is an important part of the Orange wine region and it is an important part of our winemaking," he said.
Mr Shaw said the vineyard was celebrating its 30th anniversary and pinot noir had been an important part of that history.
Orange Region Vignerons Association president Nicole Samodol said it was "an amazing result" for Orange.
Ms Samodol said the gold medals had been spread across a range of wine varieties including pinot noir, pinot grigio, riesling, sparking, shiraz and red blends.
"It is almost a coming of age story [for Orange]," she said.
"We are now a region that not only grows amazing fruit but we're now at the top of our game in producing great wine," she said.
The wines were judged over three days by 16 judges from across Australia who tasted about 900 wines.
About 520 will receive medals including the 72 announced this week.
Ms Samodol said Orange region wineries, including several smaller operations, had also been awarded about 10 silver and 20 bronze medals at this show.
Chair of the judges, Dave Brookes, singled out Orange wine for mention in his comments.
"Current release rieslings from Orange and Mudgee showed these regions can deliver just as much balance and finesse as the fine examples from Canberra," he said.
Shiraz, with 193 entries, formed the biggest category at the 2019 show.
And the region's gold medal winners are:
- Angullong 2019 Pinot Grigio
- Gilbert 2012 Riesling
- Gilbert 2019 Pet Nat Riesling
- Philip Shaw Wines 2018 No. 08 Pinot Noir
- Printhie Wines Swift NV Rose No.3 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
- Printhie Wines Swift 2012 Vintage Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
- Ross Hill Wines 2015 Pinnacle Shiraz
- Ross Hill Wines 2017 Tom & Harry Cabernet Sauvignon
- See Saw Organic 2019 Samm Sauvignon Blanc / Marsanne
- Tamburlaine 2018 Marlowe Act One Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon
- Tamburlaine 2018 Orange Reserve Malbec
- Tamburlaine 2018 Wine Lovers GSM
- Tamburlaine 2019 Riesling
- Tulloch 2019 Cellar Door Release Vermentino.
- Tamburlaine 2018 Hunter Valley Reserve Syrah, Hunter Valley/Orange
- Renzaglia Wines 2018 Mount Panorama Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Ranges
- Windowrie 2018 Pig in the House Shiraz, Cowra
- Ballinaclash 2018 Ned Touriga, Hilltops
- McWilliam's Wines 2018 660 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Hilltops
- Robert Stein 2017 Reserve Single Vineyard Riesling and 2019 Dry Riesling, Mudgee
- Vinifera 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mudgee.
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