About This Wine...
The family name of McNicol has been passed down the generations since James Mitchell married Jane McNicol in 1782. It was Andrew’s father, Peter McNicol Mitchell who came to Clare in 1949 and planted the vineyards that have evolved into the Mitchell Winery. This wine is dedicated to his memory.
A pleasing minerality complements the citrus and spice character in this wine. The most recognisable trait is the amazing long finish that hints at a long life in the cellar for those bottles that are not enjoyed early.
The Single vineyard that supplies the grapes for the acclaimed McNicol Riesling may be the prettiest in all of the Clare Valley. It lies on the side of a steep hill rich in quartzite, with views of Sevenhill and Watervale beyond. Kangaroos hop around the dry grown vines. Situated 100m above our Watervale vineyard sites, the Single Vineyard has never been irrigated. The soil is grey sandy loam ovr silt stone, and neither herbicides nor pesticides are used in the growing of these exceptional grapes.
Winemaking: The fruit was picked on April 1 before being fermented in a mix of stainless steel and French oak. In true McNicol Riesling tradition, the wine was aged in a 3,000 litre oak barrel and maintained on lees before bottling.