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, growing well at all elevations and producing a diverse range of styles, from crisp and elegant through to robust and full-flavoured. Carefully made regional styles respond well to medium-term cellaring of four to five years.
This variety grows well in Orange’s cool climate, producing aromatic white wines with strong tropical 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.