This brooding beast starts with scents of dark chocolate and coffee, then adds plenty of fruit in the form of blueberries and blackberries on the rich, chewy palate. Despite the wine’s considerable heft and density of fruit, there’s enough spicy complexity and a surprising degree of elegance to the long, tongue-tingling finish. Drink now–2015.
Nitpicking Europhiles might find this a touch warm on the palate, but it’s a full-bodied, lusty expression of Australian Shiraz, with fruit that kaleidoscopically moves from raspberries to black cherries and on to blackberries, all the while graced with hints of peppery spice that echo elegantly on the long finish. Drink 2010–2020.
Mitolo’s top Shiraz offering from 2007 is its Savitar bottling, from McLaren Vale. This full-bodied, creamy, lush, expansive wine features aromas of toast and vanilla upfront, followed by mixed berries that seem to grow in intensity with every sip. Drink now-2020.
Full-bodied and lush, this hedonistic Shiraz easily hides its elevated alcohol level (15%) behind layers of concentrated plummy fruit. Hints of coffee, herbs and spices impart complexity, so this isn’t a simple fruit bomb. Long and focused on the finish, with well-concealed structure that keeps the fruit from becoming jammy. Drink now–2015.
Already approachable, Mitolo’s 2006 G.A.M. should nevertheless age 10–15 years. The aromas are slightly peppery and spicy, accented by hints of smoke, while the flavors are dark and savory, blending cedar, coffee, black olive and cola. The soft tannins amply frame the long, mouthwatering finish.
Mitolo has the right idea here, delivering a suave, balanced, medium-sized Shiraz, en screwcap, for only 20 bucks. It has chalky, smooth tannins and undrestated black fruit dusted with mocha. Sees a surge of clay, and a flash of eucalyptus, on the finish. There's a little alcoholic warmth on the nose, but it's a balls-on solid wine overall.
Made from grapes dried passito-style, this is an excellent Cab. Well balanced with soft tannins, it shows earth and focused blackberry aromas, and very juicy blackberry and plum fruit. Pretty, unique and worth seeking out.
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer has crafted yet another excellent wine for the Mitolo family, and even though the Reiver Shiraz seems a touch better this vintage, the G.A.M. is no slouch. Its bouquet of vanilla, spice and plum pudding even smells rich, and that’s followed by a medium- to full-bodied wine with a creamy texture and authoritative fruit flavors. Shows a touch…