Swift and sparkling
Above: David Swift, the member for Calare John Cobb, and Ed Swift at the launch of Swift sparkling wines
The brand-name is Swift, and the two method traditionelle wines are a $40 non-vintage and $50 2010 vintage, both clean, delicate, fine wines. They’ve retained Rudolf Peters of Champagne Pierre Peters (tasting notes) as a consultant, and the plan is to have a flagship blanc de blancs in future.
Spokesman Ed Swift says a development application has been filed for a complex which will include an underground wine aging, riddling, disgorgement and packaging facility, two food outlets (a bistro and fine dining restaurant), 40 up-market rooms, and cellar door sales. He estimates the spend will be over $15 million.
“We believe Orange has the potential to compete with Tasmania in sparkling wine, particularly our high-altitude sites,” he says. “We also believe that eventually a developer would have come to Orange and done this, and as a local family, we’d prefer to do it first.”
The complex will be at Borenore, on the same road as Philip Shaw’s vineyard. “We expect to be building within a couple of years.” The wines were launched during the recent Orange Wine Week by the Member for Calare, John Cobb.