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Optimiste Location and History
Optimiste Wines is a young, boutique family winery on the slopes of the Mudgee region of New South Wales. What started as a dream in 1990 is now a reality for Steve and Sharlene Dadd. They first established the Optimiste vineyard in 1998, selling fruit for many years to some of the best wineries in the district. They launched the Optimiste brand confident in the knowledge of high quality fruit that had led to consistently award wining wines.
The Optimiste vision is that of a small, boutique family wine brand, available only through selected channels. They go by the credo that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Optimiste aims to produce quality wines that are made with integrity, passion and pride from carefully nurtured vines and skillful winemaking. They are single vineyard, estate grown, hand picked and hand crafted.
Optimiste Wines have a strong commitment to ecologically friendly practices. They care about the environment and carry out careful observation of the land to better understand the way things work. They embrace the basic principles of natural sequence farming; mulching rather than spraying weeds, minimal tillage and paying attention to sensitive creek lines and water recharge zones. Much work has gone into native tree planting and opening up dedicated wildlife corridors.
Up in the hills above Mudgee sit the Optimiste vineyards. Now this is far from your average Mudgee vineyard with the wines showing loads of subtle flavours rounded off with a little bit of oak. The mixed case includes a mid-weight Shiraz which is ...
Medium to full red colour, slight purple. Rather dull, herbal aroma, lacks freshness and vibrancy, and seems to have ripeness issues. Astringency is quite high, and the wine is simple, bold and a bit too shrill for me.
Medium to light red/purple colour. Some American oak notes, obscures any varietal character. Rather cedary and a bit same-ish. 'Colour by numbers': it tastes like just another Aussie red wine. Has some intensity and verve, with good acidity and ra...