The fruit for this wine is selected from the most age-worthy small-batch fermented parcels of shiraz that the winery produces. This decision is based on years of experience and the blend is aged in 500L French oak barrels for 2 years in a humidified cellar. The wine is then bottled and aged for a further decade in the winery’s cellars. Incredible.
This is great drinking now - in that perfect spot where the benefits of ageing combine with youthful primary notes.
“Medium deep crimson. Complex, voluminous and smooth with developed blackberry, mocha, roasted chestnut, polished cedar, hint bush-garrigue aromas and flavours, velvety/ chocolaty textures and fresh long mineral acidity. Finishes firm with a lovely tannin plume. Superb complexity, density and balance. A lovely-aged Clare Shiraz showing the inherent provenance of Mitchell vineyards. Drink now - 2028+.”
97 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal.
“A great rendition of the traditional Australian dry red that is more regional than varietal but carries with it great fruit power and structure. It is bright deep ruby and is aging at a snail’s pace with youthful and fleshy dark cherry, kirsch and blackberry jam fruits with oak in the background. There is also some baked stone Clare Valley character thrown in. This all leads to a dry and full-bodied palate with a core of dark berry fruits underpinned by some serious tannins that are chewy and balanced providing tremendous backbone and supporting a long finish. It is a big red no doubt from a big vintage but also carries with it superb balance and underlying complexity. There is also a Bordeaux like balance and feel here that bodes well for a long future. Drink 2020 - 2035.”
95 points, Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot, Nov 2020.