Gerald Naef ’s childhood home in sunny Lodi, California, was surrounded by the vast vineyard and winery operations of Gallo and Robert Mondavi. It would be hard to imagine a more different environment than that provided by Orange, where their cool-climate vineyard now sits at 930m elevation. Gerald and wife Angie moved to Australia in ’81; Gerald was pursuing a career in agriculture and they established a farm in northwest NSW. In ’95 they moved the family to Orange and by ’99 had planted their first vineyard, with a winery following in ‘07. Steve Mobbs has been involved in the winemaking since ’17 and wines from the ’22 vintage are made by Steve and Nadja Wallington at ChaLou. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling
Patina has a boutique range of Chardonnay, Riesling, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot, Sticky Tea Riesling and Liqueur Tawny. This tasting is a personal tour of our wines, with a detailed explanation of the region through our wines. The high altitude and volcanic soils enables the vinification of cool climate wines that exemplify finesse, tightness and slow development. As a boutique winemaker Gerald Naef produces wines that are approachable and believes the wines should be released after they have achieved complexity and are a good complement to food.
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Patina Wines, 0429 457 575
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