Nearly every region is Australia can hang its hat on Shiraz, however as the newly released 2008 Printhie Mount Range Shiraz highlights, the unique growing conditions in Orange and its high elevation vineyard sites has resulted in a distinctive regional, cool climate shiraz.
The style is medium-bodied, with fragrant aromatics and a sweet fruited palate not dominated by big chocolately flavours and heavy oak. The retention of natural acidity from the longer, cooler ripening period results in wines with freshness and vibrancy but not lacking in depth of flavour.
“I love making this style of shiraz”, explains Printhie winemaker Drew Tuckwell. “The key is not letting the grapes get over ripe and to pick when there is freshness in the fruit flavours to ensure you start to gain greater complexity in the fermented wine – hints of spice, licorice, earth. Another important element is a gentle hand with oak – you don’t want to cloud these fruit flavours.”
“The 2008 vintage in Orange was exceptional, with early rains and a cool, dry ripening period allowing us to pick the grapes at exactly the right moment. This was in stark contrast to some of the South Australian regions which battled the heat”.
Ed Swift, co-owner of Printhie, is excited to get the Mountain Range Shiraz in front of consumers. “The fruit is entirely estate grown, we make it in our own winery and we bottle the wine on-site. We have complete control over the style and quality of these wines. We believe that this gives us the ability to consistently deliver great value for money to our customers”, commented Ed.
There has been some debate as to what is the strongest red varietal in the Orange region. There are several contenders but ultimately, at Printhie, the feeling is that it will be shiraz. “There is an increasing interest in cooler climate Shiraz from regions such as Canberra, southern Victoria and Adelaide Hills and the regional Orange style sits well in this company.” Shiraz and shiraz viognier blends are very exciting wines in Orange. There is a great future in this regional style,” added Ed Swift.
Pricing & Distribution:
Printhie 2008 Mountain Range Shiraz $17.00
Printhie wines are distributed throughout NSW by Printhie Wines, Victoria by Westwood Wines, Queensland by TBW Liquor Specialists and in the ACT by Z4 Wines. The wines are also available www.printhiewines.com.au
Shiraz – the new hero variety of the Orange region
David Cumming at Define Wine: 0414 736 342 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ed Swift at Printhie Wines: 0404 467 402, 02 6366 8422 or email@example.com
Drew Tuckwell, winemaker at Printhie Wines: 0421 757 747 or firstname.lastname@example.org