Mitolo The Jester Shiraz 2011
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
The 2011 Jester Shiraz is a bright crimson color. The nose is a true reflection of a cooler year in McLaren vale with cranberry, blueberry, a hint of cracked black pepper, and quality spicy oak. Medium to full bodied, again a reflection of a cooler year with bright flavors of red berries, subtle herbal character and an overall savory quality to the finish, perfect for food.
Australian Wine Companion - "Has excellent colour for the vintage, McLaren vale doing it once again; there is a cool climate-like spicy/peppery edge to the ripe black fruits of the palate, the tannins supple, the oak integrated. One of the best wines of this difficult vintage."
In a short period of time Mitolo has become recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. Mitolo is a family owned business, started by and led by the founder and owner Frank Mitolo's vision to create a range of wines of individuality, integrity and utmost quality. Whether it is in the vineyard, or in the winery, or the work of the different coopers who source and shape the diverse barrels which are used at Mitolo, each wine is nurtured and developed with a zealous passion that spares no effort to ensure that the best of everything is brought together to make wines of purity, elegance and power.
Italian family roots inspired Frank's early interest and enthusiasm for good food and great wine. With three earlier generations of his family working as agriculturists and entrepreneurs, it is not surprising that (while heading an international horticultural business), Frank found the energy and passion to pursue his dream of creating world-class wines. The business was established in 1999 and a year later the first Mitolo wine was launched. It was called G.A.M.; named after Frank’s three children and the next generation of Mitolo’s, Gemma, Alexander and Marco.
Acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer is a partner in the business and the combination of his winemaking skills and Frank’s vision have led Mitolo to international recognition and acclaim. What started out as a dream is becoming an exciting reality, and Mitolo Wines has only just begun on its journey. View all Mitolo Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 4
- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 1
- 1 Stars: 1
13 ratings, 6 with reviewstallyho - Stilwell, KS48/16/2014
Worth laying down. Huge flavor needs some time.Alma Leon Reveles - San Francisco, CA48/15/2014Solid 4 star wine for the price. Elegant and complex with a nice long finish. The cool climate blue fruit is very appealing It's a good one.57/23/2014kattykat - Oriental, NC45/19/2014del915 - Boston, MA23/16/2014Good for cooking, but is a bit young for drinking.CDES - Minoa, NY53/1/2014
- Big & Bold
Outstanding. Enjoyed the first bottle so much, Ordered 7 more! One of the BEST reds I have ever purchased!Jas P - Annapolis, MD41/4/2014
- Smooth & Supple
rfarouni - Columbus, OH312/5/2013Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC411/20/2013Very good, but the price is too high, rather buy Shooflyroblbarb - Wellesley, MA111/3/2013Terrible wine Do Not BuyFrank Curtin - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL511/1/2013KathleenF - Warwick, NY410/30/2013bad dds - Cincinnati, OH510/26/2013
- Earth & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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