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The Snow Line Rosé

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A field blend of 45% pinot noir, 40% pinot meunier
and 15% pinot gris. Pressed gently to minimise
colour and extract only the finest grape tannins.
Then fermented in tank and old French oak
barriques at warmer temperatures to develop
complexity and texture.

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Pale salmon colour. This is no red lollipop wine. Strawberries from the noir, earthiness from the meunier and apple/pear from the gris, this wine has enticing fruit complemented by flint and nutty elements from fermentation and old oak. Delicate tannins and a dry finish complete this wine.

– New Release

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MR Sparkling Chardonnay Brut 18

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The Orange region has tremendous potential for sparkling wine due to its high elevation, cool climate and fantastic resource of chardonnay. The region has many similar climatic traits as Tasmania which is well recognised for its sparkling wine. This wine, being 100% chardonnay, has very clear citrus flavours and some complex apple and yeast derived nougat. There is a lively, fine bubble and a very approachable acid/dosage balance, inviting another taste.

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Sourced from a single vineyard block of chardonnay ideally suited to sparkling wine as it is at 900m above sea level and faces east, so has a naturally cool meso-climate. The grapes were quickly processed, the juice clarified through cold settling followed by a cool fermentation. The malolactic fermentation was prevented to retain acidity and freshness but the wine remained on its yeast lees for six months to add complexity.

– Drew Tuckwell - Winemaker

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Super-Duper Chardonnay 13

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Chardonnay in the high elevation, cool climate conditions of Orange has long been a quality performer, producing arguably the region’s most consistent quality wine style with distinctive regional characteristics. Printhie first produced chardonnay in 2004 and in the 2008 vintage produced its first reserve chardonnay – the Mt. Canobolas Collection (MCC) Chardonnay. This is a wine that has earned high praise from many wine reviewers from its first vintage and has won great favour with our customers.

We had a desire to see how we could continue to evolve the chardonnay style and we wanted to produce a wine that would sit comfortably amongst the great marques of Australian chardonnay. The MCC Chardonnay always looked very lithe, sometimes restrained compared to some of the great marques of Australian chardonnay. We were looking for more power, more fruit richness but maintaining the elegance and freshness that is the hallmark of Orange chardonnay.

We selected particular vineyards and particular batches of fruit from those vineyards as potential sources for the Super-Duper chardonnay. We selected particular sorts of barrels to be matched with the fruit of these grape batches with French oak from particular forests and toasted in a particular way. The wine was fermented in our traditional method. Following whole bunch pressing (no crushing of the fruit), the juice was fermented with lots of grape solids using wild yeast in 100% French oak (new and older) with warmer temperatures than normal (up to 24oC) to encourage complexity. Following fermentation, the yeast lees that settle to the bottom of the barrel were stirred up regularly (batonage) to keep them suspended so that as they break down, they too add complexity to the wine. The wine was left un-sulphured over the winter and was only sulphured when the wine began to warm up in the spring and this was to prevent any further malolactic fermentation (the conversion of malic acid to the softer lactic acid).

The wine you taste from the bottle is a result of a blending exercise of all the potential wine batches from their specific barrels. After many sessions at the tasting bench over two days, the final blend was settled upon. Surprisingly, it included three different vineyards and 70% of the wine came from new barrels – twice the normal percentage of the MCC Chardonnay, which is usually a single vineyard wine. As always at Printhie, we are on the quest for balance in our wines. At 70% new oak, you might think that the balance was in jeopardy. However, such is the quality and complexity of the fruit and savoury elements of the wine, it comfortably retains its balance, vitality and elegance. Like most, high quality chardonnays, this wine will retain its freshness for many years and will slowly build complexity as it ages and evolves in the bottle. At two years old, it tastes like it was bottled only yesterday.

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Super-Duper Syrah 13

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Our shiraz (syrah) vines are traditionally cane pruned. We were trialling changing a small section of the vineyard over to an alternative form of pruning – spur pruning. This small section of vineyard had a fairly small grape yield and we wanted to keep it separate from the rest of the fruit in the vineyard. So we invited lots of local friends to bring their families out to help us hand harvest the grapes in return for a BBQ lunch.

We harvested just one tonne of grapes. The grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and then fermented in 2 small bins. After pressing they was just enough wine to fill 2 barrels (600 litres) which were new in the previous vintage. They completed full malolactic fermentation in barrel and then rested quietly over the winter. As the wines warmed up in the following spring we began to realise we had a very different wine to the rest of the shiraz we had vinified. These two barrels were intensely aromatic with strong floral and pepper spice characteristics with a palate structure that appeared to be the antithesis of the rich and robust Aussie shiraz style. Fresh acidity, long supple tannins with a less-is-more approach to complexity – less in-your-face impact, more complexity to enliven the palate. It appeared to us that this wine was indeed worthy of remaining separate to our other shiraz batches. It was so individual and had so much character it would have been a shame to have blended it away.

So now the Super-Duper Chardonnay had a partner. We decided to give it the ‘Syrah’ moniker as the style of wine was far more reflective of the French syrah style than Australian shiraz. The Super-Duper Syrah will be a new experience for many drinkers of traditional Australian shiraz, yet it represents a delightful and intriguing expression of this variety.

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MCC Riesling 17

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We are very pleased with the palate acid-sugar balance achieved in this wine. The residual sugar gives aromatic lift, fullness and richness on the palate and the acid cleans up the structure so there is no hint of cloying sweetness. It’s a classic example of the fine line of acid and richness producing a scintillating balance on the palate. Excellent aromatic intensity with typical riesling fragrance. Pure fruit definition on the palate with terrific intensity and richness.

Cellar for 10 years | 12.5% Alc. | 7.4 Std Drinks

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This wine strikes for the balance between sugar and acid with aplomb, and reveals candied orange, spices and ginger, with a generous texture; long and almost luscious, with a little grip to conclude. An excellent wine for spicy Asian foods.

– New Release

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MR Sauvignon Blanc 17

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Orange region sauvignon blanc is quite distinctive and Orange is one of Australia’s leading region for the variety. This wine exhibits unmistakable sauvignon blanc aroma and flavour. Intense, lifted fruit in the passionfruit, floral, citrus spectrum with a cut grass edge to it. But a few winemaking techniques have added to the mid-palate weight and texture. Balanced acidity provides freshness and length. The extra maturation time has done wonders by avoiding shrill acidity and enhancing depth of flavour.

Cellar for 2 year | 12.5% Alc. | 7.8 Std Drinks

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MCC Sauvignon Blanc 17

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The wine remains identifiably sauvignon blanc. The intensity of the fruit is toned down a little but this allows other, more subtle characters to come through. It is not about impact, it is about texture, richness and complexity. The character of the wine creeps up on you, so don’t drink it in too much of a hurry.

Cellar for 5 years | 13.5% Alc. | 7.9 Std Drinks

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The full green-straw colour in part reflects full barrel fermentation in 2- and 6- year-old oak, with wild yeast and cloudy juice battonage and possibly some mlf. This is certainly way out in left field, with a funky bouquet, but an unexpectedly juicy/fruity palate. Won’t appeal to all, but it works for me.

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MR Pinot Gris 18

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The complexity of the wine is built up during maturation through some lees (solids) stirring and partial malo which contributes to a creamy mid-palate texture. A good line of acid assists in holding the fruit on the palate and giving the wine length. Richness will develop over time.

Cellar for 5 years | 13.0% Alc. | 7.7 Std Drinks

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One hundred percent estate grown; some mlf, oak and lees are used to build texture and complexity and does succeed. There is the full gambit of pear, peach and spice in the wine.

– Drew Tuckwell - Winemaker

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MCC Chardonnay 17

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This is a single vineyard wine from the Balmoral H Block planted more than 20 years ago. Hand picked, minimal handling, no acid, fining or enzymes. High solids juice, 100% wild ferment, 100% barrel ferment, 30% new French oak, lees stirring, no sulphur during barrel maturation (10 months). Due to the cool season and resulting high acid a greater proportion of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation to obtain better palate balance. Characterful, modern, complex chardonnay.

Cellar for 6 years | 13.0% Alc. | 7.7 Std Drinks

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A single vineyard wine, barrel-fermented with wild yeast, and taken through mlf to reduce acidity. Sophisticated winemaking as produced a very elegant and well-balanced wine, with all the length one would wish for.

– 94 points - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

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MR Chardonnay 18

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This is not a big style of chardonnay. Having said that there are some generous, ripe fruit flavours and the subtle influence of oak and other winemaking techniques. A lactic mid-palate adds texture, lively natural acidity maintains freshness. It’s the style of chardonnay to win back those drinkers that got tired of big, rich, oaky chardonnays.

Cellar for 5 years | 13.5% Alc. | 8.0 Std Drinks

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Part barrel-, part tank- fermented; part wild yeast, part cultured yeast; partial mlf; fine lees and stirring. It’s a very complex and attractive wine, it’s fruit running from grapefruit to stone fruit, the oak balanced, the length admirable.

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MR Merlot 17

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Unlike a lot of merlots, there is good aromatic intensity in a wine with plenty of character. Ripe fruit shows red berries, cassis, a hint of floral, almost turkish delight & subtle cedar from oak maturation. A firm structure with fine tannins carry the flavours through to the finish. The balance is spot-on allowing for immediate enjoyment. Distinctly varietal.

Cellar for 5 years | 14.0% Alc. | 8.3 Std Drinks

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Sourced entirely from estate grown fruit. Printhie has new generation clones 8R and Q45-14. These produce distinctive varietal flavours with greater intensity.

– Dave Swift

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MCC Shiraz 14

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This is a very aromatic, medium-bodied wine with lifted black pepper spice and generous red berry fruit flavours. There is complexity from elegant fine-grained French oak that lingers in the background. The palate shows some good complexity with charcuterie, a hint of chocolate and cedar. The fine acid-tannin balance keeps the wine bright, fresh and textural.

Cellar for 10 years | 13.5% Alc. | 8.0 Std Drinks

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There is a fineness and elegance to this wine that is almost the antithesis of Australian Shiraz. It is very reflective of the Orange region.

– Drew Tuckwell - Winemaker

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MR Shiraz 16

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From a cooler vintage, this is a fragrant, spice driven wine along with some juicy red verging on black berry fruit. Complexity is showing through background cedary oak, chocolate and earthiness. Mid-palate richness is building with time. Tannins are long, fine and quite approachable allowing early drinking or the chance of developing greater complexity with time in the cellar.

Cellar for 6 years | 13.5% Alc. | 8.6 Std Drinks

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Medium-bodied as is typical of the Orange region.

– Drew Tuckwell - Winemaker

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MR Cabernet Sauvignon 16

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Fruit, oak and earthiness all compete for aromatic attention. Therefore there is a good level of complexity. The fruit profile is distinctively cabernet with blackcurrant, red berries, choc-mint, a hint of leaf. The oak is cedary with some toast and vanilla. Tannins, often more forceful in cabernet than other varieties, have a lovely sense of balance. They are dry and carry the flavour down the palate.

Cellar for 8 years | 14.0% Alc. | 8.3 Std Drinks

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Sourced entirely from estate grown fruit. We find cabernet ripens very nicely at these lower elevations. We get full, ripe flavours that retain distinctive cooler grown varietal characteristics.

– Drew Tuckwell - Winemaker

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Swift Family Heritage 10

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The wine is developing a lovely cross over between fruit freshness and bottle age complexity. Violet and plum from the merlot with blackcurrant, tobacco leaf and earthiness from the cabernet. Lovely balance and structure with fine-grained tannins. Combines richness and elegance.

Cellar for a further 6 years | 14.0% Alc. | 8.3 Std Drinks

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Selected parcels of fruit from the oldest estate vineyard blocks. Close attention to extraction during fermentation to achieve balance and structure.

– 94 points - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

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