JH 93 points , WA 88 points, WA 90 points (2012)
The 2013 vintage was a great one for Mitolo in McLaren Vale, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in recent times. Summer began with mild, but dry conditions, ideal for grape growing, which gave us hope of an outstanding year. The dry conditions continued though, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little tough for the vines. Yields were slightly lower than average and coupled with the very dry, warm weather all varieties ripened very quickly, and all at once! Quite unusually the Shiraz was ripe at the same time as our Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose. This made life a little tricky in the winery, with everyone working extremely hard to manage the rapid intake of fruit. We were given some respite however as the a small amount of rain together with some milder weather caused sugar levels in the fruit to plateau for a couple of weeks allowing us to take a bit more time. Overall the quality of the wines is excellent though. The Jester whites and rose are full of flavour with balancing acidity, and ripe at slightly higher sugar levels than previous years. The reds are deeply coloured with excellent structure. They are not as full in flavour as 2012, with a lighter feel to them that will likely fill out as they age in barrel. This will be remembered as an excellent vintage, perhaps not quite as ‘classically’ good as 2010 or 2012 but certainly up there in that echelon.
65% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 3% Sagrantino
Grenache is the dominant grape in the blend and it shows on the nose with highly fragrant and earthy characters of dried herbs and tobacco. The Shiraz complements these characters with beautiful sweeter aromatics of ripe red cherries and mint.
The wine is mid-weighted with bright acidity and heart-warming earthy, savoury characters of dried herb and tar sitting perfectly alongside delicate raspberry and cherry. The tannins are prominent yet fine and mouth coating providing a wonderful framework for the juicy mid-palate. This wine with its mid-weight, savoury nature and firm tannic backbone is truly a nod to the wines of my homeland, Italy.
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.