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 vineyards for the Jester Shiraz are located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, close to the seaside town of Aldinga. The combination of cool sea breezes and gully winds provide ideal conditions for growing fruit with intensity and balance. The vines grow in heavy clay, which gives the wine powerful fruit flavours.
Spring and early summer of 2015 were quite warm and very dry. Crucially, the majority of January and early February was abnormally cool, which allowed the fruit character to develop steadily. The usual hot and very dry weather followed straight after. As a result, the vintage kicked off a week earlier than normal and was fast and furious. While yields were reduced, the reds showed excellent fruit, colour and tannin. The resulting wines are precise, fresh and vibrant.
Grapes for Jester were crushed immediately after delivery to the winery. The skin and juice mix was allowed to warm naturally over several days after which fermentation began. Fermentation took place at a relatively low temperature, helping to retain bright primary fruit characters in the wine. Following this, the wines were carefully pressed, separating them from the skins, and transferred to oak barrels (10% new, 90% second or third use) for 18 months before bottling.
The nose is bright, lifted and aromatic with raspberry, blackberry and mint chocolate characters. The palate is concentrated with a luscious rolling texture and packed with fresh blackberry and plum, dark chocolate, liquorice and a hint of white pepper spice. The wine is juicy and plush with silky tannins that linger, providing a dry, savoury finish.