Mitchell Wines ‘McNichol’ Riesling
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Winemaker: Andrew & Jane Mitchell
Established Date: 1975
The Single vineyard that supplies the grapes for the acclaimed McNicol Riesling may be the prettiest in all of the Clare Valley. It lies on the side of a steep hill rich in quartzite, with views of Sevenhill and Watervale beyond. Kangaroos hop around the dry grown vines. Situated 100m above our Watervale vineyard sites, the Single Vineyard has never been irrigated. The soil is grey sandy loam ovr silt stone, and neither herbicides nor pesticides are used in the growing of these exceptional grapes.
The fruit was picked on April 1 before being fermented in a mix of stainless steel and French oak. In true McNicol Riesling tradition, the wine was aged in a 3,000 litre oak barrel and maintained on lees before bottling. Only 250 cases produced.
Super rich in style with an amazing creamy texture from the time spent on lees. Still has that typical Clare Valley petrol on the nose with zingy notes of lemon curd on the palate and stony minerality thrown into the mix. The use of oak makes this a truly unique wine. I really look forward to the release of the new vintage each year.