While many insist on pursuing woody, overtly peppery styles of Shiraz, Mitchell Wines prefers to follow traditionally subtle, earthy wines of the Rhone, home of the mighty shiraz grape since before the Roman invasion.
Jane and Andrew Mitchell established the winery in 1975 on the Mitchell family property in the western hills of the Clare Valley in South Australia. An old sandstone apple store was converted to serve as a rustic cellar door sales area. Continued growth has resulted in further development of the winery buildings and winemaking plant.Currently some 500-700 tonnes of premium fruit is crushed and processed in a well equipped modern winery. The imposing two-storey century-old family home sits amid the vineyards, overlooking the winery.Stuart Pigott's Top 20 Dry RieslingsAndrew and Jane Mitchell's Watervale Rieslings are ideal for those who frequently find Australian dry Rieslings too one-sidedly acidic. In that context, these are wines for silk fetishists, but they still have great staying power in any context. Stewart, Tabori & Chang, New York, 2014
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Vibrant deep crimson; the bouquet is a savoury offering of roasted meat, licorice, black fruits and bramble; the medium-bodied palate is lively and fresh, with gravelly tannins, sea-salt and tangy acidity; a savoury, slightly 'Euro' accented wine.
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The 2009 vintage provides rich, smooth drinking in the ripe, spicy, sweet-fruited, solidly structured, though soft, Clare style. It's a year or two older than most reds in the market and the extra age adds to its mellow, satisfying character - a beautiful drink at a fair price.