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Mitchelton Crescent Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache

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The Victorian trailblazers Mitchelton turn their hand at a blend you don’t normally associate with Central Vic and pull it off superbly. The wine is sculpted to perfection with each component playing a part and harmonising to present a soft easy drinking blend. You’ll find mocha and raspberry, red cherries and leather before a seamless palate where texture is the key. It’s got sprightly acidity and a lovely lingering finish and while drinking well now, will only improve with a few more years in the bottle.

Winemaker's Notes

A complex tapestry of aromas lure and tantalise the senses. Plum and blackberry characters delicately intertwine with spicy cherry, baked earth, dark couverture chocolate and heady notes of fragrant lavendar. Striking a deft balance between finesse and power, the palate is plush and velvety in texture with a signature regional rustic bite. Beguiling flavours of maraschino cherry, mulberry, tobacco, nutmeg and cedary oak prevail ahead of a blanket of fine and powdery tannin on the long and flavoursome finish.

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Mitchelton Crescent Shiraz Mourvedre Grenache

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Good purple hue; an estate-grown blend that is in part a legacy of Colin Preece; it is an intense, medium-bodied wine with a range of spicy/savoury black fruit flavours radically different to those coming from Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale blends of the same grapes; fine tannins will sustain the wine as it ages.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
92
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
The rugged framework of shiraz and mourvedre gets silky tannins and sweet fruit heart from grenache in this unusual central Victorian blend. Less full bodied than the South Australian style with more mocha raspberry and finer tannins.
Rob Geddes MW
87
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A fine effort in an authentic southern Rhone style that marries delightful fruit sweetness with savoury qualities and a vibrant spicy, peppery aspect. An earthy bouquet of blueberries, plums and blue flowers with meaty undertones precedes a round, smooth and generous palate whose deep berry/cherry flavours are underpinned by fine, dusty and drying tannins. It's long and lingering, with a persistent core of genuine ripeness.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
The rugged framework of shiraz and mourvèdre gets silky tannins and sweet fruit heart from grenache in this unusual central Victorian blend. Less full bodied than the South Australian style with more mocha, raspberry and finer tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
Original vineyard plantings at Mitchelton from 1969, this takes its name from the bend in this riverside Goulburn Valley vineyard. Some earthy/savoury notes, the fruit is ripe yet has its measure, spicy plums and some rich berry aromas. The palate has a savoury spice of gravelly tannin, building berry fruit through the sides, firm but balanced finish; decent oak impact too.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
The rugged framework of shiraz and mourvèdre gets silky tannins and sweet fruit heart from grenache in this unusual central Victorian blend. Less full bodied than the South Australian style with more mocha, raspberry and finer tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Red fruits and a hint of mint jump out of the glass; the palate is really lively, juicy and poised, especially given its age; almost velvety in texture, with a little dried herb edge to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Firmish and drying, presently a little raw and angular, this dark, leathery and meaty red blend should smooth out reasonably quickly. It's moderately intense and complex, with gamey and chocolate-like complexity beneath its long, spicy and astringent expression of dark plums, berries and currants.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
90
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
The rugged framework of shiraz and mourvèdre gets silky tannins and sweet fruit heart from grenache in this unusual central Victorian blend. Less full bodied than the South Australian style with more mocha, raspberry and finer tannins.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Strong colour; full-bodied; richer, stronger and deeper than the '03, albeit flavours in a similar savoury/dark berry spectrum and abundant tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
89
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A sweet, slightly confected and spicy perfume of plums, blueberries, raspberries and cassis is scented with white pepper, cinnamon and cloves over dusty vanilla oak. A moderately firm chassis of grippy tannins finishes long and minty. Earthy, savoury undertones frame its smooth and generous palate of lively berry and currant flavours with pleasing depth and integration.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
91
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet offers a range of aromatic red fruits and spices; the wine fills the mouth with sweet, but not jammy, fruit, supported by soft, ripe tannins and just a hint of oak. Good value.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
94
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red, with the purples starting to fade. The bouquet is clean, light and spicy, the palate is fresh and lively, with spicy/juicy berry flavours and minimal oak influence, providing a very attractive, early-drinking style.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
89

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