Welcome to Mortimer’s family vineyard

After retiring from his Rugby League career at the Canterbury Bulldogs, Peter and Julie Mortimer moved to Orange with the desire to raise their 5 young sons in the country. After purchasing 45 acres just north of Orange, Peter put the family to work, planting a vineyard in 1995. Following years of hard work and a growing passion for the wine industry, the first Mortimer’s wines were bottled in 2001. The Mortimer family property (named Chestnut Garth) sat behind the old March Schoolhouse which had closed its gates in 1976. After purchasing it off the local council in 2007, it was converted into the Mortimer’s Wines Cellar Door.

The rich 150 year history of the March Schoolhouse has been preserved and makes the perfect setting to taste our wide range of award winning wines.

We welcome you to our little piece of paradise…

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Your palate is unique...Mortimers Wine Family Club

Rather than sending you wines you may not love, our wine club allows you to choose from our recommendation and we will apply 20% discount to your purchase. Then you receive 15% discount from all other wine purchases.

Our Wines

Cool Climate Wines of Orange

We grow Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot at our Chestnut Garth Vineyard and source Sauvignon Blanc grapes from a neighbouring vineyard.

These grapes are transformed into stunning cool climate wines by master wine makers Simon Gilbert and Chris Derrez.

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Our Location

Central West NSW

Crossing over the blue mountains, Orange is located 3.5 hours drive west of Sydney.

Mt Canobolas is an extinct volcano and has furnished the region with many parcels of rich basalt soil. The volcanic soils, altitude and large temperature ranges provide arguably the best cool climate grape growing conditions in Australia.

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Testimonials

Michael Pinkus

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If I learned anything during my trips to the Southern Hemisphere it’s this: if you buy yourself a winery name a wine after your wife, because she put up with your folly of starting a winery. And by the way, better make it good. Peter Mortimer did just that. A blend of 66% Shiraz and 34% Cabernet Sauvignon made in very limited quantity: silky and spicy with a generosity of dark fruit, mocha, black cherry, coffee, and smoked-meat along with well-integrated oak so that everything is balanced. It’s a best year wine that has been made only four times in 23 years: 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2016. And because it’s named after his wife Peter warned me against calling it “full-bodied” – advice taken.

 

Michael Pinkus

Michael is the wine columnist for Quench (formerly Tidings), GoodLife, Ottawa Life and Grand magazines as well as a regular contributor to Grapevine magazine ... his reviews are also regularly picked up by the LCBO’s Vintages magazine.
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CHRIS DERREZ SHIRAZ 2015 FROM MORTIMER’S OF ORANGE

Deep, intense red colour with a strong purple rim. The bouquet is lifted with a peppermint, blackberry, dark plum perfume, and the palate is intense, fine-boned and beautifully poised, with good length and harmony. The tannins are fine, pleasantly firm and well-modulated. A lovely wine in a fairly conventional style. Fruit rules: oak is barely perceptible. This spent 7 months less in wood than the Simon Gilbert wine: all French, puncheons and barriques. ($120 at cellar door in a twin pack with the Simon Gilbert wine) 10/12/2016

SCORE 95/100

Drink 2017 to 2033

Huon Hooke

Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards and judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year.
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SIMON GILBERT SHIRAZ 2015 FROM MORTIMERS OF ORANGE

Deepish red colour with a purple tint, similar but slightly less intense
than the Chris Derrez version. The bouquet is attractive, slightly meaty and foresty with some whole-bunch components suspected. A hint of sandalwood. The bouquet is very fine and subtle, with no one thing dominating. Fine oak adds to the perfume. The palate is soft and fine-grained with again no sharp edges or dominant notes, the tannins fine and silky-soft with harmony and length. And great immediate drinkability. An effortless wine in a more rounded style. This is marginally softer and more approachable early than the Derrez version. It spent 7 months longer in barriques, 70% French 30% American oak. ($120 at cellar door in a twin pack with the Chris Derrez wine) 10/12/2016

SCORE 95/100

Drink 2017 to 2031

Huon Hooke

Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards and judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year.