Swinging Bridge / Orange, Nsw

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A Defining Estate In The Emerging, High Altitude Region Of Orange, Nsw

Swinging Bridge was established in 1995 by Tom and Georgie Ward with their extended family, and has been under Tom and Georgie’s full stewardship since 2008. Now one of Orange’s leading and most noted producers, Swinging Bridge are pushing boundaries with experimental small batch wines (the #00s) complementing a solid offering of noble varietals from the region’s high altitude vineyards.

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  • Swinging Bridge Shiraz 2019

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    Winemaker Tom Ward isn’t one to overstate things, so when he told us his Shiraz was worth a look we knew we should pay attention. Considering its price level, this is an incredibly classy and sophisticated wine. Evoking the great cool climate Shirazes of France, it’s got beautiful flow and feel, delivering pepper and spice, blackberry and blue fruits, twigs and charcuterie meats. Has left many a taster guessing a much higher price point.

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  • Swinging Bridge Pinot Gris 2018

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    Treading the line between Gris and Grigio style, this is an easy drinker with a poke of spice and complexity.  Limited skin contact gives clarity of appearance, though the palate is fleshed out with a small portion of the wine matured in old French oak.  It’s all apple and spiced pear, with some creaminess in the texture derived from time on lees.  Closes with decent length and complexity of texture.

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  • Swinging Bridge #003 Amber Field Blend 2019

    $ 30.00 incl. GST

    Somebody had to do it… the first orange wine from Orange!  A field blend of the Alsatian varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer, wild fermented, spending four weeks on skins in open top puncheons, and bottled without fining or filtration. Atypical for some styles of orange/skin contact wine, this is super easy to drink, delicious, highly moreish and food friendly, especially with delicate and spicy Asian.

    Quinine/gin and tonic notes, with the Gewurz leading the aromatic charge, super seductive, musky and lifted.  Lovely natural fruit tannin in the mouth, though everything in moreish balance.

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  • Swinging Bridge #006 ‘Tempinot’ Tempranillo Pinot Blend 2020

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    A nod to the Shiraz Pinot blends of the Hunter Valley; what could be a unique take on such blending to Orange?  Blending trials showed this as a fun style indeed. 72% Tempranillo and 28% Pinot, it has the hedonistic hit of fruitcake and dark chocolate provided by Temp, though freshness and fruit is the theme with Pinot the bedfellow.  Along the lines of a joven/nouveau style, a fun and juicy red to be glugged in wine bars with grazing plates, or would make a super classy barbecue red.

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  • Swinging Bridge Mrs Payten Chardonnay 2019

    $ 31.00 incl. GST

    This is where things get serious for Orange – Chardonnay is a style of excellence here. One of the region’s earliest plantings is the Balmoral vineyard at an elevation of 1050 metres, famed for the great Rosemount chardonnays of the 1990s. Mrs Payten is Tom’s grandmother, with this wine first released in 2012 to commemorate her 90th birthday.

    This is a style of intensity and generosity. A waxy, almost buttery texture, though this is through lees rather than oak (sees 10 months in tightly grained French barrels). Grapefruit and white peach flavours form the core, over a pleasing flintiness. A nod to the traditional style of Australian chardonnay but keeps a tautness to its frame, and most importantly, high refreshment factor.

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  • Swinging Bridge Reserve Chardonnay Block A 2018

    $ 51.00 incl. GST

    Selected from the best barrels, from the best block of the best vineyard.  Wild fermented in barrel.

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