Angullong reds from contrasting vintages

With a challenging 2019 vintage safely in the winery, Angullong Wines have released two new vintage reds, the 2016 Angullong Cabernet Sauvignon ($22) and 2017 Angullong Shiraz ($22).

Angullong Wines, Orange NSW

“2019 was a relatively small vintage compared with 2016 and 2017,” said Angullong’s Ben Crossing. “The quality however was great; and yields were down. It was an unusually dry winter causing us to commence irrigating the vines pre-budburst.

“The berries and the bunch sizes were smaller than average but the aromatics and flavours in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio are fantastic and the reds are all looking extremely promising.

“In contrast, our 2016 Angullong Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of the best years in the 21-year history of our vineyard. 

“It started well as the soil moisture was near perfect after good winter rainfall. The season was true to the region, with warm days and cool nights during the ripening period. It allowed us to pick the fruit on our terms rather than be dictated by weather conditions.

“The 2017 Shiraz is from a vintage that was unusually cool, following our wettest winter on record in 2016. After a few bogged tractors it did eventually dry out, with the grapes ripening a bit later than normal resulting in lovely varietal flavours across all the varieties.”

This snapshop of three vintages highlights the vicissitudes of farming. “From too much rain to drought conditions the management of the vineyard is an ever-changing arena; it’s all part of the challenge of winegrowing.”

These wines, along with the entire portfolio are now being distributed in New South Wales by Fisher Fine Wines. “We’re excited to have recently joined with Daryl Fisher and his team in NSW. The wines continue to gain good traction in the market and we’re looking forward to working with him to take the brand to the next level.”