Mitolo, Jester McLaren Vale Shiraz, 2019
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Bottle size: 75cl
Deep purple in colour, the Jester Shiraz carries lifted aromas of violet, cut plum and mulberries on the nose, with subtle hints of mint and crushed rock. On the palate the wine opens up into vibrant and juicy flavours of black cherry and blood plums, with nuances of spicy clove, dark chocolate and salted liquorice. Delicate tannins and a redcurrant-like acidity delivery a satisfying, long finish.
Fruit for the Jester Shiraz came from the Lopresti Ridgehaven Vineyard, located at the southern end of McLaren Vale between Sellicks Hill and Willunga on the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. The site is defined by heavy clay loam soils with shattered gravel throughout the profile, over Christies Beach formation. A northwesterly aspect captures ample sunlight and ensures ripening, while the warmth of the site garners concentration and plush tannin maturity in the fruit. The vines are at least 25 years old.
McLaren Vale-based Mitolo is a family-owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo, whose Italian roots inspired his early interest in, 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 with Ben’s winemaking talent has resulted in Mitolo becoming one of Australia’s most awarded wineries. From the approachable ‘Jester’ range to the premium wines that wow the critics, Mitolo has made a name for itself as one of the Australian producers to watch.