The Sommeliers Choice Awards attracted hundreds of international entries, and were judged by top sommeliers, wine buyers and directors from some of the USA's most acclaimed restaurants. The McNicol Riesling was one of only four wines to be awarded a double gold at the 2019 event, while the McNicol Shiraz was awarded a gold medal and 94 points.
The grapes for McNicol Riesling are grown without irrigation nor exposure to herbicides or pesticides. The wine is fermented with natural, indigenous yeasts in a 3000 litre French oak foudre and aged on its lees in the barrel for 12 months. After 10 years of bottle age, the wine shows intense spice, citrus fruit with a long lingering mineral palate.
These dry grown grapes offer great depth. Think of them as vines that have to work of a living, rather than having it all handed to them. They just have more character. This vineyard has never been irrigated and neither herbicides nor pesticides have been used.
The McNicol Riesling is simply too powerful to be released in its youth and needs time in the cellar. It sees age in 3000 Litre oak and maintained on lees before bottling. A pleasing minerality compliments the citrus and spice character. The most recognizable trait is the amazing long finish and this hints at a long life in the cellar for those bottles that are not sacrificed early. We only produce 250 cases of this very special wine.
2009 McNicol Clare Valley Riesling - The Keys Report - Tony Keys
...The McNicol Clare Valley Riesling was considered a star... read review2009 McNicol Clare Valley Riesling - The Riesling Blog
...Concentration of flavour would make Grand Cru Riesling makers in Alsace shake there heads in disbelief, and the price would make them weep.... read review
2008 McNicol Clare Valley Riesling - James Halliday
Mid gold-green hue; coming out of its 'awkward' phase, the bouquet now reveals toast and lemon curd, ginger and wet slate; the palate is generous and sweet-fruited with vibrancy and complexity all playing ey roles; long and lucious for the variety in the region. Scewcap. 13% alc. Rating 95 to 2025
2007 McNicol Clare Valley Riesling - Chris Shanahan
Jane and Andrew Mitchell´s McNicol riesling comes from a high-altitude Clare Valley vineyard. They write, "[it] has never been irrigated and neither herbicides nor pesticides have been used". They say the vines "work for a living, rather than having it all handed to them" and as a result produce wine that is "simply too powerful to be released in its youth and needs time in the cellar". The McNicol could well be the most beautiful riesling you ever try: stunningly fresh at eight years, amazingly powerful and varietal, yet mellowed by time, and with a long life still ahead.
2007 McNicol Clare Valley Riesling
Ripe lemon fruit with mineral and talc. on the bouquet; the palate is generous, but there is a restraint in the personality, as the flavour takes time to build and unwind across the palate; a textural and intriguing finish.