Located in Orange, Peter and Julie Mortimer planted their ‘Chestnut Garth’ vineyard with the help of their 5 sons in 1995. For the last 25 years, Mortimer’s Wines have produced wines of outstanding quality, including the two varietals that Tattersalls will be showcasing for next week – the 2022 Chestnut Garth Chardonnay and 2021 Pinot Noir, in a distinguished black bottle.

You may recognise the name from the big screen, as Peter Mortimer is the retired Rugby League Canterbury Bulldogs star. Their wines demonstrate why Orange in NSW is quickly becoming one of Australia’s premier cool-climate wine regions. The region itself is located on the slopes of Mount Canobolas, an extinct volcano that has littered the land with fertile soils and unique vine-growing terroir, and sits 600-1000m above sea level.

The chardonnay is elegant with ripe stone fruit flavours aged in fine French oak, ensuring a soft delicate palate with great complexity. And the pinot noir is a red fruit profile of raspberry and bright cherry, with hints of clove spice from aged French oak.