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Thursday 18 November 2021

Angullong Fossil Hill Tempranillo 2019

I picked the bottle up, recording the price and stated alcohol - standard practice - and upon seeing its 14.5% wondered where it might sit stylistically in comparison to old world examples. But why? Why would I feel the need to compare an example from a region 10,000 odd kilometres away to (what arguably is) the benchmark region?

Orange, as a wine producing region, is defined by an altitude, only vineyards above a certain altitude on Mt Canobolas - an old volcano - are allowed to be declared from the region of "Orange, NSW".

To the wine in question: Blueberry, chocolate, cherry - perhaps even in that order.

There's a freshness and vitality across the palate, feeling youthful and energetic in initial entry. Wickedly medium bodied, belying that stated alcohol that served as an intro to this note, with a plushness.

Fine, meshed tannins. Chocolatey richness with a residual lick of fruit through to the finish. A delight. 92

Tasted on: Thursday 2nd September
Source: Sample
Price: $28
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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