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.
Savitar, the flagship Mitolo Shiraz, is a tightly structured yet powerful wine produced in very limited quantities. Delicately balanced such that no single element dominates, Savitar is brooding and intense, an impressive wine for special moments.
Like the G.A.M., the fruit for Savitar comes from the Lopresti vineyard Chinese Block, located at the southern end of McLaren Vale about 3km inland from the coastal town of Port Willunga. The Savitar grapes come from one tiny section of this block: a particularly unforgiving, rocky patch of soil in the north eastern corner. Here, the vines are naturally pushed very hard, producing low yields of fruit.The berries are tiny but well structured and packed full of flavour.
The 2016 vintage delivered high quality wines with great colour, and bright, pure fruit flavours. Each parcel of fruit for Savitar is delicately hand harvested and then fermented on skins for ten days. This slightly longer time on skins ensures a tighter overall structure setting up the framework for a wine built for ageing. Following fermentation, the wine is pressed, and transferred to oak barrels where it remains on light lees for approximately 16 months before it is carefully selected for the final blend.
Deep rich ruby with bright, youthful purple highlights. Intense and abundant ripe black fruit aromas of cassis, mulberry and blackberry fill the glass. There is an almost liqueured quality to the aromas, such is their intensity and richness. A creamy and spicy overlay of vanilla and clove spice contributed by maturation in high quality French Oak hogshead adding finesse to its richly polished fruit aromas. Generous, mouth filling and full bodied, the palate is saturated with complex black fruit flavours that are both silken and rich. It's structure is serious with a brooding intensity that holds well for it's long term cellaring ability. Dark chocolate and espresso notes add further savoury complexity to its powerful firmly framed fruits. Finely judged acidity draws it all together giving wonderful length and liveliness to what is an impressively powerful complete McLaren Vale Shiraz of the highest order.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
This sumptuous offering exhibits fabulous dark fruit intensity together with nuances of smoked game, chocolate tart and cake spice. It is concentrated and multi-layered with awesome fruit richness backed by plush mouthfeel and lavish texture, leading to an extremely long, gratifying finish. At its best: now to 2028.