Riesling Clare Valley South Australia
A conservative, old style approach to farming, working in close concert with careful attention to the health of soil, continues to deliver a peerless quality of Riesling, equating to the finest harvests of Clare Valley Riesling. Watervale is a very special place within the valley, Riesling is the grape of choice. Mitchell remain one of Clare Valley's finest and best received Rieslings, the exquisitely balanced, drying palate brims with delightful regional/ varietal fruit characters, jasmines and lime, resolving on a toasty, lingering fruit filled finish.
Mitchell's largest vineyard is located at Watervale, several kilometres south of the estate's wineworks. Set on the exposed eastern slopes of undulating hills, with long rows of vine, this can be a very bleak place in the middle of winter at pruning time. The isolation and chills has led to it becoming known among the vineyard workers as Alcatraz, a place to do penance in the cold, wind and rain of a Clare winter. Alcatraz, which only ever yields around two ton per acre, is particularly well suited to Riesling, infusing the fruit with great depth of flavour. The fully mature vines are planted to soils that are rich red brown loam and clay over limestone, at an altitude between 300 and 400 metres.
Light lemon hue. Delicate and floral with lightly toasty, buttery hints of lemon rind, beeswax and honey, long lingering fruits are the hallmarks. The flavours evolve into the rich toasty characters for which Watervale is so renowned. An immensely satisfying wine with finesse and a touch of dryness, crisp acidity and long fruit driven finish. Mitchell is suitably mated to garlic prawns, crispy skin chicken or fragrant risotto recipes.