Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2015
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.
Wine AdvocateDeep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Shiraz Jester has crushed blueberries and black cherries on the nose with touches of Chinese five spice, lavender and black pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with juicy black berry and spice box flavors, it has rounded tannins and a refreshing line, finishing long and relatively uncomplicated.
Wine SpectatorPlump and juicy, with an intense vibrancy to the blackberry, cherry and black pepper flavors. Cedar and spice notes linger on the firm finish. Drink now through 2027. 4,000 cases imported.