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Mitolo ‘Jester’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

RM174.0

Jester Cabernet is a ‘baby’ Serpico, the top Mitolo Cabernet produced using an Amarone drying process. For the Jester Cabernet, 25% of the grapes are left to dry on 10 kg drying racks for 7 weeks and 3 days in the traditional Amarone winemaking method. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable, delivering excellent quality for the price.

Jester Cabernet vineyards are located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, close to the town of Willunga. The soil here is mostly black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation bedrock. This clay topsoil holds water in winter and spring leading to strong growth. In the summer it becomes very dry, so dry it cracks up stressing the vines which leads to intense flavor. A combination of cool sea breezes and gully winds help to temper the warm summer days giving ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance.

Bright and fresh with signature Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of red capsicum, menthol, violet and mixed herbs. Full bodied and mouth filling with juicy red cherry, blackcurrant and cassis, intertwined with savory dark chocolate and tobacco. The Amarone component adds to a textured finish.

RP: 90Pts

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Description

When the Mitolo family arrived in Australia in the 1950s they brought their viticulturist ancestry and an ethos belonging to the Abruzzo region – forte e gentile. The family worked hard to become successful market gardeners while staying true to their origins where food and wine, family and friends, laughter and celebration were an integral part of life. After years of working in his family’s potato business, Frank Mitolo started making wine for family and friends.

In 1999, after a now legendary 5-hour discussion with winemaker Ben Glaetzer, the pair fashioned a dream of making the ultimate expression of McLaren Vale’s rich provenance of soils. They jotted a six word business plan on the back of a napkin: individuality, integrity, quality, purity, elegance and power. The first Mitolo wine, the 2000 G.A.M. Shiraz was named after Frank’s children Gemma, Alex and Marco. Since then Mitolo have added another 10 wines to the range each with its own distinct personality and story.

The winery works closely with its growers, the Loprestis. The Loprestis, also Italian immigrants and old friends of the Mitolos, have an affinity with their land, producing fruit of the highest quality. The fruit is the essence of Mitolo, with a depth of flavour garnered from heavy clay soils, yet freshness thanks to the gentle afternoon sea breeze. In the winery, Ben takes a ‘hands-off’ approach, fermenting cool to retain purity, and using a range of barrel coopers to generate complexity yet respect and enhance the fruit.

The Mitolo Italian heritage runs strongly through the range using the Italian varietals and techniques. Business meetings are still held over Sunday lunch with traditional Italian food and of course Mitolo wine shared with friends, old and new. And at the heart of it all, in the wine style, in the people, is the motto that the Mitolo’s brought from Abruzzo – forte a gentile: strong and gentle.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Alcohol Level

Bottle Size

750ml

Brand

Mitolo

Country

Australia

Region

McLaren Vale

Grape Variety

Cabernet Sauvignon & BlendS

Family

Red wine

Vintage

2018

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Mitolo ‘Jester’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon
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