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March 27th 2014

Riesling - Orange’s unsung hero

With grapes sourced from a vineyard on the lofty slopes of Orange’s Mount Canobolas, Printhie wines have recently released its new 2013 Printhie Mount Canobolas Collection (MCC) Riesling ($26).

“Riesling was one of the first varieties planted in the Orange region,” explained Printhie’s Dave Swift.  “However, it doesn’t tend to get the recognition that it deserves, unlike Orange Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.”

“These older vineyards are producing fantastic Riesling.  Our 2013 MCC Riesling is from a new grower, with a vineyard on the slopes of Mount Canobolas at an elevation of an incredible 1000 metres.”

“This is a real coup for Printhie. The owner is a like-minded grower, and is keen to work with our winemaker Drew Tuckwell to get the absolute best out of this vineyard.”

As with all the Printhie MCC Range, the Riesling is a limited, single vineyard wine.  It is a reserve style; regionally distinctive fruit flavours, texture and structure.

“We are striving for that fine balance between sugar and acid,” said Drew. “This extremely high, 1,021 metre vineyard is giving us aromatic intensity, layering and complexity with typical Riesling fragrance; everything we’re looking for in a Reserve wine.”

“The key to our MCC Riesling is fruit purity and this is derived from the vineyard site. Riesling needs to be grown on not too rich a site with well draining soils and well-managed cropping levels.  The terroir ensures much of the rest; good acidity levels and pristine flavour profiles.”

The 2013 vintage marked the tenth anniversary for Printhie. Although the estate vineyards were planted in 1996, it was not until 2004 that the brand was making wine in it’s 350 tonne winery outside of Orange.  Over time, the winery has extended and grown and now handles 500 tonne of grapes from its own vineyards, and that of its grape grower partners.

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