Award Winning Mudgee Wines 2018

There are so many different associations, affiliations and specialist Wine tasters who’s sole job it is to taste and judge the quality of wine around the world. A job many of us have probably fantasised about, however it is a serious industry. Here in Mudgee we have a swath of medal winning wine makers, celebrating the world class wine that we produce in this region. From Halliday's Wine Companion to the local Mudgee Wine Show, we've compiled a list of some of our regions award winning drops from 2018.

You can't really can't begin without mentioning a few of our shining stars, who are consistent in their reign of producing fine wines. Robert Stein has to be one of the regions most highly awarded vineyards, and their Riesling, year after year accumulates accolades from near and far. In fact they have a track record of producing a range of both red & white award winning wines consistently each year. Robert Oatley is a renowned wine producer with vineyards Australia wide, and their Mudgee wines aren't taking a back seat to some of their more prolific regions. Their Mudgee Shiraz varieties brought home medals from 4 different wine shows Australia wide. Gilbert Family Wines brought home no less than 9 medals at the 2018 NSW Wine awards, for 9 different wines! Bunnamagoo is another well known representative, who did outstandingly at the local Mudgee show & the NSW Wine Awards with a diverse range of medal winning wines.

There are so many that deserve a mention; Lowe Wines with some of our favourite organic & biodynamic varieties, Gooree Park, Burrundulla, Huntington Estate - who are renowned for their stunning reds - but again have claimed awards for a wide range of wines styles, there's Moothi, Logan and not to mention First Ridge - who brought home a gold trophy at the NSW Small Wine Makers Awards for their stunning Vermentino. What is really impressive is seeing our small wine makers making a big impression - like LMB, who took out a prestigious gold trophy for Best Riesling at the NSW Small Winemakers Show, which is no mean feat!

Check out the results from some of the latest wine competitions below.

Robert Stein Wines
2016 Riesling Champion Wine of Show
Jacob Stein * Winemaker of the Year
2009 Riesling Best Museum White Wine
2016 Riesling Best White Wine, not Chardonnay or Semillon
2017 Kinnear Best Mudgee Classic Blend of Show
2017 Reserve chardonnay Best Chardonnay
Bunnamagoo * Most Successful Exhibitor
Bunnamagoo Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Best Cabernet
Bunnamagoo Estate 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Best Red Wine, not Cabernet or Shiraz -
Robert Oatley Vineyards
Robert Oatley Vineyards Pocketwatch 2017 Shiraz Most Outstanding Red Wine of Show
Robert Oatley Vineyards Pocketwatch 2017 Shiraz Most outstanding Shiraz
Huntington Estate
Paul Winfield * Vitaculturalist of the Year
2015 Late Harvest Semillon Most Outstanding Sweet Wine of Show
Lowe Wines
2009 Block 5 Shiraz Best organic/ biodynamic/ preservative free wine
2009 Block 5 Shiraz Best Museum Red Trophy
Westcourt Wines
2000 Muscat Most outstanding fortified wine of show
Petersons Wine
2012 Semillon Best Semillon
1838 Wines
2018 Classic French Style Rose Best Rose wine of show

* Non Wine Category

The 2018 Halliday Wine Companion has extensive write-ups on each winery, and tasting notes from all of the wines that are judged. It is an excellent reference point for any wine aficionado, and below is just a snippet of some of Mudgee's scoring wines. We have only listed the top 3 medal winning wines for each Mudgee Winery listed, you'll need to buy the companion for full details.

Bunnamagoo Estate 4.5 stars
1827 Hand Picked Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 95 Gold
Riesling 2017 94 Silver*
Merlot 2016 94 Silver*
#Bunnamagoo has a further 5 medal winning wines
Eloquesta 5 stars
By Stuart Olsen Mudgee Shiraz Petit Verdot 2014 95 Gold
By Stuart Olsen Mudgee Shiraz Petit Verdot 2015 95 Gold
By Stuart Olsen Blush Black Muscat Voignier 2017 94 Silver*
#Eloquesta has a further 2 medal winning wines
Ernest Schuetz Estate 4.5 stars
Epica Amarone Method Mudgee Shiraz Cabernet 2015 95 Gold
Terra X Mudgee Dry Rose 2017 90 Silver
First Ridge 4 stars
Mudgee Rose 2017 90 Silver
Mudgee Barbera 2016 90 Silver
Gilbert Family Wines 5 stars
Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Orange Sauvignon Blanc 2017 95 Gold
Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Barrel Select Orange Pinot Noir 95 Gold
Gilbert by Simon Gilbert Orange Riesling 2017 94 Silver*
#Gilbert's has a further 2 medal winning wines
Gooree Park Wines 4 stars
Crowned Glory Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 93 Silver
Mudgee Late Harvest Semillon NV 91 Silver
Don Eduardo Mudgee Shiraz Cabernet 2016 89 Bronze
Huntington Estate 4.5 stars
Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 95 Gold
Semillon 2017 94 Silver*
Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2016 94 Silver*
#Huntington has a further 12 medal winning wines
Logan Wines 4.5 stars
Ridge of Tears Orange Shiraz 2015 94 Silver*
Weemala Orange Reisling 2017 93 Silver
Hannah Orange Rose 2017 93 Silver
#Logan's has a further 5 medal winning wines
Lowe Wines 5 stars
Block 5 Shiraz 2014 97 Gold*
Nullo Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2017 94 Silver*
Nullo Mountain Riesling 2015 93 Silver
#Lowe's has a further 6 medal winning wines
Mansfield Wines 4 stars
Shiraz Cabernet 2014 91 Silver
Firetail 2015 90 Silver
Mourvedre 2016 90 Silver
Peterson’s 3.5 stars
Jamie’s Mudgee Quatro 2015 90 Silver
Robert Oatley 5 stars *
Montrose Black Mudgee Shiraz 2016 92 Silver
Wild Oats Mudgee Rose 2017 90 Silver
Robert Stein 5 stars *
Reserve Mudgee Riesling 2017 96 Gold
Mudgee Riesling 2017 95 Gold
The Kinnear Shiraz 2015 95 Gold
#Robert Stein's has a further 7 medal winning wines
Rosby 3.5 stars
Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 91 Silver
Vinifera Wines 3.5 stars
Organic Semillon 2017 90 Silver
Walter Wines 4 stars
Federation Hill Reserve Mudgee Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 94 Silver*
Federation Hill Reserve Mudgee Chardonnay 2017 93 Silver
Federation Hill Mudgee Shiraz 2013 93 Silver
#Walter Wine's has a further 2 medal winning wines
Yeates Wines 3.5 stars
The Gatekeeper Reserve 2016 89 Bronze

* Scores that are the top of their range and are bordering on being in the next highest catagory

Burnbrae Wines
2018 Twinkle Toes Chardonnay Bronze
2017 Vine Keeper Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Bronze
Bunnamagoo Estate
2018 Riesling Bronze
2017 1827 Chardonnay Bronze
2018 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Bronze
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Silver
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot Bronze
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Bronze
2016 Autumn Semillon Bronze
Gilbert Family Wine
Gilbert 2018 RS13 Riesling Bronze
Gilbert 2017 RS14 Riesling Bronze
Gilbert 2012 Riesling Silver
G&Co 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Bronze
Gilbert 2016 LCR Chardonnay Silver
Gilbert 2016 Chardonnay Bronze
Gilbert 2018 Rose Bronze
Gilbert 2016 Shiraz Bronze
Gooree Park Wines
2016 Don Eduardo Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Bronze
Huntington Estate
2014 Special Reserve Shiraz Silver
2015 Weemala Riesling Bronze
2018 Clementine Blushing Minnie Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier Bronze
2017 Weemala Pinot Noir Bronze
2016 Weemala Pinot Noir Bronze
2016 Weemala Shiraz, Viognier Bronze
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc Bronze
Robert Stein Winery
Reserve 2018 Riesling Silver
Dry 2018 Riesling Bronze
2017 Semillon Bronze
Reserve 2017 Chardonnay Bronze
Robert Oatley Vineyards
2017 Wild Oats Mudgee Chardonnay Bronze
Finisterre Mudgee 2016 Chardonnay Bronze
2016 Wild Oats Mudgee Shiraz Bronze

The Real Review

Another iconic Australian wine review guide, the team at The Real Review including globally renowned wine masters Huon Hooke and Bob Campbell review over 10,000 wines each year. Of these reviews a selection of Australia's best wineries obtain a Certificate of Excellence for consistently producing outstanding wine. We are proud to announce the Mudgee Wineries that made the list in 2018 - and you can head to the Real Review to see how many awards each vineyard accrued. Wineries are listed in their order of overall ranking.

Vineyard Gold Silver Bronze
Robert Stein Wines 7 11 12
Huntington Estate Wines 2 20 19
Lowe Family Wines 2 10 29
Robert Oatley Vineyards Mudgee 0 7 20
Quilty Wines 1 2 1
Logan Wines 0 11 49
Well Mannered Wine Co. 0 2 2
Vinifera 1 6 5
Manners Wine 0 2 0
Bunnamagoo 0 4 9
Robert Stein Winery
2018 Dry Riesling 85 Bronze
2017 Reserve Riesling 95 Gold
2017 Dry Riesling 88 Bronze
2016 Reserve Shiraz 88 Bronze
Robert Oatley Vineyards
2017 Signature Series Great Southern Riesling 87 Bronze
2018 Wild Oats Mudgee Pinot Grigio 87 Bronze
Montrose Mudgee Black Shiraz 92 Silver
Bunnamagoo Estate
2017 Pinot Gris 87 Bronze
2016 Autumn Semillon 90 Silver
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon 85 Bronze
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 86 Bronze
Logan Wines
2017 Clementine Pinot Gris 87 Bronze
Burrundulla Wines
2017 Semillon 87 Bronze
2016 Chardonnay 89 Bronze
2018 Tempranillo Rose 87 Bronze
First Ridge Wines
Mudgee Ridge Estate 2018 Vermentino 95 Top Gold
Gooree Park Wines
2016 Don Eduardo Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon 85 Bronze
Huntington Estate
2015 Special Reserve Shiraz 86 Bronze
2015 Bin Shiraz 85 Bronze
2015 Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 85 Bronze
2016 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 87 Bronze
LMB Wines
2018 Riesling 97 Top Gold
2017 Riesling 86 Bronze
2016 Chardonnay 86 Bronze
Moothi Estate
2018 Riesling 87 Bronze
2018 Viognier 87 Bronze
Moothi Rocks Winemaker's Blend 2017 Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 86 Bronze
Robert Stein
Half Dry 2018 Riesling 96 Top Gold
Robert Stein Reserve 2018 Riesling 88 Bronze
Robert Stein Dry 2017 Riesling 95 Gold
Robert Stein Reserve 2017 Chardonnay 87 Bronze
Robert Stein Farm Series Rose 2018 90 Silver