Mitchelton Winery, Nagambie Victoria07:53:00
We just so happen to live in 'the bomb' of localities when it comes to vineyards and wine and we are smack bang in the middle of several wine regions. We have the Rutherglen wine region to the North, famous for its muscats and fortifieds. To the East we have the famous King Valley, only a hop skip and a jump away is the Nagambie Lakes region and our little vineyard, Tarzali sits just at the Northern end of the Strathbogie Ranges wine region.
Its always a fun exercise to visit the cellar door of an unsuspecting winery don't you think? I don't get to do this as often as I would like as I have this toddler thing going on at the moment (children+cellar door = not much wine tasting) however with so many places within an hour of us at home, its just so tempting to get out there and try them all.
On the way home from Echuca at the beginning of December last year Cam happily took us on a lovely detour through the country side to visit a winery that we haven't been to before.
This particular winery was Michelton and it serenely lies alongside the Goulburn River nestled in the Nagambie Lakes region.
Reading through the winery's web page it is clear to see that Michelton has a very proud history since its humble beginnings in 1969. It was in 1974 that the wine making job changed hands for the first time at the establishment and in that same year, an architecturally designed cellar door and a 55 meter tower were built. This tower certainly would have to be their statement landmark. Of course we made our way up to the top, in a lift (oh yeah!) and it truly was spectacular with sweeping views of the river and the entire green, luscious vineyard.
On this particular day a cycling event was taking place and the place was a buzz of activity. They had a little market happening with local wares and produce, they had a jumping castle to entertain the kids and a stage set up with a band playing a set of cruisy tunes. With the kids in tow we firstly did a circuit of the grounds which were lovely. The place is huge with lovely manicured lawns and gardens and viewing decks by the river. I would say that plenty of people would have celebrated their weddings here in style.
After the kids had a bit of a play on the jumping castle we excitedly made our way to the cellar door. It was a lovely set up in here, even catering for the kids with a little table set up with all they needed to draw their little hearts out. I did not know much at all about this particular winery prior to visiting and had never purchased or had the opportunity to try any of the wines before and I must say it was rather impressive.
This pic of the cellar door is taken straight off the web page.
Now for the best part; the tasting of the wines. The winery has a very comprehensive list to choose from which is always great and it included their award winning varieties of Shiraz and Riesling, as well as Marsanne, Charadonnay and Cabernet Savignon. Other wines on their list which I assume were also grown in the extensive vineyards included more exotic varieties such as Mourve'dre and Grenache varieties.
As we just so happen to grow Riesling in our own vineyard at the farm, its only natural that we love to try Riesling grown and made by someone else. The Blackwood Park 2012 Riesling certainly lived up to its zesty and citrus notes and was an enjoyable drop.
Cam also likes to have a tipple of the odd Riesling and he didn't mind this particular drop. Being a red man, no sooner though was he onto the Shiraz and these certainly lived up to their award winning name. I am being quite vague here as I didn't write any notes on this particular occasion but there were certainly comparable differences between each of the Shiraz wines as you went through the various years of vintage. The aged wines were definitely the stand outs and that is why we settled on a box of the 2009 Shiraz.
So there you have it. Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie. I hope you get to have a squizz there for yourself one sun shiny day. Be sure to visit their web site as you too will be as equally impressed with the story, wine making and the beautiful settings as what I was and still am.
Have you stumbled upon this place before? Had you heard of it?
Been to a cellar door or winery lately? Id love to know.
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