Sevenhill Vineyard Cabernet 2012
Clare Valley, South Australia
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Senest bedømt i december 2018.
Noter fra vinmageren
Mitchell Sevenhill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Clare Valley wine. It shows strong berry flavours on the nose, with overtones of dusty new French oak aromas. The palate is very full flavoured and the wine has a firm tannic finish. When seen as a young wine it is the potential of the structure which stands out. The essential ingredients – fruit, oak, acidity and tannins – are present in the right proportions. All that is needed is five to 10 years (or more) in the cellar to allow these components to harmonise. The result is an elegant wine of great power.
This is a truly home-grown wine, with the fruit sourced a single vineyard surrounding our homestead in Sevenhill. The vines were planted in 1982 and the land, formerly an orchard, has been used to grow fruit for more than 100 years. The soils are deep seated but not rich -having been planted and farmed for generations.
2012 was a superb growing season with mild summer temperatures and good even ripening. It was an early, trouble-free vintage.
The juice for this wine was fermented mostly in small open slate tanks, before being hand plunged with a significant portion given extended maceration on skins for 40 days. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months before being bottled without filtration.
Deepish red/purple colour. Fragrant and lifted, fresh and perfumey with a touch of the vintage character – star anise. Very intense and tight on the palate; firm and structured, taut and long. Still very young and needs age. Has the intensity, concentration and power of great Clare cabernet, but not ‘bigness’. On the contrary, it has elegance. A very, very impressive wine with a minimum 40-year lifespan.
96 points. Huon Hooke. The Real Reviews
Mitchell Wines i Clare Valley er første Clare Valley winery hos The Wine Tree. Clare Valley er cool climate område i Australien og kan nogle andre ting end de mere varme områder i McLaren Vale og Barossa Valley. I Clare Valley trives de hvide druer anderledes godt og området er især kendt for deres Riesling. Ydermere giver det køligere klima en anden og måske mere europæisk stil for de røde druer end de varme områder gør.
The Wine Tree er stolt af at kunne tilbyde vine fra Mitchell Wines. Mitchell Wines omtales som én af de bedst gemte hemmeligheder i Australien og roses til skyerne alle vegne. Deres McNicol Riesling menes at være måske den bedste Riesling i Australien! Kig selv, der er noget om snakken.
With all the Mitchell Wines I’ve seen in recent time, value is a word which springs to mind. Lots to offer and then some yet again the asking price much less than expected. – An ever-reliable producer. (QWinereviews). – Is this the Best Riesling Made in Australia? – It’s a masterpiece (The Riesling Blog)
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Fra Mitchells hjemmeside.
Widely recognised as one of the world’s great riesling producers, Mitchell Wines is a small family owned winery in the Clare Valley, South Australia. From their mature, dry grown vineyards the family produces an exclusive range of high quality table wines. As well as the riesling, they craft intensely flavoured, well structured, long living reds from Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache.
To make great wine you need great vineyards..
We have four main vineyard sites spread throughout the Clare Valley which range in altitude from 300 to 450 metres. The winery site in Sevenhill is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and is home to the McNicol Shiraz and McNicol Riesling vineyards. We have two sites in the famous Watervale region, named Alcatraz and Growers. These are mostly Riesling vineyards, with vine age upwards of 50 years. And Lastly in the hills of Auburn, our newest vineyard, which was planted in the mid 90’s.
We believe that to make great wine you need great vineyards, so we spend a lot of time getting these just right. Around 10 or so years ago we converted our vineyard farming practices back to those that our grandfather, Peter McNicol Mitchell, employed. We had noticed a gradual decline in the soil health, so we stopped using artificial herbicides and pesticides. We wanted to get away from the monoculture our vineyards had become and began to promote biodiversity, where once we had bare dead earth we now have lush soils full or worms and other creepy crawlies, we have clovers growing through the mid rows, wasps and bees flying around.
Angus Mitchell, Vineyard Manager.