Angels liberate Naked’s 51st winemaker: Debbie Lauritz

Published by Tamara Harrison - 28th Apr 2019

Angels have just liberated Naked’s 51st winemaker, Debbie Lauritz.💥 Boom! 💥

Back in mid 2012 we launched ourselves into the supermarket duopoly-dominated world of wine with an inspired dream, ten hero winemakers and a tiny amount of handmade wines.

WOW! What a difference six years, 50 winemakers, 80,000 Angels and over 1,600,000 ratings makes!

It’s all because of Naked Angels that we’re changing the way wine is made and enjoyed in Australia. And, it’s because of their support that rockstar winemakers like Debbie Lauritz from out west in Orange, NSW, are knocking on the Naked HQ door wanting to make small batch, handcrafted wine exclusively for Angels.

This multi Trophy award-winning winemaker comes with serious street cred!

Debbie Lauritz is a passionate, cool-climate specialist with a C.V. that commands respect. Her winemaking passport is stamped with rites-of-passage sojourns to Alsace in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and Niagara in Canada before finally settling and crafting fine wines in the Central Ranges and Orange regions of New South Wales, Australia.

Working multiple vintages over many years at one of the most modern, celebrated, and cutting edge wineries in the region means Debbie has personally helped shape the success of this super-exciting corner of the wine world.

Yep, she’s that good!

And, all the while, being mentored by the iconic Philip Shaw (ex-Lindemans, Rosemount Estate, and Southcorp). Seriously – could any winemaker hope for a greater, more inspiring, cool-climate tutor than that guy?! Nope!

We did not hesitate for a second to welcome Debbie Lauritz to the Naked winemaking family

It was the opportunity to make the wines she really wanted to make, and the chance of creating her own special Puttin’ On Lau-Ritz range of awesome cool-climate delights that motivated Debbie to ring our doorbell.

“Finally! We’re proudly putting the name of Debbie Lauritz on the front label of her very own wines.”

Mark ‘Poll’ Pollard, Wine Guru at Naked Wines Australia

You’ll be lovin’ the luscious flavours in Debbie’s three cool-climate stunners:

Puttin’ On Lau-Ritz Shiraz 2017 – Shiraz from the Orange region is cool-climate winemaking at its best. Great fruit intensity and 25% new French oak has given up sensational flavours of cherry and blackberry with hints of blueberry and plum. Beautiful mid-palate fruit weight and a gorgeous fruity fleshiness all followed up by a touch of dark chocolate, coffee and a spiciness coming through from the oak. Seriously, the flavours of this Shiraz just go on and on!

Puttin’ On Lau-Ritz Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017 – all 3 parcels of varieties are picked & fermented separately to ensure the perfect balance of fruit, mouthfeel and length of flavour. The Grenache is all up front and ripe juicy red berry fruits and spice; the Shiraz gives a fleshiness and the darker, blackberry hints and plums; and the Mourvedre holds everything together with a delicious chewy tannin structure. Yummm!

Puttin’ On Lau-Ritz Pinot Gris 2018 – A blend of Orange & Central Ranges fruit picked from low yielding plots. 15% matured in old French oak and so has a brilliant balance of crispness, weight and texture. The crispness comes from the gorgeous natural acidity of the early picked grapes with hints of green pear and apple. The texture comes from the partial barrel ferment and the riper fruit spectrum comes from the grapes that were picked just a little bit later. Perfect with a roast or BBQ chorizo sausages!

Debbie Lauritz has pulled out all the stops to cover her Puttin’ On Lau-Ritz range in first-rate class! Without the support from Naked Angels, these wines would simply not exist. Thankyou.


Mark ‘Poll’ Pollard – Wine Guru


  • Follow Debbie Lauritz on her Naked Wines winemaker page to hear updates of the fine wines she’s crafting in the Central Ranges and Orange regions of New South Wales.
  • Angels, invite a friend to join you in drinking delicious wines. They’ll receive $100 off their first case, and you’ll get a credit in your Naked Wines piggy bank. It’s a win-win!
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