2014 Robert Stein Kinnear Shiraz
2014 Robert Stein Kinnear Shiraz
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In 1838, Johann Stein arrived in Australia on board a boat called The Kinnear.
Johann ended up tending the Camden Park Vineyard back in the 1830s, starting a proud family tradition of wine production that continues to this day.
It was only fitting that the modern day Robert Stein winery in Mudgee - run by Jacob Stein - would name an icon red after this legacy, and the Kinnear was born.
Robust and firmly structured, this powerful red has an agelessness that Mudgee is famous for. You can just feel the cellarability and know that the future is going to be very very kind.
The colour is very deep and bright and youthful; the bouquet gloriously complex with smoky, spicy dark berry and cherry aromas, while the wine is not overly big on the palate but has a real touch of elegance. It’s not a blockbuster. The tannins and acidity have been beautifully managed and the wine is seamless and delicious. An outstanding development in Mudgee shiraz.'
Only came across the wines of Robert Stein a few years ago, and in my mind they are one of the best kept secrets of Australian wine. The quality they are producing across their range is exceptional and they are flying the flag for Mudgee... The palate is framed by silky, yet impactful tannins that have a vanillin edge, in terms of fruit dark plum enjoys a touch of undergrowth and spice before the finish ripples with a layered mix of dark fruits, olive and smokey oak. An impactful wine now that will grow in stature with time.'
Earthy, smokey and savoury characters are the hero flanked stewed plum and dried dark berry fruit seemingly taking a back seat. The fruit steps up and plays more of a part in later days. Power without punch, the fruit is undoubtedly generous too. Black pepper spice and chalky tannins close up shop. Once in form, there’s a rhythm to this wine which is hard to ignore. It’s best drinking ahead of it, but for now, it seems in need of more rest. Give it that, but if you must drink now, decant hours before drinking.'
A wine far lighter on its feet than regional expectations would suggest. Red and black currant, satsuma plum, Asian five-spice, liquorice and cinnamon are all present. The palate is full, but at this stage tightly bound to a phalanx of well massaged, vanilla-soaked tannins. All augurs well for a long future.'
Hat tip to Jacob Stein, and what is easily the best winery in the region (look only at recent Mudgee wine shows for evidence). The nose is more Rhone than ‘the Mudge’, with pepper steak and cranberry amidst the coffee powder caramel oak. Underneath the palate is still coming together, with grainy and very savoury dark chocolate oak dominating, the fruit filling out the rest. A big appeal here is the silky smooth texture and the length and breadth of the palate. That oak is dominant for now, but such classy shapes underneath. A Mudgee standout. Best drinking: Wait. Come back in five years. It will be a twenty year wine.'
How's it taste?
The wine displays a strong bouquet of blackberry and earth, with a soft but pronounced tannin structure.
How was it made?
The hand-picked fruit was fermented in small open fermenters, and hand plunged several times daily. 2014 was an excellent vintage, and the perfect opportunity to start a flagship red. Beautiful winter rain, set us up with excellent vineyard balance. We had a great vintage, with warm conditions allowing perfect ripening across all varieties. A soft but pronounced tannin structure. Jacob Stein
Who made it?
The Robert Stein Vineyard and cellar door is located just a short drive from the centre of Mudgee, in the Central West of New South Wales. Robert Stein Vineyard and Winery is one of Mudgee's premier labels, established in 1976 and now in its third generation of expertise. Winemaker Jacob Stein has worked in many regions around the world including Germany, Italy, Canada and Margaret River in Western Australia. His experience abroad has brought wealth of new technique and theories and is working well to maintain the traditions and quality of all wines made at Robert Stein. Robert Stein produces a wide range of single vineyard wines, made solely from their 70 acre vineyard. The exposure of the brand and quality of wines has rapidly increased, with Jacob Stein at the Helm. Jacob was awarded the Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year award in 2012, further proof of his achievements in Mudgee. Robert Stein Winery has also been consecutively awarded a James Halliday 5 star winery in The Wine Companion since 2010.
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