Stockman’s Ridge…you can be sure that if you follow them on Twitter, you’ll know all about the weather in their vineyard…They’re based in the Central Ranges/Orange region with 2 cellar doors…importantly they have one in Bathurst. The Hambrook family are lovely people and are great supporters of NSW Wine. If there’s a NSW wine event going, chances are you’ll see Jonathan and the family dutifully pouring and understating their wines. They’re growing some good “alternative” varietals, such as Savagnin and Zinfandel. Along with regional heroes of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, they’ve also got a Cabernet Franc, which is rare as a straight labelled variety in Australia. Shiraz is seen as one of the better performing reds from Orange, and the Outlaw is the top of the line for Stockman’s Ridge along side a Cabernet.
Almost opaque purple in the glass…soooo deep. Huge nose of baked plums, choc-oak and a little herbaciousness. Gob fulls of mouth coating flavour. Silky tannins, long acidity signifying the cool climate origins. Big swathes of baked plums and a little sweet vanilla oak. There’s some secondary meaty juicy nuances and spice. The alcohol warms on the way down and matched with the right food (some venison or roo) I think this wine has it’s place. The screw cap closure means that there’s a fair bit of life left in this one.
Sample courtesy of Stockman’s Ridge