Printhie Wines have won two of the three gold medals awarded to the Sparkling Class at this year's NSW Wine Awards for their Swift 2013 Vintage and Swift 2011 Blanc de Blancs.
Printhie's Ed Swift said they were "thrilled" with the result.
"It's a big commitment and investment to age traditional method sparkling wines up to 10 years before bringing them to market but it's well worth it when you experience the sparkling," he said.
The Nashdale winery also picked up a gold for its 2021 Mountain Range Sauvignon Blanc, which was recently awarded Best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2021 Orange Wine Show.
Printhie's three gold medals were among seven awarded to Orange region wines or wines made using Orange region grapes.
Heifer Station Wines picked up two golds, one for their 2019 Single Vineyard Home Paddock Shiraz, and the other for their 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, which won Best Wine of the Show at the recent Orange Wine Show Trophy Presentation.
JS Wine - awarded a gold at the NSW Wine Awards in 2020 for their 2018 Reserve Cabernet Franc - won another medal this year, this time for their 2017 The Sunflower Reserve Chardonnay.
Hunter-based winery Pepper Tree Wines' 2021 'Stone Mountain' Single Vineyard Orange Riesling, made using Orange-grown fruit, also picked up a gold medal.
The local gold medalists are now in the running for the top trophies and the honour of being named the best wine in NSW at the 26th annual NSW Wine Awards Presentation Luncheon on at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on Friday.
Entries to the awards were down by about 20 percent statewide this year and Orange's gold medal tally was down substantially from 2020's 18 medals.
Orange wines won about six percent of the total gold medals, compared to about 27 percent last year.
Orange Region Vignerons Association (ORVA) executive officer Charlotte Gundry said the smoke taint from the bushfires affecting the 2020 vintage and the drought prior to that was to blame, as it would have impacted the volume of entries from Orange this year.
This year's vintages were also down substantially in terms of production.
"The other thing that has happened for our brands is that they were inundated with consumers at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 so they probably just don't have the stock," she said.
The Hunter region dominated the gold medals this year, winning 39 of the 84 awarded.
GOLD MEDALS 2021
- Heifer Station 2019 Single Vineyard Home Paddock Shiraz
- Heifer Station 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
- JS Wine 2017 The Sunflower Reserve Chardonnay
- Pepper Tree 2021 'Stone Mountain' Single Vineyard Orange Riesling
- Printhie 2021 Mountain Range Sauvignon Blan
- Printhie Swift 2011 Blanc de Blancs
- Printhie Swift 2013 Vintage
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