I had never heard of First Ridge until wine marketing gun David Cumming sent me a mixed dozen of Mudgee wines to spread the word on the region's diversity. A quick look on the website and I like what I see. The cellar door is a basic yet trendy construction of two shipping containers. Cool as.
Planting of Sangiovese and Barbera started in the late 90's, First Ridge sits 600m above and 10km outside Mudgee.
There's plenty of give here. Expected dark plums with a fine BBQ rub spice before the mouth surrenders to a warmth which creeps through crawling all the way to a longish and soft finish.
I could have a glass but I'm not busting to run back for a top up. A fair drink which will partner pizza and pasta dishes happily.
Drink now to five years.