Gartelmann Rylstone Mudgee Petit Verdot 2015

Petit verdot is more traditionally seen in blends rather than on its own, but it can work well in warm to hot climates and this is a very good expression of it.  From Gartelmann in Mudgee, the wine has aromas of intense black fruits, prunes, licorice and dusty cedar.  The palate is full bodied, with […]

Tim Stevens Signature Mudgee Shiraz 2016

While not cheap at $100, this is Mudgee shiraz at its most refined.  There are gentle aromatics of spice, plums, menthol and some earthiness.  In terms of winemaking, after a 3 day cold soak, the wine spent only 5 days fermenting on skins before being pressed off to continue fermentation in barrels (60% new).  The […]

Gartelmann Jesse Mudgee Shiraz 2014

The 2014 vintage of Gartelmann’s Mudgee shiraz has rich aromas of plums, oak, vanilla and cedar.  The palate is full bodied, with oak and spiced plums on the finish.  Approachable if somewhat oaky at this point, this wine may improve with at least five years in the cellar.  Rating: Good. Abv: 14.8%. Price: $30. Website: […]

Huntington Estate Basket Dried Shiraz Mudgee 2015

I wasn’t able to track down the winemaking of this wine, but an Amarone style is presumed with a contribution from dried shiraz grapes.  The results are very good indeed, and I think this wine from Huntington Estate has considerable appeal.  In terms of aroma, it is quite port and raisin like.  The palate is […]

Huntington Estate Mudgee Shiraz 2013

This is a classically Australian expression of warm climate shiraz.  The wine is deeply coloured, with rich aromas of chocolate, dark plum and soy.  The palate is fruity with cedar, mid weight tannins, plenty of stuffing and quite long length on the finish.  This a style that has broad appeal and would be terrifically easy […]

Robert Stein Semillon Riesling Gewürtztraminer Mudgee 2017

This is a somewhat unusual white blend that finds semillon, riesling and gewürtztraminer together.  In the glass, it’s a pale yellow in colour, and has aromas that remind of grass and apple skins, perhaps explicable by the 7 day ferment on skins.  The palate is fresh and the acidity apple like.  Some CO2 and a […]

Robert Stein Mudgee Reserve Chardonnay 2016

This reserve chardonnay from Robert Stein in Mudgee is white gold in colour and opens to aromas of fine cedar wood, pineapple and paw paw.  The palate is full bodied, with great length and good acidity.  The 50% new French oak is eaten by the fruit, and the partial malolactic fermentation has contributed to the […]

Huntington Estate Special Reserve Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

A second cabernet sauvignon wine from Mudgee and Huntington Estate.  Both are pretty good actually.  This wine is the special reserve and has an aroma that reminds of oak and spice, coupled with sweet and ripe fruit.  The palate is dry, the acidity high, the tannins quite high and the length on the finish is […]