Mitchelton Print Shiraz 2002
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
Intense deep purple and violet hues suggest a depply flavored wine. There are powerful, hypnotic aromas of brandied cherries, Christmas pudding and smoky charcuterie lying beneath delicate aromatics of creme anglais, violet perfume and ripe mulberries.
On the palate, the wine continues intently with harmony between power of fruit and delicacy of structure. The harmony arises from intense ripe fruits and mouth-filling weight deftly harnessed by the chalky tannins and gentle acidity which maintains the palate for a long time after drinking.
Mitchelton is the Central Victorian winery specializing in Rhone varieties, delivering varietal and blended wines sourced from distinguished vineyard sites in Central Victoria. Due to the cold winters and warm dry summers these wines deliver balance, texture and complexity. Mitchelton's objective is to produce wines from high quality fruit that are fresh and bright with clearly defined varietal and regional flavors.
Founded in 1973, the subsequent success of Mitchelton and its wines is directly attributable to the experience of Don Lewis and his extensive experimentation with varieties and sites around Central Victoria. Throughout these past three decades at Mitchelton, Don has developed an intuitive ability in harnessing the potential of Central Victoria in the Mitchelton wines. His outstanding achievements have been recognized through a spectrum of acclaim including the exclusive Jimmy Watson award for Print Shiraz and being selected as Finalist in Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine '2002 Winemaker of the Year'.
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From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to the cool-climate Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley, a producer of quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, as well the warmer regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable Facts Lots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland gets warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good Shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.