Mudgee’s Lowe Wines has recently released two new 2011 vintage wines, the 2011 Louee Chardonnay ($25) and 2011 Louee Riesling ($25). Both these wines are from Mudgee’s highest vineyard, Nullo Mountain that sits at an impressive elevation of 1100 metres.
The new vintage wines form part of Lowe’s single vineyard Louee Range. The Louee vineyard is located at Rylstone, on the south eastern boundary of the Mudgee GI, a genuine sub region of Mudgee.
“No where in Mudgee can produce wines of this style,” explained Lowe Winemaker and owner David Lowe. “The elevation of the vineyard and its subsequent high sunshine hours offers the vines increased ultra-violet light which can increase the levels of phenolics that build flavour and mouth feel.”
Slow Summer Festival: Dragon Boats paddling for Charity
With the weather continuing to improve and the holidays looming, Orange’s Slow Summer Festival offers residents and visitors the chance to relax and enjoy a day of healthy outdoor entertainment at Lake Canobolas with ‘A Day @ the Beach’.
‘A Day @ the Beach’ is one of the major events of the 2012 Slow Summer Festival and features a raft of family amusement including the inaugural Dragon Boat Challenge, Orange Bush Nippers, the Great Lilo Race and the Amazing Mystery Quest.
The Dragon Boat Challenge is being organised by Orange’s ‘Colour City Dragons’ with funds raised from team sponsorship and donations supporting a range of local charities.
Three top winegrowers unite to bring awareness to a forgotten variety
Australian Verdelho was found to be ‘the alternative variety we already have’ according to a recent tasting panel for the Wine & Viticulture Journal. In an effort to bring more consumer awareness to this forgotten wine variety the three award-winning Verdelho winegrowers named for their 2011 vintage - Windowrie The Mill, Bleasdale Potts’s Catch and Tamburlaine organic wines – have banded together to help create an upsurge of interest for a wine that has been described as ‘rivalling the likes of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay’.
In Australia Verdelho first appeared in the 1820’s and was historically grown in the Hunter Valley. According to the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia, 12,416 tonnes of Verdelho was crushed in the 2010 vintage1. Winegrowers Windowrie, Tamburlaine and Bleasdale believe its appeal would grow if more consumers gave it a try.
“For the past 20 years winemakers have offered Verdelhos which are too sweet. The unoaked and dry nature of these three Verdelhos rival the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris styles that proliferate the market these days,” says Mark Davidson, winemaker Tamburlaine.
Orange Slow Summer Program: Junior Chef Masterclass
Momentum continues to build for the upcoming 2012 Orange Slow Summer Festival. With the release of the 2012 Slow Summer program, there has been growing interest in the broad range of events.
One of the key events for 2012 is the Junior Masterclassses. Hosted by renowned Orange chef Lindl Taylor, budding young cooks will have the opportunity to learn and be inspired by Masterchef winner Kate Bracks and Masterchef celebrity Merle Parish.
“We will be holding three sessions, hosting up to 18 children and teenagers,” explained Lindl. “It’s a great reflection of the support that we have in Orange that both Merle and Kate have offered their time to work with these groups.”
Relaxing summer weekends in Cowra lend themselves to a light lunch and wine tasting at one of the region’s oldest buildings, the Windowrie Cellar Door.
Located right in the heart of Cowra, the 150 year old Mill will be opening over summer for lunches, coffee and wine tastings, as well as showcasing a broad range of the region’s fabulous local produce.
Mudgee is one of Australia’s oldest wine growing regions. Wines have been made in this NSW region continuously since 1858. It was however during the 1960s that a renaissance took place, with the establishment of a number of family owned brands that extended the plantings.
The Burnbrae site was identified in 1968 for its viticultural advantages. Translating as ‘the sloping field down to a stream’, Burnbrae sits at 600 metres elevation, with good seasonal rainfall and well-drained soils derived from the shale and slate.
The current Burnbrae winery sits beside the original site of the open-air winery, which was arranged beneath an established peppercorn tree. The peppercorn tree is still a key feature of the picturesque Burnbrae cellar door and cottages.
Celebrate the holidays with Waipara Hills Southern Cuvée and Marlborough Cuvée
New Zealand’s Waipara Hills will once again be leading the holiday celebrations with their 100% pure, Southern Cuvée and Marlborough Cuvée.
These two sparkling wines capture the soul of the New Zealand’s south, with fresh, crisp and zesty expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
The Waipara Hills winery is located in the idyllic setting of North Canterbury, on New Zealand’s South Island. The Marlborough Cuvée, named for the region from where the grapes are grown, is literally a sparkling version of Australia’s favourite wine; Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Orange businesses lay plans to ease accommodation burden
Key stakeholders within the Orange and surrounding region met today to discuss the management of the region’s short and long term accommodation crisis.
The extremely positive meeting brought together Orange City Council, Cabonne Council, Taste Orange, Newcrest Mining, Western NSW Local Health District (Mental Health), Charles Sturt University, University of Sydney, Central West Business Chamber and Orange Real Estate Agency representatives.
“It was a very constructive meeting, and exciting to see the Real Estate agents gathered together, reflecting their interest in developing a partnership with other businesses in the region,” commented Rhonda Sear, Taste Orange Executive Officer.