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Ross Hill Wines

Ross Hill Wines was established in the wine region of Orange in 1994 when Terri and Peter Robson planted 12 hectares of vines on their Griffin Road property, a short distance west of Orange at an elevation of alt. 750 to 850 metres focusing on the Red and Chardonnay varieties.

They were joined by their son James and wife Chrissy in 2006 to continue their hard work, passion and dedication to producing exceptional quality and elegantly refined, cool climate Wines. The Ross Hill winery at Wallace Lane has a further 5 hectares of vine planted there at an even higher elevation of alt. 1018m - making it one of the highest and coldest vineyards in Australia.

The Wallace Lane vineyard soils are particularly rich with basalt growing at a closer proximity to the extinct volcanic slopes of Mount Canobolas. The Wallace Lane vines produce our Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. We have a height match to compliment all of our varieties through our own vineyards and specific grapes sourced from other growers within the Orange Region.

All 17ha of Ross Hill vine are handled with the utmost care by being hand pruned to maintain the exceptional quality and flavour that carry through to our wines.

“We are seeing a substantial increase in demand for cooler climate wines, and so we are now working with growers within Orange in order to make these light, ripe and zesty wines.  They are quintessentially Orange and give consumers an insight into the nature of the region’s wines.” Explains Phil Kerney.



WINE MAKING

The wine making approach of Ross Hill’s wine maker Phil Kerney stems from 20 years of research both locally and internationally. His many years of travel helped him formulate his style via ancient techniques and modern quality control designed to balance the complex wines.

Phil makes stunning wines that have a heart & soul... that demonstrate a complex structure... yet are harmonious... rich and luscious... mouthfilling and balanced.

Phil’s design of the Ross Hill Wine range celebrates the spectrum of the Orange Region Terroir with the wines he produces bringing out its best effect.

“The Orange region is Australia’s only region which is determined by elevation” says Phil. “The lowest vineyards sit at around 600 metres and the highest, along Wallace Lane, at 1100 metres.”

The wines of Orange are distinctly cool climate, with bright natural acidity, with complex and intense fruit flavours.  Balance, structure and texture are the hallmark of Ross Hill wines.



THE WINERY

The Ross Hill Wine Group winery is of world class standard. Originally an apple packing shed, the winery sits within the heart of Orange’s apple orchards, along the picturesque Wallace Lane.  “We have world-class quality control systems that ensure we can capture the essence and pristine quality of the grapes during vintage.” The winery was fitted with a custom design and technology that best compliments Phil Kerney’s winemaking methods.



ROSS HILL WINES VINTAGE OVERVIEW - Phil Kerney

 

Table1. Prepared using Andrew Pirie’s growing season temperature category method.

Vintage Overview 2012

As indicated in the chart above, 2012 was a cool vintage, and only 30% wetter than average, compared with the deluge in 2011... that rain fell in spring and late season only for whites. March and April were moist but not wet.

This means concentrated, lifted aromatic reds from mid altitudes such as the great Griffin Rd Vineyard. Experiments with whole bunches in Shiraz have amplified these characteristics and the Ross Hill reds across the range show a blinding return to top form, with nods to what is to follow in 2013.

Vintage Overview 2013

Again from Mr Pirie’s magic chart, we see clearly a dry, warm season in 2013.

This played perfectly into our hands as we now have the Wallace Lane Vineyard (Alt. 1018m) producing Pinot Noir ( Steady folks, you will have to wait ‘til July/Sept ’14. But it WILL be worth it.), Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc.

With the lower altitude Griffin Rd site, focusing on reds and Chardonnay, we have a height match for all varieties.

In a nutshell, 2013 is a vintage where we were able to get the best of everything.

The whites are complex, clear and powerful, the sophisticated 2013 Pinnacle Chardonnay, svelte Sauv Blanc and seductive Pinot Gris our best yet.

Looking forward…  don’t forget those monster reds lurking in barrel waiting to impress.

Vintage 2014 To Date looks cooler and wetter on paper, but will probably parallel 2013 once all the numbers are in.



AWARDS & INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

James Halliday rated Ross Hill Wines Five Red Stars in his recently released 2014 Australian Wine Companion an accolade that places Ross Hill into the top 4.9% of Australian Wineries awarded as such.

A five red star rating lends itself to only the outstanding wineries who regularly produce wines of exemplary quality and typicity. These wineries will have at least two wines rated at 94 points or above by Halliday, and have had a five-star rating for the previous two years.

Other exciting news for Ross Hill during the past 12 months includes the 2012 Pinnacle Chardonnay being placed in the top 10 in Australia by Huon Hooke and top 12 by James Halliday.


Other awards include:

Ross Hill Pinnacle 2011 Chardonnay - barrels over the 2013 Orange Show:

• Best Chardonnay

• Best White wine

• Best Overall wine of Show


2013 WINEWISE SMALL VIGNERON AWARDS

Gold Medal Winner - 2009 Ross Hill Vintage Brut


The 2013 National Cool Climate Wine Show was a great success for Ross Hill with the following results:

• Top Chardonnay Trophy - 2011 Pinnacle Chardonnay

• Central West Best Wine Trophy - 2011 Pinnacle Chardonnay

• Silver - Vintage Brut

• Bronze - Sammy and Maddy Rose

• Bronze - Pinnacle Shiraz

• The Ross Hill



OTHER INTERESTING FACTS

Ross Hill prides its self on our environmental policy and approaches all aspects of our wine production process by adopting sustainability principles - from the vineyard to the hands on wine making procedures.

These principles include:

• Contributing less carbon emissions by minimising transport requirements

• Use of low input viticulture and (traditional) wine making including applying indigenous yeast cultures. This encourages biodiversity in conjunction with minimising the requirement for chemicals and additives

• Mulching and re-using waste from skins & seeds

• Using natural as opposed to chemically based fertilisers

• Reduced irrigation impact by a program of mulching cover crops planted during the rows between autumn and winter.

In 2013 Ross Hill were fortunate to be one of the businesses chosen in the Central West to receive a portion of a Government grant to local industries which utilises the carbon tax revenue to action lowering emissions and help make Australian industries smarter and more efficient. The funding was used to assist with the installation of a 32kw Solar Panel System at the winery. The roof of our winery spans a large distance which provides the perfect canvas to capture mother natures more natural energy which will potentially reduce our carbon emissions by 44%.



Ross Hill Media Downloads

High resolution bottle shot downloads

Click on the links below to download the hi res bottle shot of Ross Hill Pinnacle and Family Series varieties.

Pinnacle Series

Click here to download Ross Hill Vintage Brut

Click here to download Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc

Click here to download Pinnacle Pinot Gris

Click here to download Pinnacle Chardonnay

Click here to download Pinnacle Pinot Noir

Click here to download Pinnacle Shiraz

Click here to download Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to download Pinnacle Cabernet Franc

Click here to download Ross Hill Late Harvest Riesling

Family Series

Click here to download Ross Hill Lily Sauvignon Blanc

Click here to download Ross Hill Maya & Max Chardonnay

Click here to download Ross Hill Jessica Rosé

Click here to download Ross Hill Jack's Lot Shiraz

Click here to download Ross Hill Isabelle Cabernet Franc Merlot

Click here to download Ross Hill Tom & Harry Cabernet Sauvignon

Shed No. 8 Series

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Sauvignon Blanc (no vintage)

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Pinot Gris (no vintage)

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Cabernet Sauvignon (no vintage)

 

Pistol Packin Momma

Click here to download Pistol Packin Momma Red

Click here to download Pistol Packin Momma White


Monocle

Click here to download Monocle Chardonnay 2013

Click here to download Monocle Pinot Noir 2013

Click here to download Monocle Riesling 2013

Click here to download Monocle Shiraz 2012


Monocle M2 Range

Click here to download Monocle M2 Cabernet Merlot 2013

Click here to download Monocle M2 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 

The Griffin

Click here to download The Griffin 2012



Tasting Notes Downloads

Click on the links below to download the tasting notes of Ross Hill Pinnacle and Family Series varieties.

Pinnacle Series

Click here to download Pinnacle Sauvignon Blanc

Click here to download Pinnacle Pinot Gris

Click here to download Pinnacle Chardonnay

Click here to download Pinnacle Pinot Noir

Click here to download Pinnacle Shiraz

Click here to download Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to download Pinnacle Cabernet Franc

Click here to download Ross Hill Late Harvest Riesling

Family Series

Click here to download Ross Hill Lily Sauvignon Blanc

Click here to download Ross Hill Maya & Max Chardonnay

Click here to download Ross Hill Jessica Rosé

Click here to download Ross Hill Jack's Lot Shiraz

Click here to download Ross Hill Isabelle Cabernet Franc Merlot

Click here to download Ross Hill Tom & Harry Cabernet Sauvignon

Shed No. 8 Series

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Sauvignon Blanc (no vintage)

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Pinot Gris (no vintage)

Click here to download Shed No.8 Series Cabernet Sauvignon (no vintage)

 



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If you are having troubles downloading any of these files or you require photos of the Winery, Vineyard or cellar door please email amanda@vaada.com.au or phone 02 6360 4339.

 

 



 

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