Fermented mostly in small open tanks with hand plunging with a significant portion given extended maceration on skins for 40 days. Aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months then bottled without filtration.
Deep and dark red hue. Classic Clare Valley Cabernet characters of berries and black olives on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with a long, lingering tannin finish.
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
Rich, firm and showing excellent persistence. There are no queries over the wine's complexity either. Dust, herbs, a juicy flow of blackcurrant, earthen notes, tobacco characters. Toasty oak is a subtle influence at most. Eucalypt characters are there, as rising agents, without ever threatening to dominate. And tannin is a solid, majestic swirl through the back half of the wine.