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Thursday 13 June 2024

Banking on it: meet a new wine range inspired by Bordeaux

A new range of wines from Orange has been inspired by the acclaimed reds of Bordeaux.

Orange’s Stockman’s Ridge Wines has just released two new wines as part of its ‘Signature Range’: the 2022 Stockman’s Ridge ‘Signature Range’ Right Bank and its sister wine, the 2022 Stockman’s Ridge ‘Signature Range’ Left Bank.

I'm not sure how many Australian wine drinkers are familiar with the differences between the two styles, but the new releases are vigneron Jonathan Hambrook’s tribute to French inspiration. 

The ‘Left Bank’ is a nod to the M├ędoc region of Bordeaux and is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (60%) and merlot (40%). The ‘Right Bank’ tips its hat to St Emillion, being a blend of merlot (70%) and cabernet franc (30%).

“We have been producing our Bordeaux blend of merlot and cabernet franc since our second vintage,” says Hambrook. “I have a real love of these styles and wanted to explore them further with our ‘Left Bank’ blend of cabernet and merlot, which has a long and proud history in Australia,

“The [Orange] region is perfectly suited to these varieties. While there is strong focus on the Burgundy varieties in Orange, history has shown that these Bordeaux varieties excel.

"The founding vignerons of the region such as Bloodwood’s Stephen and Rhonda Doyle, Canobolas Smith’s Murray Smith and Philip Shaw have examples of these varieties that have shown to have superb depth, complexity and most of all, great longevity.

“We are hoping to build on these early examples and create wines that will evolve and develop in the bottle over the next 15 plus years."

Both wines are made by consultant winemaker Will Rikard-Bell.

The Stockman’s Ridge Vineyard is located on Boree Lane at an elevation of 800 meters, Wines are avilable available at

The Bank wines cost $45 each. I'm traditionally a Left Bank man, but open minded. I will report back.

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