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2013 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz

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G.A.M stands for the initials of the three Mitolo children - Gemma, Alex and Marco. This is a serious wine with a serious alcohol level (14.5%), however, it is amazingly well-balanced and shows super-ripe aromas of sweet dark berries, chocolaty oak and peppery spice with hints of meaty savouriness. The palate is full and intense with a powerful black fruit middle, fine chalky tannins, and a lush, sweet-fruited, savoury-edged finish. It will cellar for a few years, or needs a big chunk of meat to wrestle with.

Winemaker's Notes

We love our wine, we love our food, and most of all we love our family. Named after Frank’s three children, Gemma, Alex and Marco, our Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz represents not only family but the beginning of the Mitolo Wines story. It’s the first wine that Frank crafted in 2000 and sits at the heart of the Mitolo story.

Appearance: Bright, deep, crimson red

Bouquet: Intense, complex and bright nose of black cherry and blackened cedar wood with complexing dried Mediterranean herbs

Palate: The palate is a true reflection of one of the great vintages of the region with immense yet savoury flavours of vanilla, dark plums and dry, earthy flavours reminiscent of the clay soil from which it is grown. It is superbly balanced with a surprising restraint to the mid-palate despite its bold flavour

Food pairing notes: This comforting wine requires equally comforting food, pappardelle with duck ragyu. Or try it with baked veal and sage meatballs with soft polenta

Cellaring: 6 - 10 years

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
Red and black cherry-berry fruitiness, compote, cherry pie, sniffs of pepper, clove, mellow, fine smelling start. Medium weight, even, fruit driven style with concentrated berry fruit flavour, gentle sweetness, comely, fine tannin profile and smooth roll of faint oak, though lemony finish distracts. For lovers of the rich and smooth shiraz styles
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; the wine is so potent and concentrated on the spice, licorice, dark chocolate and black-fruited bouquet and palate that you donÕt initially think about the alcohol, but it progressively becomes more obvious.
To 2030
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Excellent deep crimson-purple; first and last a demonstration of regional character, with lush black plum in a wrapping of dark chocolate, anise and spice; pleasantly savoury tannins on the finish.
To 2029
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dense crimson; the wine progresses from a total fusion of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate on the bouquet and fore-palate, to a more complex, open, savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Perhaps a little baked and lacking its usual style, this honest and flavoursome shiraz has a dark, briary and slightly meaty bouquet of currant-like plums, berries and dark chocolate. It's very concentrated, smooth and juicy, with intense, moderately long and rather sour-edged flavours of blackberries, cassis and dark plums easing into a background of creamy fine-grained oak and pliant tannin.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A meaty, pruney shiraz with an ultra-ripe expression of currants and raisins that slowly opens up with more juiciness and brightness but does depend on its oak treatment for palate sweetness. Initially promising and forward, it dissipates somewhat towards a sappy, slightly raw and metallic finish with a sour-edged aspect.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Strong colour; dusty/bitter chocolate aromas lead into a powerful wine that really needs more fruit on the mid-palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Pristine, powerful and purple fruit; blue and blackberries, loads of spice and a restrained use of oak for such powerful fruit; very pure and bright on the vibrant finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Ripe, juicy and fractionally overcooked, this luscious, soft and polished shiraz backs its briary aromas of dark berries with smoky nuances of raisins, prunes and slightly varnishy chocolate/cedar oak. With a fine, firm but slightly metallic undercarriage, its new oak and mouthfilling flavours of blackberries, dark plums and raspberries extend sumptuously towards a slightly sweet-sour finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Proclaims its terroir from the first whiff; layer-upon-layer of blackberry and plum fruit, high-quality oak and tannin management.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Smooth, luscious and deeply fruited, this artfully made shiraz opens with a dark, smoky and meaty bouquet of dark plums and berries, with reductive, charcuterie-like undertones as well as a cinnamon/nutmeg-like spiciness. Its warm and deeply layered palate of sour-edged plums and blackberries, licorice and mint knits tightly with fine-grained cedary oak and a firmish, but pliant undercarriage.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Deep colour, excellent hue; concentrated and rich red and black fruits, and plenty of dusty tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Slightly cooked, meaty and evolved, with a spicy, leathery and floral bouquet of cassis, plums and redcurrants backed by sweet, lightly gluey and mocha-like American oak. Full to medium in weight, It's savoury and quite tarry, with a confectionary and partially dehydrated expression of cassis and plums backed by sweet dark chocolate/vanilla oak and supported by slightly gritty tannin. Quite well mannered, but with some dead fruit qualities.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Herb and spice edges to the aroma; full-bodied, powerful and dense blackberry and bitter chocolate palate fruit; controlled but ample tannins; 14.5° alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Forward, rather raw and oily shiraz whose meaty, pruney fruit lacks brightness and vitality and tends to dry out down the palate. Its spicy, chocolatey aromas are slightly cooked and prune-like, and while there's some up-front blackcurrant and plum-like fruit, there's more than a hint of tar and treacle about its spirity, ultra-ripe palate. Drink sooner than later.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Supple and perfectly balanced; medium-bodied black fruits, dark chocolate and spice; sweet fruit on the finish; very stylish wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Bright purple-red; the complex bouquet has a range of black fruits, spices, earth and vanilla; the palate has excellent mouthfeel, with no hint of overripe fruit, the blackberry and bitter chocolate fruit set against well-balanced, savoury tannins. Excellent oak handling
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003

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