The Natural Wine Co Central Ranges Shiraz 2015
Jason and Rebecca O’Dea established Pig in the House vineyard in 1996, south of Canowindra, near the northern area of the Cowra subzone within the Central Ranges region in NSW. The Central Ranges are made up of three key subregions: Mudgee; Orange and Cowra. Orange is dominated by an extinct volcano, Mount Canobolas. The region is located on the western side of the Great Dividing Range about 3.5 hour drive north-west of Sydney and 3.5 hours drive north-west of Canberra. Orange is flanked by the Cowra subzone to the south and shares a small border with Mudgee to the north.
The Cowra subzone is in the warm, fertile, Lachlan Valley. The Subzone covers the villages of Cowra, Grenfell, Billmare and nearby Canowindra. This is also the warmest subzone due to its lower altitude and its unguarded front which allows warm winds blowing in from central Australia.
"Cowra ... is emerging as a home for quality-minded, unusually eco-conscious wine producers, thanks to the formation of the Cowra Sustainable Wine Partnership. This comprehensive program of benchmarking is aimed at reducing chemical use in the vineyards, building soil health, encouraging winter grazing of livestock in the vineyards and increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and has been adopted by many of the regiong's vineyards." -- Max Allen, The Future Makers
Canowindra is home to Windowrie Estate where Rosney and Pig in the House wines are made too. Windowrie's Jason and Rebecca started Pig in the House using Biodynamic practices and are certified organic. They created The Natural Wine Co as a second label to emphasise the regions ability to produce vibrant, full-bodied, Shiraz made with certified organic practices. The 2015 is loaded with dark fruits, plum, earth, a touch of pleasing sweetness and fulness. It finishes with soft tannins and a dry finish. Tasty and good value Shiraz from a region known for heavy and cooked characters as a result of being such a warm region.