NSW Southern Highlands Does It Again

By David Ellis from vintnews

NSW Southern Highlands Does It AgainThe recent opening of yet another cellar door in the NSW Southern Highlands, this one at Cherry Tree Hill Wines at Sutton Forest, is further indication of the growth of this small, impressive and relatively new winemaking region – and further reason to visit it’s now eighteen cellar doors showing-off their exceptional cool-climate wines.

Gabi Lorentz and his family established a farm at Sutton Forest after arriving from Hungary in the 1980s, planted grapes in 2000 and have not looked back. Their small but attention-grabbing portfolio of Cherry Tree Hill wines (that are made for them by respected local makers Anton and Mark Balog) have garnered a nice wall-load of awards from both Australian and international wine shows.

One that particularly contributed towards their legacy is a 2006 Riesling that’s still available and has aged beautifully with its still-fresh citrus, herbaceous and candied fruit characters, fine acidity and a wonderfully long and crisp finish. Certainly worth the $45 price tag to put on the table with pan-fried trout and oven-baked Kipfler potatoes when family or good friends come around.

The new cellar door is open 10-4 Thursday, Friday and Monday and 10-5 weekends; for full details of their wines check out www.cherrytreehill.com.au or phone General Manager, David Lorentz on 0414 366 000. There’s a nice 10% discount for 6-bottle orders, 20% for 12, and delivery is just $12 for anything from 1 to 48 bottles.

One to Note: Rymill recently celebrated forty years since its first vines were planted at Coonawarra in 1974. They have released a 2013 Rymill Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon that’s as frisky as the one-year-old thoroughbred the label takes its name from, with lively, fruity aromas that have hints of cocoa and peppermint as well, and a lovely palate of sweet ripe plums, blackcurrants, subtle spice and balanced acidity.

This is a delightful drop with an easy-drinking softness that’s not for tucking away in the cellar, but for buying now and drinking now. At $15.95 you’ll find it a great accompaniment with tomato-based pasta dishes and most grilled meats.