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2013 Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon

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If you like your reds musclebound, this one from Mitolo is the one for you. It's a rich, ballsy style that shows plenty of ripe black fruits on the nose with whiffs of chocolate and coffee grounds from oak. The palate is sumptuous and soft with lots of juicy, sweet fruits in the centre, very approachable tannins, and a smooth savoury earth finish. Best enjoyed over the next couple of years.

Winemaker's Notes

Origin: Italians love to talk, and they love to tell stories. Our Jester Cabernet Sauvignon tells its own tale, and starts conversations flowing. We follow the Italian technique of drying the Cabernet grapes on racks, and this makes up twenty per cent of this Jester wine. The vineyards for the Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 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 of intensity and balance. The vines sit on heavy clay, which gives the wine powerful fruit flavours. Our Mitolo Jester Cabernet is best shared with family and friends, where its story can be told.

Creation: 2013 was a was a great vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. We take a slightly different approach to creating our Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, and handle twenty per cent of the fruit using the ancient Italian technique of drying the grapes prior to fermentation, for approximately six weeks. The remaining grapes are fermented on skins for six to ten days, at cool temperatures to enhance pure berry fruit. Frank’s Italian roots inspired him to borrow this technique from the Valpolicella region of north eastern Italy, where it is used to make Amarone wine. Aside from producing a wine with a complete framework of tannin and intense fruit characteristics, it also makes for a great story to share at the table with our family and friends.

What's in a name? All of our Jester wines are named after Jesters of the 15th and 16th Century. For this wine, we chose a Jester who is much like the wine itself; unique and slightly eccentric. His name is Monarcho, and he was known as the most eccentric of all the Jesters in the court of Elizabeth 1. The only fool named by Shakespeare in any of his works and features in ‘Loves Labour Lost”, the Italian born and usually blue attired Monarcho was more intelligent and politically aware than his court persona. He starred as the fool for six years before retirement in 1575, and died thereafter in 1580. The eccentric Monarcho drew attention with his unique flair, much like our Amarone style Jester wine.

Colour: Deep garnet red.

Nose: Lifted, fresh and undeniably varietal characters of violets and blackcurrant with underlying herbal notes of green capsicum and mint.

Palate: Fresh, bright, youthful and full of vitality, the wine is bursting with red berry and cassis flavours. It’s medium to full bodied with a velvety, plush mid palate, yet finishes quite dry, with nervy acidity and a savoury grip that works beautifully with food.

Cellaring: Two to six years.

Food pair: Osso Bucco.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
At the full end of McLaren Vale cabernet flavour, with cassis and chocolate interwoven with soft tannins and balanced oak. A come hither style that doesn't need introspection or deconstruction.
Drink by 2023
Campbell Mattinson (2013 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale cabernet. In solid form. Dark colour. Dark berried flavour. Plenty to sink your teeth into. Cassis, chocolate, mint and earth. Clean, firm lines of both tannin and acidity. Seals the deal on the finish. Well constructed/delivered cabernet.
2016 - 2022+
Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
It's oak treatment might be a little raw and obvious, but this approachable, plush and velvety red delivers pleasing flavour and balance. Slightly cooked and jammy, with raisined aromas of cassis, dark plums and blackberries backed by cedary oak, it's ultra-ripe-and juicy, wrapped in smooth but firmish tannins and lively acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; uses the Amarone technique pioneered by joe Grilli in Australia, with 20% of the grapes air-dried for eight weeks before being crushed; it worked for him and it works here, adding a dimension of richness to the blackcurrant fruit and creating a velvety texture.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A charming early-drinking and approachable wine with distinctive character and freshness. It's scented with a faintly meaty, dusty bouquet of raspberries, cassis and dark plums with kernel-like undertones. Long and juicy, with a pristine brightness of small berry flavours knit with gentle, pliant tannins and restrained oak, it finishes soft and savoury.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; perhaps it's the maritime climate, but McLaren Vale and cabernet sauvignon have long established a symbiotic relationship, the lush blackcurrant fruit of this wine achieved without any suggestion of heat or dead fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Shorter-term, generous, ripe and juicy, with texture and personality. Wild, briary and jammy aromas of dark plums, cassis, blackberries and cedar/vanilla oak reveal notes of caramel and dried herbs. Its palate is fresher and concentrated, with a juicy presence of jujube-like cassis and blackberry flavour finishing marginally short, with fractionally baked currant-like fruit and drying tannins.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
A masterfully blended wine, with Amarone portions contributing tannin texture and alcoholic warmth. It's a glossy, fruit-focused style with lovely palate richness of blackcurrant and blueberry fruit pulled into line by subtle, integrated oak.
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Last year, the '04 Jester Shiraz got the nod in these pages. Interesting that again the preference is for Jester (cab this time) rather than Mitolo's more grown-up version, Serpico. This hot new kid on the McLaten Vale block has wowed the Yanks with its more powerful wines and there's nothing wrong with them. But for value, I'll take this. You just have to love the combination of power and seamless fruit.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2007 2007

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