Mitchell Clare GMS is a classic blend. Having been allowed to rest in bottle it has mellowed out and has hit its peak drinking. Still showing the primary plums, aniseed and darker fruits. It is silky on the palate with a dry, savoury finish. Mitchell Clare GMS is ready to drink right now but will hold this glorious peak for many years to come.
Since 1975 the Mitchell family property has been making world-class wines. They outwardly appear rugged and old school. But the wines possess charm and character too. The wines are definitely made with a thought to improving with age too.
One of the great wine regions of Australia. Known for its boney, citric Rieslings that build flesh with bottle age – a classic Australian style. It can also make some lovely Shiraz and Cabernet.
Spain’s gift to the world. We know it as Grenache and I think everyone has a soft spot for it in some way. Almost too exuberant in expressing its sweet red fruits and high alcohol, it often needs a little bit of other wines to add moderation, structure and depth. Much like Abbott and Costello. Despite this, the wines of Priorat, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rioja and Aussie GSMs have an amazing ability to age for the long term.
Also known as Mourvedre in France and Mataro in the new world. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.