After working at as a sommelier in San Francisco's establishments Michael Mina and Acquarello, Mitch begun his vagabonding winemaking journey.
He did his 101 with Mac Forbes before setting off to Sierra de Francia in western Spain. Here he learned about and worked with rufete, a grape used over the border in Port production.
He made two rufetes, one from a vineyard planted on granite in 2004 that contains 54(!) known clones of the grape, the other from old bush vines on slate 650m above the Atlantic.
Back in Australia, he worked, ironically, with the Portuguese grape touriga nacional. He made two tourigas, both from organic vineyards in the Pyrenees. One is pretty and perfumed, the other is deep and savoury. Both are delicious.
We have small quantities of each and are pleased to be able to share these off-piste and exciting wines with you!