COOKS LOT WINERY SPECIAL WINE PROMOTION
All of the wines which are offered as part of this special promotion are from the Cooks Lot, which has been producing high quality wines for over a decade.
Cooks Lot is a boutique winery creating wines exclusively from the premium cool climate region of Orange, in New South Wales. Based on the edge of Mount Canobolas, the dominant geographical feature of the area, it crafts wines of distinction, complexity and elegance which exemplify the region’s unique terroir.
The focus has always been on producing top quality wines that are excellent value for money.
James Halliday in the Australian Wine Companion 2016 has awarded Cooks Lot a 5 Star Winery Rating, and noted that ‘The modest pricing of all wines is striking’. Renowned wine critic Huon Hooke has also commented that all of the wines are consistently good and remarkable value for money.
Cooks Lot works closely with a small number of owner artisanal growers in Orange, who focus on growing premium fruit. Cooks Lot then use top quality ingredients such as French oak and state of the art techniques to craft high quality wines that continue to delight their customers.
As a small producer with limited storage facilities it is necessary to make way for the 2016 vintage and there is now a limited opportunity to access wines direct from this highly rated award winning winery whilst stocks last, at never to be repeated pricing.
Once known as the Central Highlands, the Orange region is centred on Mount Canobolas. Vines were first planted commercially in 1980. The climate is strongly determined by the region's elevation (600m to 900m), and the particular height and soils are of fundamental importance in determining site character. The region has many small premium vineyards, the main wine styles produced are Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Shiraz.
The mild to warm midsummer mean temperatures, seldom rising above 32°C, are offset by cool to very cool nights during the growing season 13°C, giving an excellent diurnal range. The rainfall predominately falls in winter and spring, while the three driest months are February, March and April, making supplementary irrigation highly desirable at the end of the growing season. There is considerable wind which helps to reduce the major threat of spring frosts at elevation although unfortunately it interferes with fruit set on sensitive varieties such as Merlot.
There are four main groups of soils. The first are the well-drained, friable, deep red-brown clays derived from basalt that are found near Mount Canobolas. Second are the deep red-brown, yellow-brown clay loams of mixed origin, including volcanic ash. Both these two soil groups allow the vines to grow with considerable vigour. The third is a red-brown podzolic clay loam of medium vigour overlying a medium clay and shale base interspersed with gravel, which assists with drainage. Finally, there are patches of terra rossa associated with visible limestone at the lower elevations, which is less vigorous.
2014 Vintage Note
There was an early and very warm start in spring after a decent winter of rain and cold. This warm Spring encouraged the vines to budburst, flower and perform fruit set in a shorter than normal period of time. Summer had good sunshine, timely rainfalls and wasn’t too hot, so no quick sugar accumulation hastening an early harvest and no untimely rain to demand it.
2015 Vintage Note
The 2015 vintage was excellent, it was all but a textbook vintage for many vineyards. For the first time in many vintages, we dictated when the fruit was picked not mother nature. A warm spring saw an early budburst but from then on the weather was pretty much ideal without any extremities or excessive rain. All varieties have good flavour, tannins and acidity.