Thursday, March 21, 2019

Nobody says it better than Bill

Even though it was the middle of vintage we were fortunate enough to score a private tasting with owner Bill Shrapnel [thank you Leigh]
The passion he has for his block of paradise a kilometer above sea level is best expressed in his own words:

We tasted nine wines and I scored eight of them at my maximum score. I'd recommend them as "must tastes" to everyone. The star is probably his riesling but then again his gewurztraminer is possibly the most perfectly balanced I've ever tasted. Then there's his Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc which are all outstanding.

Colmar Estate is at 790 Pinnacle Rd, Orange NSW
Ph 0419 977 270
Cellar door 1030 to 1700 Sat and Sun. Other times by appointment 

A MUST visit Cellar Door in Orange NSW

Rowlee produce a small range of outstanding premium wines at high altitude in Orange. As dazzling as their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay are, their 2018 Arneis really stood out for me. It's as good as I've tasted anywhere in the world. It's a delicate, yet powerful dry white with a tantalising perfumed nose that follows through on the palate. 

I'm not a huge fan of the Fume Blanc style but Rowlee's 2017 is talented winemaking with the perfect marriage of fruit and oak which raises it well above a mere wooded sauvignon blanc. On top of that you'll love the cellar door experience. Wonderful hosts who are passionate about their contribution to establishing Orange as one of the premium wine regions in Australia.

Check for cellar door opening times plus they do lunch by prior arrangement
19 Lake Canobolas Rd Orange NSW 2800
ph 02 6365 3047