October 6, 2005

Mitchelton Wines Australia.

By Andrew Barrow In Tasting Reports

Mitchelton is situated on the banks of the Goulburn River in the heart of Central Victoria. Thirty five years of meticulous attention to viticulture and winemaking have shaped an intimate knowledge of our vineyard. The unique climate and soils of this vineyard are the essence of the flavour, balance and texture of our wines.”

I seem to be having a fling with the Antipodes at the moment. One minute New Zealand, next Australia. This estate was founded in 1973 and has the prominent tower making the winery one of Australia’s most architecturally fascinating. The tower rises 55m above the cellar door giving an “inspiring view of the vineyards set on the meander of the pristine Goulburn River”. The wines ain’t bad either. All are available from Bibendum.


Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Viognier, 2004, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £7.69+vat
Barrel fermented for texture. expressive. Apricots, limes and a sensuous musky edge. Suited to South east Asian cuisine especially macadamia nuts in a stir-fry.
Scribblings Rating – 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Airstrip, 2003, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £10.25+vat
This is a blend of Marsanne (40%), Roussanne (39%) and Viognier (21%) with just 1,000 cases produced. A very interesting aroma – is that liquorice? peach? flint? Palate too is just as complex with honeysuckle and mango mingling with the peach. Quite delicious.
Scribblings Rating – 94/100

Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Shiraz, 2003, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £7.69+vat
Toby Barlow, the winemaker, said he was after depth and grip with this wine and it is his pick from the range. The plum, mulberry and cherry-led palate certainly has a delicious depth and intensity. Finishes with a chocolate and vanilla edge.
Scribblings Rating – 92/100

Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Crescent, 2001, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £9.99+vat
This is a fine blend of Shiraz (40%), Mourvedre (30%) and Grenache (30%). It is rounded, full of flavour (plums, cherry, chocolate) and very drinkable. The Shiraz supplies the violet and black cherry flavours, the Mouvedre the chocolate and an earthy quality while the Grenache adds fragrance and fresh fruit. Alcohol 14.5%.
Scribblings Rating – 96/100

Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Parish Shiraz-Viognier, 2004, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £10.25+vat
Replicating the Northern Rhone habit of adding a splash of Viognier to their Shiraz this beaut has a gorgeous silky smooth mouth-feel and a persistence of flavour. It is big with good tannins but has an opulence on the mid-palate that really captivates.
Scribblings Rating – 94/100

Wine Tasting Note: Mitchelton Print Shiraz, 2002, Victoria, Australia.
From Bibendum £14.50+vat
As Toby mentioned the viticulture here is all about being attentive and not intervention allowing the best grapes to fully express themselves. It is an intense wine that has not undergone racking resulting in super concentration and length. Medium to full bodied with ripe fruit and cedary oak. Hints of violets and mulberries on the nose continue onto the palate. Classified by the Australian Langtons as one of Australia’s top iconic wines.
Scribblings Rating – 94/100

My Australian wine-blogging friend Cam Wheeler was also impressed by the Mitchelton range.

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