Mitolo GAM Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2013




Intense crimson. Black cherry, plum, subtle mint characters and chocolate with distinct notes of malt, cedar and clove. Bright blackberry and plum on the palate with quality oak flavours of mocha and vanilla. Soft tannins and deep flavours continue on the long finish. 

The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Lopresti vineyard, specifically the Chinese Block, located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils are heavy grey loam over sandstone intermixed with black Biscay clay, a hungry earth which naturally controls yield. The climate mirrors that of the Mediterranean, with dry warm days and cool nights resulting in a long, even growing season with little disease pressure. Yield was 5.75 tonnes per hectare from vines with an average age of 20 years old.

McLaren Vale experienced a mild growing season with ideal conditions for budburst and flowering. Most inland regions had a reduction in fruit set due to a burst of heat in November, however in McLaren Vale, due to its proximity to the ocean, the effects were nullified. Good early season rainfall contributed to the already rejuvenated water table and the fruit ripened evenly without any heat stress. Cool nights and mild days allowed good acid maintenance, keeping the fruit bright and flavoursome but above all, balanced. The Shiraz grapes were harvested in March.

Each parcel of fruit was fermented on the skins for ten days at cool and warm temperatures. The lower temperature helped make the finished wine more approachable and the higher temperature gave more structure. The wine underwent partial barrel fermentation and natural malolactic fermentation before racking. It was aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (70% new - a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak - plus 30% one and two years old French/American oak) for 18 months. Bottling took place in January 2012.

15.4% abv

Mitolo GAM Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2013
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