Mitolo GAM Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2017
Availability: 80 in stock
Savoury, vibrant, and elegant. Dark cherries, sandalwood and tea leaves on the nose. Chocolate, cinnamon and savoury characters are consistent on the palate. Chalky tanning structure and great length make this wine a standout for us.
Mitolo Wines became established via the unusual path of potato growing. Frank Mitolo has a history of Italian farming from the Abruzzo region of Italy. After they emigrated to Australia, the family became successful market gardeners, with Frank producing wine as a hobby. In 1999, he decided to turn his hobby into a business, and after a ‘legendary’ five-hour discussion with renowned winemaker Ben Glaetzer, they came up with a plan to make the most of McLaren Vale’s rich and bountiful soils. Their business plan consisted of six words: ‘individuality, integrity, quality, purity, elegance and power’. The first wine released was the ‘G.A.M Shiraz’ in 2000 and was named after the Mitolo children, Gemma, Alex and Marco. The fruit is sourced from the vineyard of the Lopresti family, themselves Italian migrants, with 200 acres of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, planted in 1975. Apparently Frank had to do a lot of convincing to get Don Lopresti to part with his prime fruit, but since that time, the partnership has flourished. Over the years, further plantings have been made, particularly of Italian varieties, including Vermentino, Sangiovese and Sagrantino. The vineyards are situated near Gulf St Vincent on heavy, grey loams, with rain almost non-existent during the final stages of ripening, helping to concentrate flavours within the grapes.
Mitolo offer wines under several different labels: ‘Jester’, including budget-priced reds such as the ‘Jester Cabernet Sauvignon’, as well as Malbec, Grenache, Vermentino and a Sangiovese rosé; the ‘Small Batch Series’, including fuller reds and more complex whites, such as ‘The Angela Shiraz’; and the ‘Single Vineyard Series’, the premium label, including the full-bodied, opulent ‘G.A.M. Shiraz’ and the ultra-premium ‘Marsican Shiraz’, made from selected parcels of their finest fruit, made in limited quantities during the best years.
For more information on Mitolo and their wines, visit their website.
A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia’s wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.
Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia’s premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.