I was particularly impressed with the 2013 Swinging Bridge sauvignon blanc that I tasted over the recent holidays. A vibrant straw colour with green tinges on the eye, the nose offers lifted herbaceous flavours. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a mixture of grassy herbaceous flavours together with tropical fruits. The racy acidity and fruit delivery has certainly helped put the Orange region on the map for this style of wine. Excellent!
Following in its footsteps is its stablemate, the 2013 Swinging Bridge pinot gris. A wine of similar colour, the nose is reminiscent of white pear and cardamom spice. The palate is nicely textured with a soft yet firm mouth-feel. The flavours are of honeysuckle, white pear and spice with no hint of oak but textural feel on the palate from the time spent on lees (yeasty flavours). This is a well-rounded wine with balanced acidity and loads of flavour. These wines can be tasted at the cellar door at Union Bank in Orange. Both wines retail for $20 (rrp).