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Mitchelton Print Shiraz 1999

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
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Winemaker Notes

Complex and intense, Print Shiraz is made from grapes from selected low yielding mature Shiraz vines. The most concentrated expression of Central Victorian Shiraz produced in the Mitchelton style, Print is a true collectors item. Matured in barrel and bottle, it is three years old on release and is an ideal cellaring proposition, with many vintages maturing for two decades or more. First produced in 1980, past vintages carried labels featuring Australian artwork commissioned under the Micthelton Print Award. From 1998 onwards Print carries the "In Woo's Wood" print by Tim Jones, which featured on the 1992 wine, a year recognised as setting the benchmark in wine quality and style.

The velvety tannins are an excellent finish to the powerful prun, plum and chocolate richness that makes this wine so enticing, seductive and refined.

Critical Acclaim

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JH 93
Australian Wine Companion
WS 91
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Mitchelton

Mitchelton

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Mitchelton, Australia
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'.

Australia

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A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is often misunderstood by consumers. It is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute critters on the label, though both can certainly be found here. It is impossible to make generalizations about a country this physically massive, but most regions are concentrated in the south of the country and experience either warm, dry weather, or more humid, tropical influence. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.

Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing and there is a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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