Mitchelton Victoria Shiraz 1999
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'.
Nestled into the tip of its southeastern coastline, Victoria is Australia’s smallest mainland state, second most populous and third largest wine producer. Victoria includes the cool regions of Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Geelong, made famous mainly by impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The more inland Heathcote and Bendigo lead the way for complex and textured, full-bodied reds. Rutherglen’s fortified wines compete among the best on the planet.
Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”