12 February 2014
Team Plonk is now in Orange where Chris attempts to show off his wine matching in front of Racine Restaurant Chef Shaun Arantz. Nothing says cool climate wines like altitude. At least that’s what Nathan thinks as he drags the Plonk crew up to Australia’s highest vineyard, high atop Mount Canobolas.
Chris is not happy with the idea, preferring the team spend their final day of the shoot interviewing local Orange winemakers. Eventually relenting, Nathan sends Chris off to De Salis Wines to secure an interview with winemakers Charlie Svenson and Will Rikard-Bell. Along the way he runs into winemaker Murray Smith from Canobolas-Smith Wines who gives him a lift in his vintage motorbike and sidecar.
Meanwhile, on the mountain, Nathan’s attempt to capture the altitude on camera goes pear shaped, resulting in a fractured neck for the Plonk cameraman. With a final send-off from esteemed winemaker Philip Shaw, the team head to Orange Airport to wrap up shooting before the short flight back to Sydney.
We then cut to 6 weeks later and the night of the Plonk launch party at the Vinegrove in Mudgee. Attendance is abysmal, and even Josh’s parents don’t want to be there. Life of the party, Dan Ilic decides to invite what little guests there are back to his place and clears the room before the screening can even take place.
Orange locations and attractions featured:
An innovative menu combined with a focus on the best local produce and a huge selection of local wines. The restaurant enjoys sensational rural views across the vineyard, valley and the lights of Orange.
De Salis Wines
De Salis is a small, boutique winery located on the highest vineyard in Orange. The minimalist handcrafted winemaking philosophy ensures premium cool-climate wines, highlighting the regions exceptional quality.
Canobolas Smith Wines
A small family company making premium quality wines from six hectares of mature, non irrigated vineyards on the northern slopes of Mt. Canobolas, Orange. All wines are handcrafted and all fruit is hand picked to optimise the finest quality.
Swinging Bridge Wines
Swinging Bridge Estate was first planted in 1995 in Orange, at around 900 metres in elevation, making them some of the highest in Australia. This elevation offers the vines a long, cool ripening period which in turn delivers great flavour intensity and natural acidity.
Philip Shaw Wines
Located on a high altitude vineyard in Orange, Philip Shaw Wines produce unique wines of distinction. Orange is also noted for intense sunlight, which, coupled with the cool growing season, result in wines of bright fruit and distinct elegance.