WINNER of a Winepilot Trophy for the greatest value wines in Australia.
Forget everything you think you know about Mudgee and wine from New South Wales. Mudgee is the real deal, plain and simple – it’s just not hip. You see, fashion is a powerful thing in the wine game. It drives tastes around the country and the world. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect example, coming from nothing to be the most poplar wines in the land. And just like all fashion, the best and less obvious often get left behind – ignored and left to struggle while plenty of ‘fashionable’ regions can turn out some pretty average wine and they’ll easily find a home.
So if you want to be ahead of the curve jump on the Mudgee train as it’s home to subtle and savoury wines. They are not fruit bombs, full of jammy flavours. They are not hip cool climate styles with lashings of acidity. No they are suave and understated. – generous flavoursome wines that deliver, and great food wines.
One of Mudgee’s greatest wines are the local Rieslings, with Robert Stein the leader. But if South Australian Rieslings are your thing then get ready for a bit of a shock. Gone is the tart acidity and replaced by a gentle crisp style. The wines also doesn’t taste like bottled lime juice; they are more floral, and slightly tropical with a touch of guava fruit and even a little bit of French funk. What these wines alsohave is balance and flavour, power and fruit length.
Robert Stein’s Riesling 2019 has already got a couple of trophies thanks to its combination of power and elegance in a dry and understated style. It’s great value, super now and will be for the next 8 to 10 years.