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Stunningly intense and complex Australian Shiraz. Wow!

McLaren Vale, Australia
14.5% ABV.
100% Shiraz


Price includes VAT

Tasting notes:

The Mitolo is an intense crimson colour with notes of black.

The nose is equally intense, with dark cherry, plum, dark chocolate, spicey clove, savoury malt and a very slight touch of mint. 

The palate is surprisingly refreshing, with bright red and black fruits, blackberry, tangy plum and lovely soft vanilla and coffee. There is good acidity here, balancing the sheer power of the wine, giving great structure, supple smoothness and a long finish. The tannins are present but well integrated, promising a long lived wine.

About the wine:

The Mitolo G.A.M. is named after the first initial of each of the Mitolo childrens first names - Gemma, Alexander and Marco. 

The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Lopresti vineyard, specifically the Chinese Block, located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale.

The soils are heavy grey loam over sandstone intermixed with black Biscay clay, a hungry earth which naturally controls yield.

The climate mirrors that of the Mediterranean, with dry warm days and cool nights resulting in a long, even growing season with little disease pressure. Yield was 5.75 tonnes per hectare from vines with an average age of 20 years old. 

Each parcel of fruit was fermented on the skins for ten days at cool and warm temperatures. The lower temperature helped make the finished wine more approachable and the higher temperature gave more structure.

The wine underwent partial barrel fermentation and natural malolactic fermentation before racking. It was aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (70% new - a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak - plus 30% one and two years old French/American oak) for 18 months. Bottling took place in January 2012.

About the producer:

Frank Mitolo’s vision is to create individual, handcrafted premium wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality.

McLaren Vale based Mitolo is a family owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo whose Italian family roots inspired his early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine.

Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank’s knowledge of the land and business acumen and Ben’s winemaking talent has resulted in one of Australia’s most awarded wineries.

From the approachable Jester range to the high-point scoring premium wines, Mitolo wines has made a name for itself as one of the producers to watch from the McLaren Vale.

Overlooking the coast, the vineyard in McLaren Vale has heavy grey loam over sandstone soil with black cracking Biscay clay. Cool afternoon breezes and nights from the proximity to the ocean help produce good acid levels and complex flavours.

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