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Cargo Road Riesling wins trophy at NSW Wine Awards

Cargo Road Riesling 2005 has claimed the Trophy for the Best Young Other White (Varietals and Blends 2005–2007) at the prestigious NSW Wine Awards 2007.

The Trophy for Best Young Other White was judged from one of the show’s largest classes comprising over 100 entries.

“We are extremely excited about this great win,” commented Cargo Road owner and winemaker James Sweetapple. “With over 700 entries from across NSW, these awards are becoming a fantastic benchmark for our wines.”

“With 20 judges, including highly respected names such as Jim Brayne, Lester Jesberg and Tim Kirk, these awards would certainly rank alongside any national or international wine show.” Cargo Road Wines is one of a growing number of Orange winemakers making their mark on the wine show circuit. The 2007 NSW Top 40 wines comprised a number of wines from this emerging region with winners spread across most of the classes.

The winery is a small, dynamic producer with vineyards situated on the sheltered northern slopes of Orange’s Mount Canobolas. The vineyard, at an altitude of 860 metres comprises Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Zinfandel.

“When we purchased the vineyard in 1997, it was pretty dilapidated,” added James. “However, we saw the potential as the vineyard is one of the oldest in the region, having been planted in 1983.”

“We have been very meticulous in the vineyard with our pruning regime, canopy management and limited irrigation.”

“The rain that we received in November and December 2004 certainly took the pressure off the 2005 vintage, enabling the vines to carry the crop nicely through to harvest. The resulting wine is bursting with orange blossom, lime, passionfruit and mineral flavours. It’s a zesty, full flavoured wine that should mature well,” explained James.

The Cargo Road wines are uniquely labelled with artwork by NSW based artist Tanya Loviz. “The art depicts a range of classic cars winding their way along the ‘Old Cargo Road’ which meanders through the vineyard,” concluded James.

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