Jacob Stein, winemaker is un-apologetically using Riesling to make his stamp on the region and showcase just how good it can be.
Robert Stein, Riesling, Mudgee, 2015
Floral nose with a distinct lime pickle aroma. Partially fermented on skins gives complexity. Tart, fresh and lively. Lime rind and pith over slatey minerality. Feels fuller bodied, maybe as a result of the natural, skins ferment. Stated as dry on the IRF spectrum Refreshing, balanced and a bargain.
Robert Stein, Half-Dry Riesling, Mudgee, 2015
This cleaned up at the 2015 Mudgee wine show, taking out: Most Outstanding Sweet Wine, Most Outstanding White Wine and the big one: Champion Wine Of Show.
20% wild ferment on skins, older French oak maturation. Sexy limes and lime marmalade, fly spray, chalk.
Into the medium dry sector on the IRF spectrum, there’s quartz mineral rocks, lime juice and the sweet note of balanced residual sugar. “Thirst” Life-Saver finish: all zingy. Half dry probably does this a disservice, the air of expectation of residual sweetness is well and truly trumped with the natural linear acidity. This is such a beautiful wine, it’s ethereal and delicate for the now, its only mortal coil being that RS. Deservedly takes a step towards being one of the flagships of the Mudgee region.