2009 Mitchell Peppertree Vineyard Shiraz

Chris Shanahan
Variety Shiraz
WINERY Peppertree
RRP 23

Andrew and Jane Mitchell offer two shirazes from their dry-grown, handpicked vineyards in the Clare Valley. The 2009 vintage provides rich, smooth drinking in the ripe, spicy, sweet-fruited, solidly structured, though soft, Clare style. It's a year or two older than most reds in the market and the extra age adds to its mellow, satisfying character - a beautiful drink at a fair price. McNicol Shiraz 2003, named for Andrew Mitchell's father, gives a rare opportunity to enjoy perfectly cellared, maturing red at a realistic $40 a bottle - an excellent gift, or something to savour with Christmas dinner.