Cumulus Vintage 2014 - Update

Tuesday, 18th February 2014

Direct from the Winemaker’s Desk by Matt Atallah

Feb 18, 2014

Due to the heat we have had over the last few months, Cumulus have had a record breaking early start to vintage this year.

Our vintage casuals commenced on the 22nd of January, and we hardly had time to finish the training before we started taking in fruit. We have a mixed bunch of casuals this year, some students doing their first vintage, a couple of people with fairly extensive experience, and some complete wine industry virgins.

Our teams, led by winemakers Debbie Lauritz and Matt Atallah, work at opposite ends of the day to ensure we get all the grapes picked and crushed at the perfect time.

We have finished picking Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Semillon and Riesling with only the Sauvignon Blanc still to come in for the white grapes.

The whites are looking pretty good, we are starting to clean them up post ferment as tank space is at a premium as usual. Lots of racking and lees stirring as we go.

We ran some Chardonnay down into barrels early in the vintage and it is ticking away nicely towards dryness. The recent heavy rain did not cause much damage to our vineyard and has resulted in delayed picking for reds to allow the flavor profile to build up again prior to harvesting. We are picking our first reds this week, starting with Shiraz - we still can’t believe it isn’t even March!


Competition Winner!

Wednesday, 2nd October 2013

We are amazed at the response to our competition. We are also amazed at the number of first dates, engagements, weddings and anniversaries we have been part of!!We should be the Cupid Winery!!!

We are also delighted that our brands are part of your special family gatherings and moments when you gather to meet friends to relax and have a great time. Many are the times where yo have hada great dinner party or a casual bbq and we have helped you have a memorable experience. The poems were clever, you tugged at our heart stringsand made us laugh, however there can only be one winner and that is....

Kate Hathaway. Congratulations to Kate for winning our 'Win A Wine Weekend Away' competition. Kate will now enjoy a weekend for two in Orange during Wine Week. Well done Kate!


Wine Show Success

Monday, 30th September 2013

                                               MUNDUS VINI GERMANY 2013

Gold Medal
Rolling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013
Silver Medal
Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012
Rolling Shiraz 2011
Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cumulus Chardonnay 2011
Gold Medal
Climbing Merlot 2011 
Silver Medal
Cumulus Chardonnay 2011
Climbing Pinot Gris 2012
Climbing Shiraz 2011
Rolling Cabernet Merlot 2011
Seal of Approval
Cumulus Shiraz 2010
Rolling Chardonnay 2012
Rolling Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012
Rolling Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2012

New Zealand Ineternational Wine Show

Thursday, 19th September 2013

The Rolling GSM 2012 has just won a silver medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show.



Thursday, 12th September 2013

Some great results from the recent Riverina Wine Show:

2013 Rolling SBS - Bronze

2012 Rolling GSM - Silver

2011 Climbing Merlot - Bronze




Tour de OROC

Monday, 7th October 2013


Lycra pants and hundreds of kilometres of road will not deter the 11 Mayors of the Orana Region of Councils (OROC) in their quest to raise $100,000 to help build an accommodation unit at the Dubbo Base Hospital.

Cumulus Wines is a sponsor of this exciting event and we encourage everyone to be a part of it.

If you would like to get involved then visit this link.


Sydney Theatre Company & Cumulus Estate Wines

Thursday, 8th August 2013

Cumulus Estate Wines is delighted to announce its new sponsorship with Sydney Theatre Company beginning 1 August 2013.

Cumulus Estate Wines is pleased to have its range of Rolling, Climbing and Cumulus wines associated with the “premium” theatre company which attracts the best acting talent, directors and designers from all over Australia. 

‘We see our sponsorship with Sydney Theatre Company as an outstanding opportunity to spread our cool climate, high altitude, hand crafted story,’ said Cumulus Estate Wines Sales Director, David McLeod.

Read more here  


Spiegelau International Wine Competition

Tuesday, 25th June 2013

The Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013 results have been announced and the winning wines are:

Rolling Pink 2012.

Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Climbing Shiraz 2011
Rolling Cabernet Merlot 2011
Rolling Shiraz 2011


2013 Vintage Report

Friday, 17th May 2013

What a great season to be a grape grower! Only a few little curve balls to worry about rather than the bouncers we’ve had to face over the last few seasons, such as a deluge of rain during harvest, heat waves during flowering or non stop rain and wind that we had to deal with in 2011. This season has been a cracker and we reckon we have grown some our best fruit in in the last five years. 

The 2012/13 growing season started quite off quite cool and dry, with vine growth steady early on. 

We had a mild frost in early October that touched up some Cabernet and Merlot vines at the bottom of a few gullies but these vines soon caught up. The season soon warmed up with a return to average temperatures from November to January. The average temperatures combined with lower than average rainfall resulted in really well balanced canopies and minimal disease pressure. 

Vine foliage growth pulled up naturally reducing the need for green trimming in all varieties except the perennially vigorous Shiraz. Bunches were of an average size this season and well spread out in the bunch zone. 

We had quite a comprehensive canopy management plan this season for our Climbing and Cumulus blocks with wire lifting, shoot thinning and leaf plucking. We even trialled a mechanical leaf plucking machine on our reds, and we are now seeing great results in the wines with softer tannins evident. 

Vine balance was the best I have seen since 2008/09 and the fruit picked very cleanly during harvest. 

White wines are showing great elegance and fine flavours, with Chardonnay and our Sparkling base proving to be particularly good this year. Merlot is the standout red varietal.

Marty Gransden
Cumulus Viticulturalist


International Wine Challenge 2013

Monday, 27th May 2013

The results from the International Wine Challenge 2013 are out:

Silver – Rolling Cabernet Merlot 2011

Bronze - Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Bronze – Climbing Shiraz 2011

Bronze - Climbing Chardonnay 2012

Commended – Climbing Merlot 2011

Commended – Rolling (Unoaked) Chardonnay 2012



Friday, 24th May 2013

Rolling Shiraz 2011 has been awarded a Silver Medal at the 2013 Syrah du Monde recently held in France. Syrah du Monde is an international competition showcasing the best Syrah/Shiraz in the world.


Decanter World Wine Awards

Friday, 24th May 2013

Cumulus has picked up 4 Bronze and 6 Commended awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 recently held in the UK.

The winning wines are: 

Cumulus Chardonnay 2011
Climbing Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Climbing Shiraz 2011
Anthropology Shiraz 2011
Cumulus Shiraz 2010
Climbing Chardonnay 2012
Rolling Pink 2012
Rolling Shiraz 2011
Rolling (Unoaked) Chardonnay 2012

Inkberry Shiraz Cabernet 2011



Wednesday, 15th May 2013

We are pleased to announce that the Rolling Cabernet Merlot 2011 has just been awarded a Silver Medal at the International Wine Challenge. A great result for a superb wine.

To view all the results click here.


90+ by James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Monday, 30th July 2012

Cumulus Estate Wines are proud to announce the achievment of six of our wines rated 90 points and above in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 edition.

James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion is the No. 1 best-selling guide on wineries and wine in Australia. James in one of the world's leading authorities on Australian wine, matching intelligent, honest reviews with unparalleled knowledge of, and passion for, the wine industry.

For more information visit the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion website.

Climbing Chardonnay 2011 = 90
Climbing Pinot Gris = 90
Climbing Merlot 2010 = 91

Cumulus Chardonnay 2011 = 93
Cumulus Shiraz 2010 = 91
Cumulus Shiraz 2009 = 93



Tuesday, 26th June 2012

The Cairns Wine Show Awards presented by Profile Magazine has become a feature on the Australian Wine Industry Calendar...and our Rolling Shiraz picked up a Gold Medal at the recent Cairns Wine Show.


2012 Vintage Report

Tuesday, 3rd April 2012

Vintage commenced on the 16th February (same date as last year) with the harvesting of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio for our Sparkling base. Since then, we have picked our Chardonnay for Rolling, Climbing & Cumulus. We have also picked Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc.

We have picked our Shiraz & Merlot with some of our Cabernet and awaiting the last of our Cabernet block to ripen.

We aim to be finished picking just after Easter.