Star Cellar Door
The Svenson family can do no wrong with Loretta and Charlie’s two sons now firmly embedded in the top-notch winery. Mitch, the younger and highly focused brother, now runs the day-to-day winery operation while his sibling, Ben, promotes the De Salis brand far and wide.
Meanwhile, Charlie is keeping an eagle eye on the home Lofty vineyard (established in 1993) and the nearby Forest Edge plantings, which date back to 1988. Loretta is busy holding all three in check.
The new regime has seen the wines take a step up, with the stellar sparklings leading the way. The graceful pinots are right in the zone with the uber-complex chardonnay and fumé-style sauvignon blancs more than worthy. Capping the wines is the enticing cellar door with quality glassware and perhaps the best views over Orange. PETER BOURNE
OUTSTANDING WINE: 2015 De Salis Blanc de Blancs, A$90