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winter PICKS from mudgee & orange

The red wines of Mudgee and Orange in NSW's Central Ranges provide excellent value winter drinking, without skimping on quality or complexity. Here are our top picks.


First Ridge Wines in Mudgee.

First Ridge Wines, 0418 161 132

2017 Barbera, $30

You need this award-winning wine in your life. Spicy berry aromas and brooding rich dark plum notes, with spiced vanillin oak, silky tannins and bright acidity. The perfect accompaniment to almost any food, from delicate meats and seafoods to more robust pastas and hardy roasts. Drink now or cellar for up to 10-15 years – if you can resist.

Huntington Estate, 1800 995 931

2015 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, $45

Lovely complex cedar, cigarbox and cassis aromas; a wine of superior concentration and clarity, elegance and lush fruit sweetness countered by ample but soft tannins. Fleshy texture. Outstanding drive and length of palate. All components are in great harmony. – Huon Hooke

Gilbert, (02) 6373 1371

2018 Rouge, Mudgee, $20

This six-variety red blend of shiraz, sangiovese, petit verdot, barbera, pinot noir and tempranillo is a perfect match for a mid-week winter night by the fire. With notes of dark berry, plum and cocoa, it’s a textural and plush red blend that showcases the vibrancy and freshness Mudgee reds can display in their youth.

Logan, (02) 6373 1333

2018 Ridge of Tears Mudgee Shiraz 564M, $50

Ridge of Tears showcases the style and quality potential of shiraz from Mudgee. Crafted from low yielding vines for perfect balance and concentration, it is plunged by hand and fermented in small batches before being basket pressed and matured in oak for 12-15 months.

Gilbert, (02) 6373 1371

2018 Pinot Noir, orange, $28

40% whole cluster fermentation from an array of clones sourced from two high-altitude sites in Orange, this is a delicate and focused style of pinot noir with notes of red cherry, forest floor and spice.

Robert Stein Winery, (02) 6373 3991

2016 Reserve Shiraz, $50

The Reserve Shiraz is made from grapes hand-harvested from the 40-year-old vines on the Robert Stein family vineyard. This is one of the flag-bearers of the new wave of Mudgee, made by third-generation young gun Jacob Stein and his team. This shiraz is medium bodied and full of complex spice and dark fruits, with excellent ageing potential.