About This Wine...
The Wine: On the nose there is spicy fruit and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied but packs quite a punch. Deep rich fruit showing the spiciness of Grenache and the meatiness of Mataro. Long dry dusty tannins on the finish. 60% Mataro 40% Grenache
The Vintage: 2012 was a superb growing season with mild summer temperatures and good even ripening. It was an early trouble free vintage.
The Winemaking: The wine is made using the full range of traditional winemaking techniques. Several small parcels of fruit are fermented in open tanks at 20-30 degrees with whole bunches and stalks included. Minimal oak influence allows the wine to fully express the spicy fruit aromas of the Grenache grape and the long dry finish of Mataro.
The Vineyards: Grown on the steep rocky slopes of the Auburn vineyard. A dry grown vineyard with low cropping levels is essential to bring out the best in these varieties
Winemakers: Andrew Mitchell & Simon Pringle
Widely recognised as one of the world’s leading Riesling producers and highly respected for their Semillon and intensely flavoured, well structured, long living reds. Run by Andrew and Jane Mitchell and their son Angus, the winery has gone from
strength to strength since its inauguration in 1975. Andrew’s philosophy is to make wines of intensity of varietal fruit flavours, defining regional character with balance and elegance. The wines combine the rare feat of drinkability in their youth with great ageing capacity. Meanwhile the Clare Valley Winemakers Association recognised Jane as a Clare Valley legend and inducted her into their Hall of Fame. Son Angus manages Mitchell’s 80 ha incorporating the sustainable farming beliefs laid out before him by his grandfather Peter and father Andrew.