Altitude: 250 to 350 metres
Harvest: Late February to mid-March
Mean January Temperature: 23.5OC
Located 160 kilometres southwest of Canberra, along the foothills of New South Wales’ picturesque Snowy Mountains, Gundagai is the historical crossing point of the Murrumbidgee River – and it is as rich with red volcanic soils as it is with Australian folklore. While most of today’s vineyards in the region were planted throughout the 1990s, vineyards thrived in the area as far back as 1877 and bush poetry and ballads carved a place for Gundagai in Australian hearts as early as the 1900s.
Gundagai’s landscape is not only incredibly beautiful, but the nearby Snowy Mountains encourage cool evening breezes throughout the growing season, which helps preserve delicate, complex fruit characters, and the vibrant, ironstone-rich soil is particularly ideal for producing powerful, yet elegant, medium-bodied dry reds. The region is predominately known for premium Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon with many Italian styles, such as Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Barbera, also performing extremely well.
Wine Region: Gundagai, Australia
Vineyard Area: 202 hectares
Vineyard Location: 35.0956ºS; 147.9005ºE
Perched on a gentle slope overlooking the Murrumbidgee River, the Tumblong Hills site was deemed ideal for growing premium fruit after an exhaustive selection process by some of the world’s finest wine professionals. Chosen for its ironstone-rich volcanic soils, and warm days and cool nights during ripening, the vineyard pioneered Gundagai’s modern winemaking history, boasting the most expansive planting for the region in the 1990s.
Two decades on, and the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon vines have achieved full maturity, producing enticingly rich and complex fruit. Beyond the early plantings, the vineyard also boasts exceptional Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir vines with additional red and white varieties on the horizon. Many of Tumblong Hills’ wines proudly feature 100% estate grown fruit, plus select varieties are also sourced from nearby premium Australian vineyards.