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
41
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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2012 Cumulus Chasing Clouds Merlot

2012 Cumulus Chasing Clouds Merlot

Forget the soft and simple stereotype, this is Cumulus' flagship Merlot - from the cool heights of Orange, this is full of beautiful spicy fruits and supple tannins, with intensity of flavour to burn. A Merlot for grown-ups!

Cracka rating100
Region: Orange
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
2012 Bimbadgen Regions Gewurztraminer

2012 Bimbadgen Regions Gewurztraminer

This is what we call a classic Gewürztraminer, that ticks all the boxes. It's got the lifted aromatics of lychees, musk and red apple with a rounded, mouth filling low acid palate with some sweetness to finish.

Cracka rating70
Region: Orange
2011 Logan Cabernet Merlot

2011 Logan Cabernet Merlot

The wines of Logan get us excited. While based in Mudgee the Logan’s source the majority of their fruit from Orange and have helped put the Central Ranges back on the map thanks to superbly crafted wines. The fruit for this blend was sourced from ...

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
2011 Philip Shaw No 8 Pinot Noir

2011 Philip Shaw No 8 Pinot Noir

If anyone can get pinot noir right in the Orange region, it's Philip Shaw. This is a sterling effort for the year, and shows smells of red berries, earthiness and subtle rose florals on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied and quite tight, with m...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2011 Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz

2011 Philip Shaw No 89 Shiraz

This is a cracking little sheeraz out of the Orange region! Yes, we know everyone says 2011 was not a great year, however, there are exceptions to the rule, and this is one of them. Aromas of plums, red cherries, pepper spice and vanilla rise from...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Shiraz

2013 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Shiraz

What’s not to love about Shiraz? Or wine in general for that matter. We think you’ll love this Shiraz from Hunter winery Tamburlaine. To start with it’s organic so if you are a tree hugging alternative type you’ll relish the taste even more. It’s ...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2014 Allandale Single Vineyard Chardonnay

2014 Allandale Single Vineyard Chardonnay

Hailing from the NSW region of Orange, this earlier-drinking chardy would be a great addition to Sunday lunch with barbequed chicken. Tropical smells of melons, stone fruits and citrus float out of the glass, together with hints of dairy and vanil...

Cracka rating70
Region: Orange
2013 Bimbadgen Ridge Chardonnay

2013 Bimbadgen Ridge Chardonnay

Remember those early stylish Chardonnays that just tasted of fresh, peachy fruit without a hint of butter or oak. Well this is a carbon copy - bright, pure and made for early drinking.

Cracka rating70
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Chardonnay

2013 Cooks Lot Chardonnay

It's a much underrated beast is Orange Chardonnay, a wine/grape combination that is not all that sexy in theory yet provides quite a deal of drinking pleasure. In this instance the joy is in the balance between nectarine/white peach richness and t...

Cracka rating80
Region: Orange
2012 Logan Shiraz

2012 Logan Shiraz

Orange shines like a beacon as a region for cool climate wines and one of the kings of cool is winemaker Peter Logan. The Logan name has become synonymous with turning out wines that are imbued with subtlety and finesse, influenced by the old worl...

Cracka rating60
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Merlot

2013 Cooks Lot Merlot

If you like Merlot, you’ll like this one a lot. It’s the cook’s Lot Merlot sourced from Orange. This is the kind of fruit forward red you want on hand for any kind of mid week dinner. By that we mean it’s going to win lots of friends at the dinner...

Cracka rating80
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 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
2013 Logan Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Logan Sauvignon Blanc

Wonderful packaging and delicious wine - there is much to like about this Sauvignon Blanc. Sourced from Peter Logan's high altitude Orange vineyards, this has wonderful purity and refreshment with a long and delicious snappy palate. High quality S...

Cracka rating60
Region: Orange
2013 Philip Shaw No 11 Chardonnay

2013 Philip Shaw No 11 Chardonnay

The No 11 chardy has been a good wine for a few years now, and this one continues its success. Cool aromas of grapefruits, white stone fruits and cashews decorate the nose, whilst the palate is peachy and a touch savoury, with licks of toasty oak,...

Cracka rating90
Region: Orange
2013 Cooks Lot Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Cooks Lot Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

A dry, fresh, neutral dry white wine this one, showcasing the freshness of cool climate fruit with just a little sweetness. We may have roadtested this very wine with lemongrass chicken and can confirm it's simple drinkability...

Cracka rating70
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