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 grapes come from the Willunga district of McLaren Vale, where there are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay. These soils, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
The 2016 vintage in McLaren Vale will be remembered as one of the earliest and most condensed in history thanks largely to a dry and warm growing season. A drier than usual winter was followed by a warm and dry spring, which promoted shoot growth and flowering. These conditions continued into summer until a short period of heavy rain at the beginning of February immediately before the bulk of the region was to be harvested, which increased bunch weight and boosted vineyard yields.
20% of the grapes were left to dry on 10 kilogram drying racks for seven weeks in the traditional Amarone manner to concentrate flavour. The fruit was fermented on its skins for six to ten days at cool temperatures to enhance the pure berry fruit flavour. Natural malolactic fermentation occurred before the wine was racked. The wine was then aged for nine months in used French oak barrels.
Bright and fragrant with signature Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackcurrant, menthol and tobacco leaf. Full bodied with ripe black fruits, dark chocolate and lifted herbaceous notes. The liqueured Morello cherry character contributed by the component of Amarone fruit adds to this richly textured wine which is framed by ripe tannins and mouth-watering acidity.