Mitchelton Victoria Cabernet Sauvignon 1995
Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
Intense varietal fruit characters: warm, earthy and complex. Cellaring potential: 10 years plus. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fruit, small berries, low yields, malolactic fermentation, 18 months in new French oak barrels.
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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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
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.