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Mitchell

www.mitchellwines.com

Hughes Park Road, Sevenhill via Clare 5453

Cellar Door: 7 days (10 - 4)

Ph: (08) 8843 4258

Jane and Andrew Mitchell established their winery in 1975 on the western hills of the Clare Valley.

Locally born Andrew studies wine science at Riverina College (before it became part of Charles Sturt University) and worked in France.

Jane has long been active in promotion and tourism side and has been appointed to the South Australian Tourism Commission, and recently finished a six year term on the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Board.

An old apple store at the 100 year old property serves as the intimate cellar door right next to the wine-making facilities.

The well made portfolio wines, made by Andrew, include: Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and a Grenache GSM blend.

Mitchell has four vineyards. The largest at Watervale has 50 year old Grenache vines along with Shiraz and Riesling grapes. Local pruners refer to it as Alcatraz because it can be rather cold and bleak in winter.

Avenmore Tastings
Mitchell cellar door (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2016

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, in the familiar textural and leesy style showing lime and pear flavours with hint of white flowers, quite dry, phenolic and savoury with talcy undercarriage and linear leon rind acidity (****)

Mitchell Semillon 2014

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2019

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, bright and open white peach, lemon grass and melon with racy lemon rind acidity and good length,overt  nutty vanilla/cedar oaking (***)

Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz 2012

Purchased:  Not ($28)

Drink: 2025+

(GXY) Tasting:  Feb 2016, floral blackcurrant and redcurrant  with mint, black pepper and dried herb notes, long and juicy medium bodied palate with cedar/chocolate oak support, savoury and grainy tannin finish (****)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink:  2020+

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015,  distinctive leesy style, restrained nose, apple, pear and lime with white flower and yeasty lees notes, dry and schisty palate, crisp lemony acidity, develops complexity with medium term cellaring  (****)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, dry and firmish with a fairly demure nose, apple, lemon zest and stonefruit with hint of white flowers, the palate shows some savoury lees aspects and plenty of slaty minerality, brisk lemon rind acidity and good length (***1/2)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2010

Purchased: First Choice, Sippy Downs, Qld ($18)

Drink: 2012 or 2020 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, another strong release showing a floral, tightly wound, minerally and vibrant core of lime, lemon sherbert and pear with jasmine and rose petal notes, some mid-palate creamy/savoury lees, talcy texture with a long wet slate/grapefruit finish (****1/2)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2011 or 2019 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, perfumed and floral with a long and minerally core of lemon and lime fruit with lavender and accacia notes, a touch of tropical fruit, slaty finish also shows orange blossom notes, zesty chalky acidity (****1/2)

Mitchell Clare Valley Semillon 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, floral, complex and generously flavoured showing spicy melon, green apple and cut grass, the palate is slightly waxy and savoury with emergent toasty honeysuckle, long with slightly overt oak influences, will benefit from medium term cellaring (****)

Mitchell Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, vibrant blackberry, raspberry and dark plum with cinnamon, pepper, cigar box and mint notes, quite full bodied with just a bit of alcohol heat showing along with the creamy chocolate oak on the finish, long chassis of grainy tannins, better length and a longer term cellaring proposition than the 2005 vintage (****)

Mitchell Grenache Sangiovese Mourvedre 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, unusual medium bodied blend with Sangiovese taking the place of Shiraz, earthy and spicy dark plum, raspberry and cherry with leather, graphite and flat cola nuances, dusty tannins with cedar-marzipan oak, just a little loose in places (***1/2)

Mitchell McNicholl Shiraz 2001

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, delayed release, meaty and brambly blackcurrant, red cherry and plum with leather, liquorice and menthol notes, medium-full bodied and long with the firm tannic grip starting to unlock with bottle age, charry chocolate-vanilla from the French oak (***1/2)

Mitchell Noble Semillon 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, lush and spicy lime marmalade, pineapple and ripe apricot with a touch nuttiness, the lemon acidity is not vibrant enough to lift this to the top rung (***1/2)

Mitchell Sevenhill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, deep set, briary and spicy blackcurrant and redcurrant with mint, leather and dried herb notes, medium bodied palate becomes more savoury on the back half until the ample chocolate-vanilla-cedar oak inputs cut in, lingering powdery tannins (***1/2)

Mitchell Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, rather ripe and meaty showing dark plum and redcurrant with cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg spiciness, fine powdery tannins and well controlled French oak, good disciplined wine-making but the fruit shows some signs of stress and finishes a little short (***1/2)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, powerful bouquet is matched by the intensity of the palate, lime, lemon, green apple and rose petal flavours, chalky and lingering minerality, zesty lemon acidity, not subtle but it has a certain charm and persistence despite this most difficult of vintages (****)

Mitchell McNicholl Shiraz 2000

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, considerable bottle age before commercial release, meaty, savoury, traditional style showing intense cassis and dark plums with eucalypt and liquorice features, medium-full bodied and earthy with a firm backbone of powdery tannins with plenty of sweet chocolate and charry cedar oak (***1/2)

Mitchell Watervale Riesling 2004

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($19)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, perfumed nose of apple blossom, herbs and citrus, tangy lime fruits on the shapely palate on minerally/slatey backbone, well balanced lemon acids on the persistent finish (****)

Mitchell Sevenhill Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, Adelaide Market ($23)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2004, very dark coloured, vibrant blackberry and raspberry aromas with hints of pepper, deep and well defined fruit on the mid-palate with sweet oak and liquorice notes on the finish, velvety tannins (****)