Vintage Report 2014
The 2014 vintage was a many faceted affair. Winners and losers, swings and roundabouts, successes and near successes. Frost and drought played havoc with low lying, young or unirrigated vineyards throughout Spring, and bouts of rain and cool spells peppered the Autumn.
For those with water, the early whites, especially our Pinnacle Chardonnay from Griffin Road, were pristine and ripe. Lessons learnt from the sunburn prone 2013 harvest aided us in picking at near perfect maturity. The ubiquitous vintage rains soon moved in, however Sauvignon Blanc was thankfully close behind in fine condition. Wallace Lane Pinot Gris; again a knock-out, following the sold-out 2013.
The wines from varieties picked around the equinox, March 22, define the vintage as slightly drier and cooler than our long term average. The Wallace Lane Pinot Noir, picked on the day of the equinox, again showed the perfect synergy of site and grape, Griffin Road Pinot also shining in this cool year. The Griffin Road Signature Big Reds (SBR’s…!) held well ‘til later in March and again dazzle with flamboyant varietal couture, vibrant and aromatic, each intense and unique.
Summing up, Pinnacle Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris… best ever. Fine, strong performances across the board for other Ross Hill and Wallace Lane estate grown fruit. Precise, aromatic and correct cool grown wines of purity and finesse.
Vintage Report 2013
The 2013 vintage will go down in history as one of the great vintages in the Orange region. Why? we started with full dams , fantastic moisture in the soil profile at all levels, a good spring and then a very dry summer and autumn. This provided an environment in which there was no disease pressure and resulted in a minimum spray programme.
Tonnages were average, producing high quality fruit in both white and red varieties. As a result of this excellent season Ross Hill was able to apply its policies of sustainability. We were able to yet again limit our watering levels and tractor hours resulting in reduced carbon emissions and soil degradation.
Of particular note was the performance of the Wallace Lane Vineyard, one of the highest in Orange at over 1000 metres. The sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and pinot noir of this vintage were of exceptional quality.
At our first tastings the whites exhibited all the characteristics of elegant cold climate wines, clean varietal aromas and great persistence of flavour with perfect natural acidity; chardonnays and sauvignon blancs the standouts.
The red wines will be full bodied and aromatic, already showing velvety textures and balanced acid/tannin structure. This will be a pinot noir lovers bonanza, with new vineyards maturing and revelling in the warm season, providing some fascinating insights into new terroirs. The Ross Hill ‘Signature Big Reds’ are rich and supple, reminiscent of 2009 with great flavour as well as precision and elegance.
Ross Hill Launches into the retail market with Wallace Lane Wines...
A first for Ross Hill was the recent launch of retail brand - Wallace Lane Wines. Only a few months on the shelves of the Independent Liquor Group Australia's stores (Super Cellars, Little Bottler, Duncan's, PubMart, Club Mart, and The Liquor Co-op) the four wines; Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Merlot and Shiraz are already receiving positive reviews from media around the country. Click here to read more...
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For the second year running Ross Hill Wines has been awarded five stars by James Halliday in his Australian Wine Companion
“We continue to strive to produce the highest quality wines, so to be endorsed by James Halliday with another five star rating helps us clarify that our hard work and passion for our wines is being noticed by the big names too.” James Robson, owner of Ross Hill Wines.
Together with an overall five stars for Ross Hill Wines, the particular wines that caught Halliday’s attention with a rating of 94 points were;
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Pinnacle Series Orange Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Pinnacle Series Orange Chardonnay 2011
This Chardonnay was also recently reviewed by Winsor Dobbin who wrote: "It's a quiet achiever; tangy, well defined and elegant. A wine that whispers its quality rather than shouts it. I liked it a lot."
Pinnacle Series Orange Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Jessica & Lily Orange Sauvignon Blanc 2011
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Tom & Harry Orange Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Ross Hill Cabernet's consistently hitting the top!
Ross Hill’s Pinnacle 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon has again shown its nation wide competitors what its made of, by taking out the BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON in the recent 2012 National Winewise Small Vignerons Awards.
Coupled with this award, earlier in the year Ross Hill’s entry level Cab Sauv, the Family Series, won the Best Cabernet Sauvignon of the Winewise National CHAMPIONSHIP in February.
Although the results for the reds have been outstanding the 2011 Pinnacle Series Chardonnay also took out the GOLD TROPHY at this recent Winewise AWARDS.
"Winning these 2 awards for our premium level as well as our entry level wines is virtually unheard of. To achieve these 2 high level results has placed both of Ross Hill's Cabernet's amongst the best in the country."