Third Generation Begins
January 2009 marked the exciting beginning of the third generation at the Robert Stein Winery. Robert ‘Bob’ Steins Grandson, Jacob, has returned to Mudgee to become the family winemaker.
Andrew Stein said it is great having Jacob return and implement the experience he has had in the industry. Jacob completed his Viticulture and Winemaking Degree in 2005, and has been a travelling winemaker for the past 4 years. Jacob has managed to fit 5 destinations into his travels, following the Grape Harvest from Southern Hemisphere to Northern Hemisphere. Starting in Pyrenees Victoria, then to Germany in the Rheingau and Rheinhessen regions making great Riesling, also Canada, Italy, Margaret River for Ultra Premium Moss Wood Winery in 2008.
Even after all my travels over the last few years, I still get the same great feeling every time I drive over the hill on the Sydney Road and see the Mudgee Valley. Beautiful streets, buildings, houses, great food and cafes, wine and honey. Mudgee still has the small town feeling, whilst offering so much from a touristic perspective.
Mudgee has some wines that are first class and can be compared to some of the best in Australia. The great thing about Mudgee is the ability of the region to grow, and do well, a very wide spectrum of grape varieties. Unlike many other regions were just shiraz and cabernet are grown. From Aleatico through to Zinfandel, Italian varietals are also a highlight. Our Shiraz can be deep, rich and intense with great earthiness and the ability to age well. I think Mudgees white wines are extremely underated and our true potential not yet anounced. With cool nights and warm days during the ripening season, it gives whites the ability to mature flavours and retain their freshness and natural acidity.
I see Riesling as being one of the potential trademark varieties that will take Mudgee further up the ranks in terms of being a recognized region. There has been a number of times when Mudgee Rieslings have far outshone the Clare and Eden Valleys at their own game.