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Philip Shaw Sauvignon Blanc Orange No. 19 2005

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Wine Enthusiast Review Smells like sand, gravel and Meyer lemon zest. The feel is dry, smooth and crisp, with some unctuousness pretty different from most Aussie Sauvignons, to be sure. The texture is the salient feature here; if youre one who prefers bright SB fruit character, this wines dust, citrus pith and hay notes might not satisfy.

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Philip Shaw:
The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident Philip noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near-perfect bal... Read more
The dream started long before the acquisition of Koomooloo (vineyard site) in 1988. Philip spent years investigating and exploring many regions within Australia until by accident Philip noticed the undulating roll of the countryside when flying over the Orange region. After a few days of intense research into this highland area he returned the next week to find the region had a near-perfect balance of elevation and sunshine. The adventure began when Philip purchased the land for his Koomooloo vineyard in June 1988. In close proximity to the region’s highest peak, Mt Canobolas, Koomooloo vineyard rises to an altitude of 900M with red loam soils over limestone.The details > 20 years to find another 20 years to grow. > Koomooloo - 47ha vineyard planted by Philip and family between 1988 - 89. > The vineyard peaks at an altitude of 900M on the side of the extinct volcano Mt Canobolas. > With less than 1% of Australian vineyards above 600M, Koomooloo is one of the highest vineyards in Australia (≥900m). > Annual rainfall averaging 850mm, with the ripening months of Feb - Apr traditionally the driest. > Although it’s not unusual to see snowfalls during winter and into spring, the altitude provides cooler conditions throughout the growing season.> Deep aged limestone is at the base of Koomooloo with volcanic-rock soil forming the sub-section and the topsoil is predominantly wind blown fine red loess from Central Australia (150mm), some of the oldest on the planet.> Koomooloo is a unique hand kept vineyard with a routine of hand pruning, shoot thinning, leaf plucking, crop thinning, and hand picking happening in multiples if needed. In detail the Orange region and particularly Koomooloo Vineyard is perfect for the styles of wines Philip is keen to make - In reality understanding the uniqueness of this region has been an unravelling journey. To respect and work a vineyard like Koomooloo to its full potential is sometimes daunting, however the future is too exciting to sleep through. Read less

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Enthusiast ReviewSmells like sand, gravel and Meyer lemon zest. The feel is dry, smooth and crisp, with some unctuousness pretty different from most Aussie Sauvignons, to be sure. The texture is the salient feature here; if youre one who prefers bright SB fruit character, this wines dust, citrus pith and hay notes might not satisfy.



Wine Enthusiast Review Smells like sand, gravel and Meyer lemon zest. The feel is dry, smooth and crisp, with some unctuousness pretty different from most Aussie Sauvignons, to be sure. The texture is the salient feature here; if youre one who prefers bright SB fruit character, this wines dust, citrus pith and hay notes might not satisfy.

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