In a nutshell: A bright, dense and juicy South Australian Shiraz from the McLaren Vale.
The lowdown: South Australia's McLaren Vale which is just south of Adelaide is an area noted for its rich reds and Mitolo's Jester is just such an example. Their vineyards for this wine are situated at the southern end of the region around the town of Aldinga. After several days maceration it's fermented at cool temperatures to retain the bright primary fruit following which it's aged in oak barrels for 12 months before bottling. With a deep purple red colour there's ripe blackberries and cassis on the nose alongside some herbs and subtle smokiness. On the palate there's juicy raspberries and plums together with some tapenade savouriness which is all framed by gentle tannins and a dry, herbal finish. Great value for such a spot-on Aussie Shiraz.
When to drink: Big and brooding, this is perfect with everything from barbecue red meats, to stews and casseroles.
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.