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2016 Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rose

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This bright and frisky Rose from Mitolo is simply a bloody good drink! Bucket loads of red fruits and fresh rose petals attack the senses at first sniff, together with touches of oregano. The palate is light, bright and slightly buttery with a solid core of red berries, soft tannins, and a smooth, elongated finish. Would be great with salmon sashimi.

Winemaker's Notes

Origin: Italians love wine almost as much as they love sharing it. The Jester Sangiovese Rosé, like all of our wines, is made to share. Sangiovese hails from Tuscany in central Italy where it is used to make some of the world’s most revered wines. Its high natural acidity and powerful cherry and floral flavours make it ideal for Rosé. Our vineyard, which is about 3.5km east of Port Willunga at the southern end of McLaren Vale, offers the ideal Mediterranean climate to grow Sangiovese grapes befitting of our Italian roots. Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rosé is fresh, bright and textured, yet dry. It is a wonderful accompaniment for food, or a fantastic refreshing drink on its own - in the company of friends of course.

Creation: We carefully harvest the Sangiovese grapes by hand during the evening, then leave them to cool naturally as the temperature drops overnight at our winery. The following day the grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and pressed immediately off skins, to keep the colour to a minimum. The juice is then fermented at very low temperatures for two to three weeks until it is completely dry. The wine is cold stabilised and filtered before bottling where it waits to be enjoyed.

What's in a name? The Jesters of the Courts of Europe had one motivation, to entertain the household of a nobleman and his guests. The Jester, a modern day entertainer, is exactly that. Able to excite and tell stories at any dinner table, he is the life of the party. He waivers from fits of laughter, to being somewhat risqué and suggestive. Ultimately, he is there to remind us not to take life too seriously. He gathers friends around regularly to eat and drink well, as he of course is the instigator of such frivolity. We all know a modern day Jester, and to them, the life of the party, we salute the Jester in you.

Colour: Pale salmon pink

Nose: Lifted and floral with notes of white peach, strawberry, and fresh cut melon

Palate: Fresh, crisp and delicate with bright summer berry flavours that are complemented by a long, dry finish. The perfect accompaniment to a seafood dish

Cellaring: Will drink best in its first two years

Food pair: A wine made for warm summer evenings, a perfect accompaniment would be a simple fish dish such as seared King George Whiting fillets caught fresh off the Port Willunga coast served with just cooked cherry tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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2016 Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rose

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Announcing one of the Jester’s finest performances yet! A delightfully fragrant, tangy and refreshing rosé of pale salmon hue and flavours of rose petal, raspberry, pomegranate and guava. It finishes with excellent acid zip and softly textural structure, lingering long and clean. The Jester is more lively than you might expect for McLaren Vale, thanks to vineyards at the southern end of the Vale that enjoy the nearby cooling influence of the sea by day and cool breezes from the hills by night.
Wine Taste Edition 98
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Pale pink; a classic sangioverse rose, more spicy and savoury then sweet and fruity, though there are ample cherry nuances to fill out the palate. Has very good balance and length; a cut above most. 12.5% alc.
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
The darkest and most structured rosé in my Valentine’s special, there is a texture here derived from the rounded phenolics of sangiovese skins. It’s a refreshing and spicy style with lovely definition of strawberry, guava and watermelon fruit. Leave the aperitif, party-starting business to lighter rosés and keep the Jester on hand for spicy fusion pairing.
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Precisely the style of rose Australia should be making more of! Delightfully floral, fresh and spicy, it's scented with sweet red fruits and a whiff of funkiness. Long, bright and clear, it's vibrant, but restrained presence of small berry/ cherry fruit and fine, dusty tannin finishes quite savoury, with lingering meaty, waxy complexity and refreshing acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Sangiovese is behind many of Australia's most alluring roses, here accurately expressing its vibrant acidity and tomato and red berry fruits. Lovely restraint, with watermelon, strawberry, pomegranate and subtle mixed spice.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright fuschia pink;attractive red fruits dance the song to a beat of dry, spicy minerality. Good food style.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Pale salmon-pink; initially light-bodied, but increases its impact with a spicy/ cherry back palate and dry finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The light red colour is a beacon for good times; surely this was the jester's favourite drink of all? Following a short spell on skins, sangiovese's red cherries and berries are in full swing. Flavours are all red fruits and fragrant musk, the texture is smooth and it handles a good chill, cherry-pip finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Vivid red-purple; a rose with considerable attitude; plum, confit and spice, the alcohol just a touch edgy.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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