Smoke free zones. They are everywhere these days. They have even made the CBD of Hobart a smoke free zone. Good thing too.
How good (and lucky) is it that Robert Stein wines have their own little smoke free zone in Mudgee? Their vineyard is situated in such a spot that, when the smoke from the terrible bush fires headed in their direction, it was “funneled…away from the vineyard, ensuring the smoke didn’t settle over (them).” As a result, Jacob Stein was able to pick the Riesling and release a wine which, “…has allowed us to retain all of our staff who continue to inspire and support the business during the ongoing challenges.”
Very interesting aromatically. Quite floral with a touch of spice, served blind, you could be forgiven for thinking there was a touch of Gewurztraminer in the mix but then the citrus characters come through and it draws you in for a closer look. The Palate is definitely Riesling. Citrus dominant (more limes than lemons), apple like acidity (tangy not tart) and a nice touch of texture too. Okay, so it doesn’t have the same intensity as previous Robert Stein wines but it’s still up there. It’s fresh and lively, and there’s plenty to like I reckon. Nice work Jacob Stein.
Region: Mudgee, NSW Price: $35 Source: Sample courtesy of Robert Stein and Define Wine