Visited Faisan Estate on Saturday in Orange – a small vineyard and winery in the sight of Mount Canobolas, 20 kms west of the city of Orange. Varieties include Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

I was particularly intrigued by their Pinot Noirs (1998 and 1999), that are unfiltered, and therefore quite opaque or cloudy compared to the clear burgundy rim (the edge of the wine in it’s glass) of a normal deep pinot. Still retains a lot of earthy characters. If you ever want to try an unfiltered Pinot, I think Faisan Estate would be the source.

Faisan Estate is open by appointment only. E-mail faisan@mpx.com.au

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