Cool wines for warm days…

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Summer is here. The time for long lunches on decks and catching up with friends in the warmer weather. Freshness, crispness and drinkability are the qualities you’re looking for. These 4 wines are all from Orange, New South Wales and satisfy those 3 essential criteria. So instead of reaching for generic brand Marlborough Savvy, try something a little different.

Swinging Bridge 2013 Pinot Gris
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Swinging Bridge have given a new look to their labels for the 2013 releases. Lovely packaging. Light burnished gold, full creamy, waxy, nose. Sweet Vanilla hints and white flowers, lemon citrus and green pear skin. A bit of a smokey/mineral line. Good crisp acids that leave a zing and finishing with good grapefruit citrus tartness. Nice to drink, crowd pleasing and good value.
Alc 13%
RRP $20

Angullong 2013 Pinot Grigio
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Pale lemon in the glass. Rich nose with pear skin, soft citrus and hint of lychee. Sharp tangy palate with cut pear, lemon iced tea and juicy acidity. Medium finish with a touch of spice and sour citrus fruits. Offers a bit more interest than your average PiG
Alc 13%
RRP $20

 Swinging Bridge 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
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Pale lemon in colour. Nose vibrant with Passionfruit pulp, cut grass and hints of fresh young raw asparagus overlayed with some leesy cheese. Mature (as in grown up/adult) flavours for a Sauvignon Blanc with quality sweet/sour citrus and passionfruit. Lovely balance with plenty of crunchy acids supported with a fuller finish due to complexity of the wine sitting on lees and some barrel fermentation.
A Savvy that I’d enjoy drinking!
Alc 12%
RRP $20

Angullong 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
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A nascient hard act to follow after the Swinging Bridge barrel work, but there’s good clean fruit there. Fresh, lively gooseberry and Passionfruit skin. Pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc’s tropical fruit spectrum plus passionfruit and not a tart asparagus note in site. Good, solid drinking with typical Orange NSW zesty acidity and lovely lingering soft tropicals.
Alc 13%
RRP $20

All wines samples courtesy of Define Wine, Swinging Bridge and Angullong Wines

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