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Shaw's search for an Australian region capable of making classic wines with elegance, depth and bright fruit came to rest in 1988 when he discovered the undulating hills of the high-altitude, cool-climate region of Orange. Philip Shaw Wines are sourced entirely from Shaw's 47 hectare Koomooloo Vineyard. Purchased in 1988 and planted in 1989 on red loam over limestone, this cool climate vineyard rises to an altitude of 900m (2,950 ft). This immaculately tended vineyard has already produced the "Prix D'Excellence" Chardonnay at the 1998 VinExpo in Bordeaux and the "Best Red Wine" at the 2002 National Wine Show in Canberra. The fruit from Koomooloo has clearly defined varietal character that displays elegance, power, and length.

"The Orange region has so much to offer and, finally, people are starting to notice this quiet achiever. Lovely elegance and structure, bright fruit, terrific balance and length - it's a very sophisticated style that I believe will be a benchmark for more elegant, yet vibrant Australian wines to come."

The Orange wine region is uniquely classified by both geographical and altitudinal boundaries. Located approximately 260km west of Sydney on the slopes of the Great Dividing Ranges, the Orange Geographical Indication (GI) begins at 600 meters (1,968 ft) with vineyards planted as high as 1,100 meters (3,608 ft). Due to the high elevation, the climate of the Orange wine region is one of the coolest in Australia. The rainfall is winter-spring dominant. The three driest months are the ripening period of February, March and April. Orange is also noted for intense sunlight, which, coupled with the cool growing season, result in wines of bright fruit and distinct elegance.






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