JH 95 points, WA 90+ points, WS 89 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.
Deep, bright crimson.
This vintage has produced darker, earthier flavours: blackberry bramble, plum, and cassis with subtle mint and dried herbs.
Blackberry, olive tapenade, tar, and cassis flavours are balanced with bright acidity and subtle vanillin oak.
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (10% new: 90% old French Oak) for 18 months.