2022 vintage and new vineyards for Robert Stein wines

Winemaker Jacob Stein continues to build on his reputation as one of the country’s leading Riesling producers, with the release of his latest wines, the 2022 Robert Stein Dry Riesling and 2022 Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling.

Jacob has again managed to negotiate vintage vagaries to continue his Riesling winemaking consistency, claiming several awards for both new wines. “We are quite excited about the release of these wines, after another tough season in the vineyard due to high rainfall,” says Jacob. “However, the challenging conditions created the ideal opportunity for our vineyard to shine, and we grew clean and high-quality Riesling in a tough year. 

“The cooler season, with slow ripening, produced crisp and higher acidity levels with no sunburn opportunity meaning we have excellent quality with very age-worthy attributes.” 

The 2022 vintage marks 184 years since Jacob’s ancestor, Johann Stein brought Riesling cuttings to Australia under contract for the Macarthur family. They established a Riesling vineyard on the outskirts of Sydney. 184 years later Jacob Stein has turned the soil and is planting another block of Riesling vines on their Mudgee property.

“This 2.5-hectare extension to our Riesling vineyard is in response to the growing demand for our Mudgee Riesling. The new plantings are on a south-west facing slope at an elevation of 580 metres in shale and quartz gravelly soil. The east-west running rows are closely planted with our favourite Riesling clones. “It’s an exciting time for our little family winery. Whilst we struggled with drought and covid, our vineyard and winemaking team are excited for the future.”

The 2022 Robert Stein Dry Riesling was made from estate grown and hand-picked grapes from the lower section of the Stein’s 1976 block. The fruit was handpicked over a number of days, and whole bunch pressed, then fermented cool in stainless steel with extended lees contact to showcase the natural fruit purity of the variety.

The 2022 Half Dry Riesling vintage is the second from the Angullong vineyard located in Orange at an elevation of just over 600 metres. With its crisp natural acidity, the fruit from this vineyard suits the residual sugar balance perfectly; we think this is a stunning wine.”

2022 Robert Stein Dry Riesling (Mudgee, NSW) $40

  • Gold Medal, NSW Small winemakers Show 2022
  • Gold Medal, Mudgee wine show 2022

2022 Robert Stein Half Dry Riesling (Orange, NSW) $50

  • Trophy for Best off dry White, NSW Small winemaker show 2022
  • Gold Medal, NSW Small winemaker Show 2022
  • Gold Medal, Orange Wine Show 2022
  • Gold Medal, NSW Wine Awards 2022

Distribution:  Distributed by Red+White or directly from their cellar door and robertstein.com.au

For further information please contact:

  • David Cumming at Define Wine Marketing & Communications: 0414 736 342 or david@definewine.com.au
  • Jacob Stein at Robert Stein Wines:  02 6373 3991 or jacob@robertstein.com.au

Robert Stein Wines can trace their winemaking history back to 1838, when the famous Macarthur family brought Johann Stein to Australia with the country’s first cuttings of Rhine Riesling. These vines flourished at Camden Park under Johann’s careful watch.  138 years later, in 1976, Robert ‘Bob’ Stein purchased 75 acres in Mudgee and renewed the Stein passion for viticulture. Jacob is the third-generation winemaker and was named 2012 Gourmet Traveller Young Winemaker of the Year as well as awarded Mudgee Winemaker of the Year in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021. The 2016 Robert Stein Dry Riesling was awarded the Trophy for the Best Riesling at the 2019 and 2021 Sydney Royal Wine Show.