Orange

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Orange
Latitude
Altitude
600-900m
Growing Season Rainfall
440mm
Mean January Temperature
19.9ºC
Harvest
Mid March to early May
Wineries
21
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Orange

Orange is one of three wine regions that make up the Central Ranges zone. It lies on the undulating slopes of extinct Mount Canobolas volcano. Unique geology and climate lends distinct characteristics and structure to the wines of Orange. Sauvignon blanc is the regional hero, exhibiting tropical fruit with typically floral and varietal herbaceous tones. Premium, cool climate chardonnay makes wines with elegance and intensity. Red wines include widely planted shiraz, medium bodied cabernet sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir from higher sites. Rose styles are also popular. Aromatic whites include pinot gris, marsanne, gewürztraminer, verdicchio and late harvest riesling. Orange is situated between the regions of Mudgee and Cowra, 250km from Sydney. The undulating countryside is scattered with the cherry, apple and stone fruit groves of traditional orchard land. Commercial viticulture took off in the 1980s to reach over 1,500 ha of vine. The inland region is continental, but benefits from cool temperatures derived entirely from altitude. With elevations of 600-900 metres, Orange is amongst Australia’s highest altitude wine regions. A wide diversity in height, aspect and soil types means site selection is crucial. Frost and Winter snow are the primary viticultural hazards. Soils are rich in basalt and range through deep, well drained clays, various clay loams, volcanics and pockets of terra rossa.

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2013 Cumulus Chasing Clouds Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cumulus Chasing Clouds Cabernet Sauvignon

It doesn't receive the kudos, but Orange is a great place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, with the high altitude (over 1000m in some spots) and rich soils perfect for crafting elegant wines.  This Cumulus Cabernet is a perfect case in point - sou...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2011 Tamburlaine Mark Davidson Organic Sanctuary Farm Chardonnay

2011 Tamburlaine Mark Davidson Organic Sanctuary Farm Chardonnay

While Tamburlaine is probably best known for its Hunter wines, the most interesting tipples come from Tamburlaine's certified organic Orange vineyard. This medium bodied, fresh and brisk Chardonnay shows all of the wonderful acidity that Orange is...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Philip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir

2013 Philip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir

The Orange region of NSW has plenty of potential for pinot noir, and this value offering from Philip Shaw gives an indication to that potential. Smells of strawberries, red cherries, soft spice and touches of earthy savouriness and cedar float out...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Marsanne

2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Marsanne

Marsanne is not exactly the first grape you ask for when you hit the pub, but thanks to people like Tamburlaine experimenting with varieties like this, you now get the opportunity to sample them. It’s a perfumed, aromatic style that is famously bl...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2012 Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

2012 Philip Shaw The Conductor Merlot

Not many would associate the Orange region in NSW with merlot, but the fact is they have been turning out pretty spiffy merlots for a while courtesy of makers like Bloodwood and Philip Shaw. This offering is quite a fruity number, with oak playing...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Cabernet Sauvignon

Tamburlaine are now one of the biggest organic producers of Australian wine. This means that their Hunter Valley or Orange vineyards are not sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and the fruit tastes as nature intended (albeit in liquid form). Or...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2013 Logan Weemala Gewurztraminer

2013 Logan Weemala Gewurztraminer

One thing that Peter Logan knows about is how to make detailed, European style wines and he’s got a soft spot for the wines of Alsace and Germany. This cool Gewurztraminer is testament to those wines and is picked from the higher slopes of Mount C...

Cracka rating70
Region: Orange
2013 Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

2013 Philip Shaw The Idiot Shiraz

If you are looking for a medium-bodied, food-friendly wine at a cracking price, look no further than this spicy beauty from the Orange region of NSW. It's chock full of spicy dark cherries and meaty goodness on the nose, whilst the palate is elega...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Gris

2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris from Orange is going to be the next big thing according to our all-seeing Cracka crystal ball, just remember where you heard it first. Winemaker Duncan Lot is the mastermind behind the Cooks Lot wines. He chooses only the best fruit fro...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Shiraz

2013 Cooks Lot Shiraz

Shiraz is always going to be Australia’s favourite red variety and there’s rarely a winery that does not produce one. You’d think we’d get bored of it but thanks to regional diversity we see so many varying styles from cool to warm climate as well...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Lisa McGuigan Platinum Pinot Gris

2013 Lisa McGuigan Platinum Pinot Gris

Appearance: Pale straw. Nose: Pretty floral notes of nashi pears and a touch of sweet spice. Palate: A rich medium bodied fruit driven style, layers of passionfruit, pears, citrus blossom and musk layer around natural cool climate acidity. Alco...

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Region: Orange
2013 Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc

Wines with altitude is a good way of describing the Philip Shaw brand, not only do they come from one of the highest regions in Australia they are also blessed with the touch of one of the best in the business. This is Savvy to the max with lifted...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Noir

2013 Cooks Lot Pinot Noir

The name of the winery comes from the fact that winemaker Duncan Cook works with individual vineyard ‘Lots’ in order to craft wines that reveal the best of the Mudgee and Orange wine regions. Duncan was formerly a chef for many years eventually tu...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Cooks Lot Sauvignon Blanc

The Orange wine region is producing some of the best cool climate aromatic whites in Australia. Thanks to its high altitude vineyards and superb soil the region is able to make wines that are refined and elegant with vibrant fruit expression. This...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2012 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Chardonnay

2012 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Chardonnay

Making organic wine is not just a trendy statement by Tamburlaine, they are dedicated to the cause and want to ensure that none of their grapes are sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. 

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2011 Philip Shaw No 5 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2011 Philip Shaw No 5 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Here's a wine that needs to spend a few years in the cellar! It's the kind of wine that at first taste, you may not think it's all that, but give it PLENTY of air and you'll start to think a little differently. Aromas of plums, blackcurrants and t...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2008 Stockmans Ridge Rider Merlot

2008 Stockmans Ridge Rider Merlot

No retiring violet of a Merlot here with this wine showing juicy blackberry fruit, rich voluptuous mouthfeel and some fine grainy tannins. Serious Merlot for a serious drink

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cooks Lot Cabernet Sauvignon

Call me old fashioned, but I do love a little Orange Cabernet. Lashing of sweet fruit, earthy, honest hard yakka wines that make you think. And while Duncan Cook is certainly not the biggest winemaker in Mudgee he certainly does turn out some tast...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2011 Philip Shaw No 17 Merlot Cabernet

2011 Philip Shaw No 17 Merlot Cabernet

This is an elegant, svelte style of red that makes for excellent, smooth drinking. Scents of plums, red fruits, mocha and dried herbs set the tone on the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and cuddly, with soft fruit flavours, those dried he...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange