Mitolo GAM Shiraz 2012

$82.00

The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils, which are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.

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Description

Mitolo GAM Shiraz 2012

JH 91 points, WA 92 points (2010)

Vintage Note
2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.
Variety
100% Shiraz
Region
McLaren Vale
Appearance
Intense deep crimson
Bouquet
Satsuma plum, raspberry coulis with crushed fresh mint leaf, salted liquorice, subtle Chinese star anise spice, supplemented by smoky, spicy French oak.

Palate
Luscious, textured and round palate packed with dark, brooding plum flavours, liquorice, and black olive. The tannins are soft and fine, providing a gentle framework for the deep fruit and creating a generosity, a sense of comfort that is such a feature of Shiraz in our unique part of the world.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
Harvest Date
March 2012
Bottling Date
October 2014
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vineyard Notes
The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils, which are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
Style
Mitolo delivers wines that express purity of varietal flavour, show elegance of structure with soft tannins whilst being rich, powerful and complex. All the grapes are picked on flavour ripeness which contributes to the soft, ripe tannins and vibrant fruit which is a key characteristic of all Mitolo wines. G.A.M. is opulent and robust, with a focus on finesse and multilayered complexity. It exhibits typical Mitolo softness and richness.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for G.A.M. was fermented on skins for 10 days at cool & warm temperatures. The cool temperature assists in making the finished wine more approachable and the warm temperature gives more structure. G.A.M. uses a blend of the two. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation before racking.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
This comforting wine requires equally comforting food, pappardelle with duck ragu.
Vintage
2012