Robert Stein Dry Riesling 2021
We don’t normally link Mudgee with Riesling and certainly not with the grape’s history, but that is proving to be a mistake. The Robert Stein Winery traces its association back to 1838 when their ancestor, Johann Stein, arrived with the Macarthurs and the first cuttings of Riesling. Johann then had charge of those cuttings. Many years later, the mid 1970s, Robert Stein purchased the property which would become the estate and vineyards. Considerable success, not least on the show circuit, has followed and another generation of the family, Jacob, now makes the wines.
This wine was made mostly from estate fruit, including the original 1976 plantings. Whole bunch pressing, cool fermentation in stainless steel and extended lees contact. Pale straw in colour, notes of citrus, especially grapefruit. Nicely balanced, with bright and cleansing acidity. Has impressive length and is dry, as advertised. Expect this to continue to drink well, and even improve a touch, over the next five to eight years.