Australia – Mitchell Wines
The Clare Valley is a small wine region in South Australia north west of the Barossa Valley that produces Australia’s very best Riesling.
But wait, you say: isn’t the Barossa Valley really hot, and famous for some of the biggest Shiraz in Australia? How can a region not far from the scorching Barossa find such success with Riesling, a grape that thrives in some of the coolest wine regions on earth?
The answer lies in the unique terroir of the Clare Valley. Higher in altitude than Barossa and further inland, it has a much more continental climate and benefits from surprisingly cold nights – like, bring-a-sweater cold.
Mitchell Wines was founded by Andrew and Jane Mitchell in 1975, who have been crafting exciting Clare wines since. Biodynamic farming practices are becoming the norm. Dry-grown, hand-picked, hand-made, estate-bottled deliciousness.
James Halliday calls Mitchell “one of the stalwarts of the Clare Valley” and ”one of the finest small wineries in Australia”, “producing long-lived Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignons in the classic regional style.” The winery receives a consistent 5 star rating in Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, and has even changed a few lives along the way:
“…this heavenly place [Clare Valley] was where I tasted my first really exciting small producer wine – an innocent mouthful of Mitchell’s Peppertree Shiraz. This altered my perception, Aldous Huxley-like, of what wine could be, and in and instant changed my life forever.”
– Max Allen, Crush: The New Australian Wine Book