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Cargo Road Wines release the first Orange region 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Orange’s Cargo Road Wines has recently released its 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, the first from this cool climate, highland region of New South Wales.

The Cargo Road Sauvignon Blanc vineyard was planted in 1983, making it one of the oldest in the region. The 2008 vintage is made from fruit from this block, as well as from fruit from vines planted in 1998.

“We picked both blocks separately, about two weeks apart, and treated the wines as separate parcels”, explained owner and viticulturalist James Sweetapple.

“Although both blocks are at 860 metres, they produce different characteristics as they are planted on different aspects and have diverse ripening patterns. This planting was done deliberately in order to build complexity from the vineyard as opposed to through the winemaking process.”

The resulting wine was made primarily from the 1983 block, with a third of the blend coming from the 1998 block.

“We have aimed at producing a Sauvignon Blanc that has a distinctly varietal aroma, and a palate that complements foods through texture and length,” commented James. “The region is quickly developing a reputation for Sauvignon Blanc and I believe that, quality wise, they can hold their own throughout the world.”

“The ’08 vintage was perfect for us, unlike some of our southern friends who had to race the heat to get their fruit in. Ours, on the other hand, started wet and then became quite dry, allowing all the varieties to ripen well.”

For further information on the Cargo Road wines and vineyards, please take a moment to look at the new video clip at www.cargoroadwines.com.au

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