Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2012

$108.00

Vineyard Notes
The Savitar Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Parcels of fruit from vines averaging 30 years of age are grown on rocky, skeletal soils in the northeast part of the vineyard. The fruit, which is handpicked typically yields only 1.5 tonnes per acre.

Description

Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2012

JH 93 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
Dark garnet red.

Bouquet
Highly perfumed, beguiling nose of blackberry bramble, tar, and fresh minty herbals with more delicate floral potpourri notes and powerful yet quality savoury, spicy, vanillin French oak.

Palate
Serious, deep flavours of plum, blackcurrant, and liquorice, with a juicy, full-bodied, silken structure that builds to a fine, grainy finish. The real signature here is the firmer, more structural tannin that provide a framework for a wine that will age for a long time and continue to evolve in its complexity.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
March 2012

Bottling Date
October 2014

Cellaring
8-12 years

Vineyard Notes
The Savitar Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Parcels of fruit from vines averaging 30 years of age are grown on rocky, skeletal soils in the northeast part of the vineyard. The fruit, which is handpicked typically yields only 1.5 tonnes per acre.
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. Savitar, the flagship Mitolo Shiraz, is powerful yet elegant, opulent, brooding and intense.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for Savitar was fermented on skins for 15 days at 28-32°C to soften the skins and release the juice. A slightly longer period on skins ensures a tighter overall structure. The wine is then pressed, and undergoes partial barrel fermentation, followed by a natural malolactic fermentation, before racking.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Serious wine for special occasions. Try Italian lasagna, Vincisgrassi.
Vintage
2012