A new release from the talented team at Robert Stein lead by 3rd generation (and award winning) winemaker Jacob. The “Nouveau” labelling giving a nod of winemaking intention towards early released wines from France (such as Beaujolais Nouveau) whilst using the local Mudgee red grape hero, Shiraz. 30% Whole bunch for the right amount of stalk-derived complexity, whilst “cold and carbonic maceration prior to fermentation” allows a softer, rounder flavour profile to be extracted before six months in French oak hogsheads, with only 20% new oak to help keep the tannin structure in check.
Robert Stein, Shiraz, Nouveau, Mudgee, 2017
Fleshy aromas of plum and cherry juice with a smoky, ferrous bent. The carbonic maceration reveals itself with a soft, red lolly confection while a stalky, herbal note leads to charred nutmeg and brown spice. Juicy, easy palate with dominant plush cherry and plum with a smear of blackberry. The supple, pliable tannins are enjoyable and simply a fine supporting actor. The steely, minerally back palate is brightened with youthful acidity and the smooth finish is highlighted with coffee like bittersweet tones. An enjoyable release ready for immediate consumption.