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 vineyards for the Jester Shiraz are located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, close to the seaside town of Aldinga. The combination of cool sea breezes and gully winds provide ideal conditions for growing fruit with intensity and balance. The vines grow in heavy clay, which gives the wine powerful fruit flavours.
The grapes were crushed immediately after delivery to the winery and the skin and juice was then left to warm naturally over several days before fermentation began. The ferment was held at relatively low temperatures to retain bright primary fruit characteristics. Post fermentation the wine was carefully pressed and transferred to oak barrels (10% new) for 18 months prior to bottling.
This wine has a bright ruby red colour with a vivid purple rim in the glass. Aromas of ripe dark fruits such as blood plum and blackberry are complemented by savoury notes of black olives and oak char. On the palate, it is a full-bodied, mouth-filling wine, with fine grained tannins and concentrated dark fruits, and a hint of coffee and mocha on the long finish.