Welcome again wine lovers! Take 5 with Mitchell Taylor is our regular post where we get to celebrate and interrogate (not really) the stars of the wine world – winemakers, influencers and personalities.
We know that you all like to get the inside scoop from people who really do know the wine scene. Well Mitchell is a third generation Taylor family member, the Managing Director and also a qualified winemaker.
Mitchell is heavily involved in the winemaking process, working directly with our Chief Winemaker Adam Eggins across all stages of the winemaking cycle. A key event is the post-vintage tastings where the winemaking team, including Mitchell, taste 100+ blends to establish where the new vintage wines will be placed within the portfolio.
Taylors Wines has a litany of awards among them Most Awarded Winery in the World 2017 World Ranking of Wines and Spirits. Praise indeed. The head office is in Sydney where Mitchell is based and from where he oversees the company’s operations. The cellar door and wine making facilities are based in the Clare Valley SA.
We posed the following five questions in order to see a little of the man behind the job.
1. When/how did you first become interested in wine?
I was working on the bottling line during school holidays as a 7 year old. It was a 40° day (so it was tough work). Despite the heat, I just loved the taste of the sweet sherry (only a drop though, of course).
2. Do you have an all-time favourite variety or does it change (and what is it)?
Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of grapes…aged to perfection with a home-cooked roast, just divine. Also, you can’t beat oysters and Riesling at a good summer’s day lunch.
3. What is the biggest misconception about wine?
That cork is the best closure to age a wine – absolute hogwash. If you want to ensure your cellar-worthy wines age properly, screw cap is the best closure.
4. If you were going to a dinner party, what wine would you bring the host?
A lovely red wine from their birth year. While difficult to find in most cases, it can be a very thoughtful gift. Also, an interesting white wine to match the food, like a Chardonnay, Riesling or Vermentino.
5. Scenario: You’re blissfully enjoying the perfect glass of wine. What music is playing?
Maybe UB40’s Red Red Wine? Or Cold Chisel’s Cheap Wine and a Three-Day Growth? No seriously, it would be something like Riders on the Storm by The Doors while enjoying the wine, view and the company around me.
Thank you Mitchell. Readers can visit Taylor’s wines and read the whole story here: www.taylorswines.com.au