Orange’s Patina Wines has released its new vintage signature red blend, the 2016 Patina ‘Jezza’.
The new 2016 Patina ‘Jezza’ is the follow-on vintage to the 2008, showing the level of quality that winemaker and owner Gerald Naef aims for from his vineyard. “We really mean it when we say that we only release the ‘Jezza’ from exceptional vintages,” said Gerald.
“The first Patina ‘Jezza’ was released in 2003 and we have stuck to our objectives of aiming high with this wine; it has to be the best we can produce, and each vintage we look to raise the bar. If we can’t, it won’t be released.”
The 2016 Patina ‘Jezza’ is a blend of Merlot (75%), Cabernet Franc (17%), Cabernet Sauvignon (7%) and Pete Verdot (1%).
“There is great potential for Bordeaux style blends in the Orange region. The better sites produce wines that show delicacy and layers of complexity.
“Merlot Cabernet blends work particularly well and the Cabernet Franc adds another dimension, marrying the back and front palates as well as adding to the intensity and aromatics of the finished wine.
“I look for intensity in flavour, colour, freshness and good tannin structure,” explained Gerald.
Orange had an almost perfect 2016 vintage with excellent rain during winter and spring, leading into a very controlled vintage, with harvest at the optimal ripeness.
The grapes were crushed then cold soaked to extract dark berry flavours before being fermented in vats. The wine was pressed off skins during late ferment and aged in new and older French oak along with one new American barrel, “just to add a little interest.”
Patina Wines was established in 1999 when Gerald and Angie Naef planted a small vineyard in Orange, NSW. Gerald’s interest in winemaking stemmed from his formative years growing up in the Central Valley of California. Having moved to Australia in 1981, Gerald and his family purchased an irrigation property in North West NSW. However, the interest in winemaking continued and in 1999 the Patina Vineyard was established.