Jill and Michael Bynon of Corang Estate are very excited to release their first wine made with grapes grown on their estate in Nerriga.
The wine is a rosé and a blend made from estate-grown Tempranillo and Shiraz. It is an elegant, dry South-of-France style. “We’ve been planning to add a rosé to our range and our Corang Estate fruit was the perfect solution,” said Michael.
Corang Estate is the first commercial vineyard in Nerriga, a beautiful, remote bushland area on the banks of the Corang River, located approximately halfway between Canberra and Jervis Bay. The one-hectare vineyard was planted in 2018 with cuttings sourced from some of the region’s finest vineyards, ensuring excellent clonal material. The vineyard is planted half to Shiraz and half to Tempranillo; varieties that were chosen for their known ability to thrive in clay-loam soils. There was a small crop on the vines in 2020, however the bushfire came extremely close, scorching many of the plants and smoke tainting the grapes. Fortunately the vines bounced back and were looking very healthy for this year’s vintage.
“Despite having a great start to the season with lots of welcome rain, it was ultimately a difficult vintage with cool temperatures and persistent rain throughout the ripening period,” revealed Michael. “However, these conditions had been forecast and consequently we elected early in the season to make a rosé rather than a full bodied dry red wine, which in hindsight was the right decision.”
Grape picking at Corang Estate was a community affair. “We had a fantastic response to our shout-out for pickers with around 20 volunteers made up of customers, friends and locals. We picked a total of two tonnes over two mornings in early March. Everyone worked hard and afterwards enjoyed a barbecue lunch and a glass of wine to celebrate the harvest,” explained Jill Bynon.
Corang Estate’s wines are made in Murrumbateman under the guidance of Alex McKay, one of the region’s most talented winemakers.
Corang Estate has been in business since January 2018, releasing a regional range of wines focused on Southern NSW, including Tumbarumba Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, Hilltops Shiraz and Tempranillo, plus a reserve Shiraz from the Canberra District, all receiving critical acclaim.
Corang Estate wines are available at a number of farmers’ markets in the broader region. They are also stocked in key bottle shops, including many Dan Murphys and BWS stores as well as local restaurants and hotels.