Usually blended, but sometimes produced as single varietal wines, these wines leave no doubt that the Orange region has a temperate climate. The flavours run through the herbaceous and earthy spectrum with dark berry sweetness. They are of medium weight and body and have fine tannins. They can also be very effectively blended with wines from warmer regions such as Mudgee, the Hunter Valley and Cowra.
Chardonnay is a very important wine for this region. The style is a neat balance between fleshy, rich, quick developing warm climate Chardonnay and the ultra fine, slow developing, citrus and cashew style of cooler climates. Melon, fig and nectarine flavours are set in a wine of medium weight and firm acidity, responding well to subtle use of oak and malolactic fermentation. Carefully made regional styles respond well to medium-term cellaring of four to five years.
Intense tropical fruit flavours develop when grown at high elevation above 750 metres (2460.63 feet). The more vigorous soils also produce fruit with a herbaceous character that complements the strong fruit flavours.
This is a recently planted variety showing true varietal flavours and exceptional colour. As in many other regions of Australia, Shiraz is the most widely planted variety in Orange.