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Robert Stein Wines: The Third Generation - TIZWINE article

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When Jacob Stein returned to his Mudgee home in 2008, the third  generation winemaker was warmly welcomed, and then put to work.  The 26  year old is Mudgee’s youngest winemaker and brings an international  perspective to the region’s winemaking.

Having worked several vintages in Germany, Italy and Canada, as well as  across Australia, Jacob brings a wealth of experience to the 34 year old  winery, reflected in the seven trophies and eight gold medals the  winery has been awarded since 2009.

“It’s been a fantastic couple of years,” commented Jacob. “To be able to  return straight into the winemaking role and work closely with my  family has been fantastic.  I’m loving Mudgee!  We are putting greater  emphasis on our vineyards, and the results have been exceptional,  particularly in the Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.”

The Robert Stein Rieslings are beginning to show the region in a new  light.  “We have made a Half Dry Riesling ($25) and a Reserve Riesling  ($35) from 2010.  I love the half dry Rieslings from Germany.  With the  perfect 2010 vintage, we separated the fruit from our younger 1992 vines  for the half dry style which has 18 grams residual.  Fruit from the  1976 vineyard was used in the Reserve wine which is a drier, tighter and  more classical style.  The 2010 Reserve will be released next year.”

Cabernet Sauvignon is the new ‘hero’ variety for Mudgee and Jacob’s 2008  Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) is further proof that Mudgee is seeing  a renaissance.  “2008 was a cool but dry year which ensured that the  grapes from these 32 year old vines ripened slowly, producing great  concentration.  Cabernet is well suited to Mudgee, and 2009 and 2010 was  no exception”

Another new wine is the 2009 Harvest Gold ($25), a botrytis Semillon  that was harvested at 35 Baume. “Fermentation was slow, for six months  at ten degrees, with a little oak influence. The ten percent dry  Riesling component added some natural acidity to the final blend.”

Jacob is also working with a number of other local wineries, contract  making wines for eight other brands as well as trying his hand with wine  show judging.  

“This is certainly keeping us busy, but it’s all part of the fun.   Associate judging at the recent Cowra Wine Show was a real challenge  with over 2000 entries.  It was great to work with the likes of Andrew  Spinaze from Tyrrells and many other peers.  I look forward to getting  involved in more wine shows in the future.”

2010 Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling:         Trophy, Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2010
Gold Medal, Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2010

Distribution: Robert Stein wines are distributed in NSW and direct from robertstein.com.au