In a nutshell: Savoury and rich South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon from the McLaren Vale
The lowdown: Mitolo is one of the established stars of South Australia. Their Jester Cabernet Sauvignon may be at the inexpensive end of their range but it really overdelivers. 20% of the fruit is left to dry - Amarone style - which adds sumptuous richness and depth. It's then aged in old French oak for 14 months before bottling and the result is a wine full of ripe cassis followed by savoury, cigar-box and somewhat earthy notes. A lovely tight spine of acidity runs through it all which balances the intense flavours really well making it all very well composed and attractive.
When to drink: Certainly a wine with great personality. It'll go well with roasts especially lamb.
McLaren Vale-based Mitolo is a family-owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo, whose Italian roots inspired his early interest in, and enthusiasm for, good food and great wine. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Franks knowledge of the land and business acumen with Bens winemaking talent has resulted in Mitolo becoming one of Australias most awarded wineries. From the approachable Jester range to the premium wines that wow the critics, Mitolo has made a name for itself as one of the Australian producers to watch.
Overlooking the coast, the vineyard in McLaren Vale has heavy grey loam over sandstone soil with black cracking Biscay clay. The proximity to the ocean ensures cool afternoon breezes that help retain good acidity levels and aid in the development of complex flavours in the grapes.