THE Cumulus 2008 shiraz was named one of the top 10 syrah/shirazs in the world at the Syrah du Monde Awards, held at Ampuis Castle in France earlier this month.
The wine was also awarded one of 34 gold medals presented at the event.
Cumulus winemaker Debbie Lauritz said she was thrilled with the results.
The shiraz was selected by a highly experienced panel of judges.
“I’m also just really happy to see Orange included alongside the most famous shiraz wine-growing regions in the world,” Ms Lauritz said.
She attributes some of the wine’s success to the soil and weather conditions of the region.
“As winegrowers we fiercely believe in the quality of the Orange wine region and our vineyards,” she said.
“The Cumulus vineyard was established in the early 1990s and rises to 620 metres, making it high-elevation and cool-climate.
“The fully mature vines are deeply planted on ancient soils some 450 million years old.
“The limestone base is overlaid by volcanic-derived basalt from the now-dormant Mount Canobolas and this ancient combination of well-drained soils produces vines of unique fruit strength and character.
“Orange’s fabulous high-UV sunshine and altitudinal drop in night temperature also helps, creating wines with linear structure and cool-climate spice notes.”
Cumulus only produces small lots of shiraz when the quality is deemed high enough.
This year’s Syrah du Monde Awards brought together nearly 400 wines from 24 countries, with six countries named in the top 10 including France, South Africa, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria and Australia.