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From way out west New South Wales….”The Mill” by Windowrie Estate based in Canowindra, a quaint town with a rich heritage and home to a couple of quality producers.

“The Mill” Chardonnay, Cowra, 2014

Windowrie the Mil Chardonnay NV

From fruit grown on the Estate’s Canowindra vineyard. Just medium bodied with refreshing acidity and ‘mineral’ structure. Highlights of stonefruit amongst the frame of older French oak barrel characters. Enough complexity to be interesting without any delusions of grandeur. Good value.

RRP: $17.99

Alc: 13%

“The Mill” Cabernet / Merlot, Hilltops, 2013

Windowrie The Mill Cabernet Merlot NV

The “Hilltops” region is centred around the township of Young, NSW and is becoming well known for growing plushly flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon, with many wineries taking fruit from the area for medium priced wines.

Deep blackberry and brambles. A touch of leather and prunes. The apalte brings plenty of grainy tannin, grunting through a midfield of young black fruit. Just enough oak spice, with plummy, pruney Merlot providing polish. Finishes tight, so may need a year to open up.

RRP: $17.99

Alc: 14.5%




http://www.paulippolito.com.au  Paul Ippolito - wine writer 

Windowrie The Mill Cowra Chardonnay 2014

I have been drinking this wine from Windowrie as far back as I can recall and I like the consistency and value it has always delivered. In a day and age where both virtues have become harder and harder to achieve, the folks at this Cowra Central NSW seamlessly deliver this excellent Chardonnay time and time again. Sharp clear clean attractive fruit loaded with flavour packed peach melon combinations fulfilling the primary features. Medium to full bodies, good oak treatment and good supporting acidity make it a versatile wine for all occassions. Try with a fresh seafood plate of prawns, oysters and salmon. About $18 - a bargain.

http://thegrapehunter.com/wineReviews_       Gilbert Labor - wine writer


Windowrie "The Mill" NSW Central Ranges, Cowra Chardonnay 2014 

Clear pale lemon / straw colour and an initial nose of primary fruit in the nectarine & lime spectrum emerges on first pour

There is a mid palate astringent rawness which initially detracts but softens on breathing.

The primary fruit then comes to the fore, unhindered by oak [only 10% in older French barriques] or malolactic interference.

The palate is fresh, backboned by a natural acid crunch.

It is pleasantly unchallenging and youthfully enjoyable at this stage. 

Today, it was certainly very gluggable and an amicable partner to our antepasta platter in the current hot & humid FNQ climate

It would equally be a good match with and foil to creamy / cheesy sauce based proteins.


Price: $17.99
Wine Category: Chardonnay
Cellar: Now - 3 years




New Release Wines


Canowindra, Young and Orange come together.


Windowrie has released two new wines, the 2014 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Chardonnay (RRP $17.99) and 2013 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Cabernet Merlot (RRP $17.99).


Windowrie’s ‘The Mill’ range of wines is made from grapes sourced from within the NSW Central Ranges. In the case of the 2014 Chardonnay, the fruit is grown on Windowrie’s estate vineyards in Canowindra. 


“This vineyard has been the source of our Chardonnay for 25 years,” explained Windowrie’s Jason O’Dea. “We have seen a lot of changes in the market over this time. The style has evolved from the Chardonnays of past; now it’s all about presenting the grapes’ pristine, fresh fruit characters.”


“We only mature ten per cent of this wine in oak, and that’s older French barriques.  This adds texture and complexity without being too overt.”


The Canowindra vineyard was struck by a late frost in October. Subsequently a great deal of care and coaxing was required to see the fruit through to vintage. “The volumes were down on average, however the quality was good.”


The 2014 Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Cabernet Merlot is made from grapes grown in Young, in the Hilltops Region of NSW as well as in Orange.  “The Hilltops is making a name for itself, gaining numerous awards and medals over the past few years. Our Cabernet Merlot was award a Gold at the Sydney International Wine Competition where it was judged alongside food, something quite unique in the wine show circuit.”


“The Young Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard was planted in 1996 and we’ve been taking fruit from it for the last six years.  The Merlot (15%) component is from Orange. Both parcels were made separately and matured in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months prior to blending.”


Windowrie’s The Mill range of wines comprise the new Chardonnay and Cabernet Merlot along with Verdelho Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, Merlot and Shiraz.


The new wines have been released on the eve of the 2015 vintage which has commenced and will continue through until April.  



Windowrie prepare for Vintage 2015.


As we approach the end of the Summer months Windowrie amps up for a cracker vintage. After a less than satisfactory season in 2014 the team at Windowrie are chomping at the bit to bring in the 2015 fruit and continue to make some great regional wines. This year as in previous years the 25 year old wine company will be sourcing fruit from a variety of regions in the Central Ranges including Young (Hilltops), Orange, Bathurst  and Cowra. 

Organic production will grow again this year with a several of the varieties now "Certified Organic" and out of the "Conversion" phase of the ACO certification. "It's and exciting time for us here at Windowrie" said GM and viticulturalist Jason O'Dea. "We have had certified reds for a few years now and we are ready to get creative with some organic whites including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc."

Once again we have a great team on board too. Many of the winery team are returners including the head Cellar Hand and one of the assistant wine makers who have both done two vintages at the Cowra based winery previously. Also joining the team this year is an assistant winemaker from Japan, Shige. He has been making wine in NZ for the last four years and has been keen to do a vintage in Australia for some time. Windowrie's biggest export market is Japan and the team are really looking forward to talking and learning about the preferred styles of the Japanese wine market. Having been making the Sakura Shiraz for over 10 years the Windowrie team are looking to expand theirt offering to the Japanese market with different varieties and wine styles. Watch this space as a new Japanese export label is just around the corner. 




Its a local affair - 100 Mile Dinner March 7th 2015

Hundreds are expected to join local producers in a night of food, wine and song amongst friends on Canowindra’s main street next March with the relaunch of the Canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner.

In recent years the Canowindra@home team transitioned what was established as part of the F.O.O.D Week celebrations held each April to a relaxed long lunch.  Whilst the lunch format was well received by locals and visitors to the region, the team have been keen to bring the party back to the historic and quirky main street.

The philosophy of the event will remain true to the 100 Mile Diet concept with all produce sourced from within a 100 mile radius of Canowindra.  “This is a celebration of our produce, the hard work of local producers and delivered with our own version of country hospitality,” said Canowindra@home President Helen Tinney.

Gaskill Street will be cleared to make way for long communal tables that will seat the guests,overhung with colourful lanterns, running the length of Canowindra’s crooked main street. The hypnotic, effervescent sounds of the Trouble with Johnny featuring Cecelia Rochelli will once again entertain and lure revellers out of their chairs and onto their feet.

Previous events have proven so popular that the 100 Mile Dinner to be held in Canowindra sold out in 48 hours, with diners coming from as far as Queensland and Victoria to take part.

In 2014 the Canowindra@home team joined with the Restaurant 9inety 2wo team from Bathurst delivered the perfect pairing of food and wine at the Long Lunch held in April. Feedback from attendees at this event was overwhelmingly positive and has led the Canowindra@home team to once again rekindle this working relationship in planning the dinner to be held in March this year.

“The timing for the event is perfect. Summer produce will still be in abundance and new autumn produce will just begin to be harvested. The evenings are still warm and most importantly there is accommodation available to our visitors,” explained Helen.

The Canowindra@home 100 Mile Dinner will be held on Saturday 7th March 2015 starting at 7.00pm.


Windowrie Long Lunch




Chris Shanahan - Windowrie Long Lunch





An avenue of prunus trees provided dappled shade for this year's late October Windowrie long lunch. In windless 36-degree heat, chef Anna Wong catered for about 100 guests, showing the same flair that made her now-closed Neila restaurant, Cowra, one of Australia's great regional eating spots.

Windowrie's bright, medium-bodied wines (made on the property) sat well with the food. In particular, the Family Reserve Shiraz 2012, served lightly chilled, provided fresh, cherry- and spice –like varietal flavours on a soft and refreshing palate.

Watch windowrie.com.au for details of next year's lunch. It's an outstanding day out. Price this year was $110, wine and beer included.












 Awards List




Windowrie ‘The Mill’ Orange Region Sauvignon Blanc 2013: Very clean grass/hay nose, pleasant to smell, not as aggressive as many. Beautifully crafted and nicely weighted, the wine cruises with elegance across the palate.

93 points and very good value for $18.

Tony Key, The Key Report. July 2014





Have you managed to see the latest from the team at The Chaser?!??

The team have come together to do a short series on NSW wines - it is hysterical. Windowrie doesn't feature, but some really well known wine makers and foodies play great cameo parts. The series is five x 13 minute episodes and can be found on youtube.com

Here is the trailer to whet your appetite...  


BOGAN's Guide To Wine

I'm not sure if you've seen "Bogan's Guide To Wine"... Its a great wine review panel made up off three bikie looking men. Sampy, Lerch and the silent drummer. It's definately worth a looks.

This week they review Pig In The House Shiraz 2011 and it seems it went down well.




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