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Orange’s shining beacon

Two new wines have recently joined Dindima’s ‘Group of Stars’. The trophy winning 2005 Dindima Shiraz and 2008 Dindima Semillon have been released and continue the winery’s philosophy of producing elegant, regional expressive wines from the cool climate of Orange, Australia’s only GI determined by altitude.

“We have one of the coolest winegrowing climates in Australia,” commented winemaker James Bell. “This enables slow ripening of our fruit and, in concert with the rich volcanic basalt soils, produces some lovely, elegant flavours in the wines.”

“Since we purchased the vineyard in 2002 we have converted the vines to ‘vertical shoot positioning’ in order to improve quality through the control of airflow and sunlight within the canopy. We have also planted Chardonnay and are investigating various Riesling clones.”

Dindima Orange Region Shiraz 2005: The 2005 vintage in Orange was one of the region’s best with a dry, mild summer. Temperatures rose in February, however the cool nights ensured that the ripening was consistent, resulting in great colour, and depth of flavour, and the development of fine, ripe tannins.

“We were very excited about the fruit from 05,”commented James. “We spent a lot of time in the vineyard, shoot and bunch thinning, ensuring that the fruit had great flavour and ripeness levels.”

“The ferment was held at 20–220C in order to protect the cool climate spicy flavours and preserve fruit concentration in the final blend. At 1 baume, the ferment was drained and pressed and transferred to oak for 36 months. We used a combination of new and older French and American oak in order to add complexity and maintain fruit and oak balance.”

Trophy: Gregoire Trophy for Best Shiraz of Show, Orange Wine Show 2008

Gold Medal: Orange Regional Wine Show 2008, class 5

Gold Medal: NSW Small Winemakers Awards 2008, class 27

Dindima Orange Region (Unoaked) Semillon 2008: “2008 produced lovely, pristine fruit,” explained James, “due to use of netting, for the first time, in the vineyard.”

“Once in the winery, we decided to make two styles of Semillon. We have traditionally made an oaked matured style which has proven to be very popular. However, with the upgrading of our cooling equipment in the winery, we thought it would be interesting to also have an unwooded style, utilising fruit from the same block.”

“We subsequently whole bunch pressed and then cold settled prior to inoculating the juice with yeast designed to maximize fruit expression. The wine was bottled soon after fermentation in order to capture the pure fruit intensity. We are extremely pleased with the wine which shows intense citrus aromas, with an almost Sauvignon Blanc character.”

2005 Dindima Orange Region Shiraz $35.00

2008 Dindima Orange Region Semillon $20.00

Both wines are available from the Cellar Door, mail order and select restaurants in NSW.

For further information, samples or images please contact:

David Cumming, Define Wine: 0414 736 342 or , or

Lee Bell, Dindima Wines: 02 6365 338 or

Dindima: Lee and Dave Bell moved to Orange in 2002 having purchased the vineyard on Cargo Road, a few kilometres west of the town centre. The family soon established Dindima (Din-dee-ma) Wines, named in recognition of the local indigenous Wiradjuri people. The word, meaning ‘Group of Stars’, symbolises the Southern Cross which meanders its way over the vineyard and Orange’s Mount Canobolas every night.

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