Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2014


SKU 00532


Mitolo is recognized as one of the finest producers in McLaren Vale. With brilliant young winemaker Ben Glaetzer, Frank and Simone produce individual, hand-crafted wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Mitolo's philosophy has always been to focus on the vineyard, ensuring that the grapes are picked on flavor ripeness and that the right balance of aromas and structure are achieved. Parker raves : "For a winery only established in 1999 and dedicated to hand crafted artisinal wines, Mitolo has consistently been a revolution in my tastings."

The Jester wines share the pedigree of the top Mitolo wines, but are more accessible and fruit-forward. Jester Shiraz is a blend of several blocks within the Lopresti vineyard in the Willunga district, all the way at the southern tip of McLaren Vale overlooking the
coast. Being so close to the coast, the vines experience warm summer days that contribute to fruit intensity and excellent tannin ripeness, and cooling afternoon sea breezes and nights maintain good acid levels in the grapes, allowing extended maturation on the vine and resulting in complexity of the flavor profile. The soils are heavy gray loam over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay. The excellent water holding capacity of these soils mean minimal irrigation is required giving the wines maximum flavor. The vines are an average age of 25 years old.

Each parcel of fruit for Jester is fermented on skins for 5-6 days at a cool temperature to enhance the pure berry fruit. The wine is then pressed and undergoes partial barrel fermentation. A natural malolactic fermentation is completed before the wine is racked. it is then aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 14 months.
Category Red Wine
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Appellation McLaren Vale
Brand Mitolo
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastThis bottling is less ebullient than previous vintages, but that only makes it more appealing. It still has its hallmark blackberry, spice and cocoa shadings, they're just in better overall proportion and balanced by more of an earthy, savory streak. The tannins are ripe and silky, the fruit bright on the finish.

Joe Czerwinski, October 1, 2016
  • ws89

Wine SpectatorBright and juicy, offering a fragrant floral overtone to the cherry and raspberry flavors. Delivers accents of spice, toast and black tea, with a solid, firm finish. Drink now through 2026. 1,500 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, June 30, 2016
  • wa89

Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple in color, the 2014 Shiraz Jester is a little subdued at this youthful stage, with scorched earth and chargrill notes opening out to cassis and crushed blackberries, plus a suggestion of black pepper. Medium-bodied, this is straight-up, textbook McLaren Vale Shiraz with gobs of juicy fruit and a little bit of earthy subtext complemented by a touch of tannic chew.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 2016