Ross Hill Wineswww.rosshillwines.com.au
134 Wallace lane, Orange, 2000
Cellar Door: Weekends and pub hols (10-4) or by appointment
Ph: (02) 6365 3233
The Ross Hill Vineyard is situated on north facing slopes of Griffin Rd, Orange at an elevation ranging from 750 - 850 metres. It was established by Peter and Teri Robson in 1994.
Their son, James, his wife Chrissy and the Sydney-based Jones family have joined in the ownership and running of the vineyard. The arrival of Mornington Peninsula winemaker, Phil Kerney, and the construction of an on-site wine-making facility over 2008/9, has lifted the profile and quality of wines.
The 12 ha vineyard has Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In 2008 they established a new Wallace lane vineyard that is located on volcanic soils at 1,080 meters. It is planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
The vineyards are minimally irrigated and free of insecticides.
The Pinnacle Chardonnay has taken out trophies at the Orange Wine Show and National Cool Climate Wine Show. The 2012 vintage was included as one of the 12 Chardonnays in Australia selected in the Halliday’s Chardonnay Challenge 2013.
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Ross Hill Pinnacle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Purchased: Not ($40)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, glossy and medium bodied black cherry and dark plums with a strong minty aspect, plump and dusty with lightly charred spicy cedar oak, only medium length (***1/2)
Ross Hill Tom & Harry Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Purchased: Cloudwine. South Melbourne ($25)
(GXY) Tasting: June 2014, firmish cassis and redcurrant with menthol, spice and herb notes, earthy and medium bodied with plenty of vanilla/cedar/dark chocolate oak, slightly green with grainy oak tannins (***)
Ross Hill Pinnacle Chardonnay 2012
Purchased: Not ($A32)
(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2013, one of the 12 wines selected for the Halliday’s Chardonnay Challenge 2013, whole bunch pressed, the thing that struck me about this wine was the purity and power of the white nectarine, pear and peach fruit, its aromatic, very long and linear, with fruit this good there’s no need for too much wine-making artifact but there some modest mid-palate barrel ferment creaminess and some matchstick sulfides on the nose, the spicy French oak is subtle and well integrated, lively lemon rind backbone, regional flagship (*****)