New vintage reds from Gartelmann

Gartelmann Wines have released their new vintage Orange region Merlot and Mudgee region Cabernet Sauvignon. The new wines, the 2015 Gartelmann ‘Joey’ Merlot and 2015 Gartelmann ‘Jonathan’ Cabernet Sauvignon, continue Jorg and Jan Gartelmann’s philosophy of producing varieties that are best suited to their regions.

“One of the most rewarding aspects of our winemaking is working with grape growers across the Hunter Valley, Orange, Mudgee and Rylstone,” said Jorg. 

“Discovering these vineyards and working with the growers to develop the wines to highlight the regional characteristics really captures our wine philosophy.”

The new Merlot was grown on 15-year-old vines at an elevation of 630 metres. 2015 saw a number of snowfalls in Orange, which evolved into a warm dry spring. While there was substantial rain in January, the vintage developed well with excellent colour and rich fruit flavours.

“This is our second vintage Orange region merlot, with our first awarded the trophy at the Orange Wine Show. This gave us great confidence with the vineyard.

“The grapes were transported to the Hunter Valley, with winemaker Liz Jackson using a combination of new and one to three-year-old French oak puncheons to mature the wine.”

The 2015 Gartelmann ‘Jonathan’ Cabernet Sauvignon, named after Jorg Gartelmann’s grandson, was made from a vineyard block located on the western side of Rylstone at an elevation of 630 metres. “This vintage sits at a similar elevation to many in Orange; cooler and higher than most of the Mudgee vineyards.

“As with Orange, the rains came in January which was worrying. However, from early March to when we picked the grapes in mid-April the weather was dry, ensuring a perfect ripening period.

“Mudgee and Rylstone Cabernet Sauvignon has huge potential, with its fine, long and prominent tannins. The region is arguably one of Australia’s best for the variety. These are wines to have with food; wines with great longevity.”