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Mitolo GAM McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 £29.95
MITOLO GAM MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
Mitolo is a family owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo. Mitolo's vision is to create individual, handcrafted premium wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank's intimate knowledge of the land and business acumen with Ben's winemaking talent has led to the creation of one of Australia's most exciting wineries.
The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation clay. This combination provides ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance. The climate here is maritime, with dry, warm, sunny days in the growing season and a fresh sea breeze that cools the air overnight.
The resulting wine is deeply coloured with an intensely aromatic nose of raspberry and plums with a hint of cinnamon spice. The complex palate is opulent and robust with ripe tannins and vibrant black fruit complemented by sweet spices and notes of clove and anise.
Suits prime cuts of red meats perfectly.
Destemmed and crushed, 6-19 days in small open fermenters, matured for 15 months in French oak (30% new). While black fruits are prominent, there is a burst of red savoury flavours.
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