East Coast Wine Trail

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Changing of the wine guard in the Clare Valley

There has been a changing of the guard at pioneering Clare Valley winery Mitchells with the third generation of the family now taking the reins.

Father Andrew and son Angus Mitchell

The change coincides with the release of a new collection of cellar-door release wines – Kinsfolk by Mitchell Wines.

The release of the Kinsfolk range represents both the generational change and the family both past and present.

 While Andrew and Jane Mitchell will continue working within the business, they take on ambassadorial roles, as they make way for children Angus, Edwina and Hilary to make their mark.

Included in the Kinsfolk range is an off-dry 2017 Riesling (RRP $30), 2017 Gruner Veltliner ($30), 2017 Grenache ($40), and 2015 Shiraz ($40). 

These wines are small-batch releases that express single vineyard characteristics. 

“The new Kinsfolk range is produced with the same sustainable practices implemented throughout all our winemaking," says new GM Angus Mitchell.

"They are generous in flavour and harmoniously balanced; a range we sincerely hope our consumers will enjoy for years to come.”

Following in his father’s footsteps, Angus Mitchell’s focus is to continue the sustainable farming approach that has been passed down from previous generations. 

He has vast vineyard and winery experience – having worked in the Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, the Clare and the Alsace region of France. 

“Kinsfolk has been a natural next step for us," he says. "Having three ranges is important for us to showcase what both Mitchell Wines and Clare Valley are capable of producing. 

"The Mitchell range is more traditional in style, the McNicol collection is an aged release, and Kinsfolk is more modern and adventurous. 

"We now feel that our portfolio is complete and demonstrates how wonderfully versatile wines from Clare Valley can be."

Kinsfolk Wines are available exclusively through the Mitchell Wines cellar door and online shop: www.mitchellwines.com/kinsfolk.

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