The beginning - John Roth
Arguably one of Mudgee's most famous vineyards, the piece of land on the town's outskirts was originally planted with 9ha of Shiraz grapes by local farmer, John Roth (think Roths' wine bar) in 1968. Cabernet and more Shiraz plantings were made some time later, bringing the vineyard size to 16ha.
Rosemount’s iconic ‘Mountain Blue’
The Vineyard was eventually bought by Rosemount who named the single-vineyard flagship wine "Mountain Blue". This went on to become the most awarded wine in Mudgee's history with the first wine in 1994 establishing a long and formidable tradition of winning gold medals and trophies at the Sydney Wine Show and other such shows, a record that was repeated for many years until they were taken over by Fosters in 2005. At the time it was Rosemount's most successful export wine - especially in the USA. Mountain Blue was only made between 1994 and 2006 and in that time wine 24 trophies and 75 gold medals. James Halliday and Jeremy Oliver gave scores up to 96 points to the wines and they remain highly collectable with many devout fans in the wine world.
Foster's Ownership & Sale to the Yeates Family
Foster's made just one vintage of Mountain Blue wine, in 2006. This was the last time a wine was made under the label. For various reasons, namely, the global financial crisis and the looming wine glut, Foster's were prompted to sell many of their vineyards by tender in 2009, including Mountain Blue. At the time vineyards were selling for lower values than cleared land and many vineyards were being pulled out altogether. Local Angus cattle breeders and red wine lovers Sandy & Victoria Yeates submitted a tender for the vineyard in a bid to save the renowned vineyard and were successful.
YEATES wines - THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE VINEYARD'S HISTORY
While a large portion of the vineyard is currently being leased to Lowe Wines to produce their "Mudgee Blue" wine, the remaining vines are used to produce a small yet high-quality parcel of grapes which we reserve each vintage to be made under the Yeates label. The wine is being made by local winemaker Jacob Stein who was anointed as Gourmet Travellers's Australian Young Winemaker of the Year in 2012.