Chapter 19: High Altitude Wine Tasting in Orange...

    Orange is one of Australia’s youngest wine regions and it’s highest in altitude which means hot days and cool nights. The difference between the daytime and nighttime temperature is called the diurnal range, and the bigger the difference the more interesting the flavours are that develop in the grapes so as you can imagine Orange is an exciting place for wine growers. It has the feel of a small farming community which is exactly what it was not long ago, however wine is starting to bring tourists to the area.

 

Orange is one of Australia’s youngest wine regions and it’s highest in altitude which means hot days and cool nights. The difference between the daytime and nighttime temperature is called the diurnal range, and the bigger the difference the more interesting the flavours are that develop in the grapes so as you can imagine Orange is an exciting place for wine growers. It has the feel of a small farming community which is exactly what it was not long ago, however wine is starting to bring tourists to the area.

    The grapes on the left are juicy Malbec ready to pick, these were very tasty indeed. I tried some incredible Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet France and Shiraz in Orange but I think that Sauvignon Blanc in the one to watch. This was my first taste of Sancerre style wine in Australia and it was beautifully textured with tropical fruit, whereas other examples were more floral with citrus and passionfruit characters and were free of the typical grassiness you often find in Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

 

The grapes on the left are juicy Malbec ready to pick, these were very tasty indeed. I tried some incredible Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet France and Shiraz in Orange but I think that Sauvignon Blanc in the one to watch. This was my first taste of Sancerre style wine in Australia and it was beautifully textured with tropical fruit, whereas other examples were more floral with citrus and passionfruit characters and were free of the typical grassiness you often find in Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.