Stockman's Ridge History
Stockman’s Ridge Wines was born from a love of travelling to France from a young age, Jonathan Hambrook spent his youth travelling to the South East of France, Bergerac, Monbazillac and Bordeaux. Attending boarding school, a love of the bush and country developed through visiting school mate’s farms. At the age of 22, he purchased his first farm just north of Bathurst sitting on a small patch of Tera Rossa soils with a bed of limestone underneath. Planting 4 varieties of Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Savagnin the first vintage of Shiraz was crafted in 2008.
With a focus on producing small batches of highly aromatic whites and deliciously complex reds with both being beautifully textured, approachable and perfect for pairing with food and sharing with friends.
With each following year from 2008 adding new styles and being all being derived from single vineyards. Since the first release of their wines, the quality has been clear with over 130 trophies & medals being awarded in under 10 years including trophy winning Outlaw Shiraz which has become the signature red.
In 2012 the intimate Cellar Door with its beautiful and ever-changing autumnal gardens and firepits making it a stunning setting for wine tastings was opened at the new home for Stockman's Ridge Wines just 10km west of Orange at the foot of Mt Canobolas. Since opening many brides have come to celebrate their weddings amongst the vines with stunning photos along the 130 strong golden elm lined driveway which leads to the cellar door. The new home also allowed the expansion of the vineyards with the first 2 varieties being planted. Taking advantage of the cool climate Pinot Noir was planted along with the aromatic Austrian variety of Grüner Veltliner.
The property also boasts Accommodation, Cherry, Apple & Pear Orchard as well a home to a flock of the wagyu of the sheep world, the Australia White.
Stockman's Ridge Vineyard (40.4 Ha)
Pinot Noir - 1.2 Ha (3 acres)
Grüner Veltliner - 1 Ha (2.5 acres)
Planted in 2012 our new flagship vineyard was thoughtfully designed to be efficient and able to consistent quality fruit. Following in true french techniques the Stockman's Ridge vineyard is planted in much more dense and lower profile. The vines are trained to grow a unilateral cordon (the section of vine that run horizontal alone the cordon wire). This requires each vine to do less work and to maintain a high quality. Rows are 2.8m apart with vines planted very 1 metre with the cordon just 80cm off the ground. This means that for every Ha there are 3,571 vines planted.
The soils are deep well drained clay loam red and brown Ferrosol soils (Krasnozems) derived from basalt the soils red brown and very fertile. They are great for retaining water and are well suited to assisting the vines getting through dry spells.
Pinot Noir Clones: 777, 667, MV6
Grüner Veltliner Clone: FV14V16
Our Region - Orange, NSW
The Orange wine region is defined as the area above 600m in the local government areas of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney and can be usefully described as a circle around Orange. The Orange region is ideal for grape growing and winemaking because of the combination of geology, soils, climate and temperature. Together these factors combine to produce grapes and wine of distinct flavour and colour. The climate perhaps plays the biggest part in giving Orange some distinct natural advantages - the cool temperatures during the growing season coupled with dry autumn conditions are ideal for grape growing.
Bottle Images - Current Release
Back or Past Vintages
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