Mitolo 7th Son Grenache Shiraz 2014 (6 x 750mL) McLaren Vale, SA

Description:

STYLE

Seventh Son Grenache Shiraz is quite a different wine for Mitolo and a commitment to the McLaren Vale region and its most revered varieties. The Grenache portion, sourced from old bush vines off the sands of Blewitt Springs, provides rustic, lighter, earthier flavours than the fruit forward, softer Shiraz portion sourced from the Lopresti vineyards. When blended together though these opposites provide a great foil for each other, creating a complex and intriguing wine. There is very little new oak influence in this wine, with older oak barrels chosen for the elevage. The tannins are sandy, almost gritty, helped along by the tiny dollop of Sagrantino, a little

Italian twist on a classic blend from southern France and McLaren Vale. This is a wine made more in the earthy style of the wines of my European heritage, yet still speaks loudly of place, McLaren vale, with its generosity and purity.

VINEYARD

The Grenache is sourced from the northern part of McLaren Vale known as Blewitt Springs where the soil is deep sand. This vineyard of old gnarly bush vines is dry grown and farmed with minimal input. It is a significantly cooler site than where the Shiraz and Sagrantino parcels are sourced: the Mitolo Lopresti vineyard found about 30km to the south on the clay flatlands near the beach. The cooler conditions and sandy soil give the Grenache wine big fragrance and firm structure. The Shiraz offers a juxtaposition of style with the warmer conditions and heavy clay soil giving a richness and soft structure that are an ideal foil for the Grenache.

VINIFICATION

The Shiraz and Grenache parcels were kept separate until the final blending stage just prior to bottling. Both parcels were destemmed without crushing then pumped over once daily. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannin, colour and flavour very softly and to hold onto the pure fruit characters that are a signature for Mitolo. The wine was kept in one and two year old barrels, all of French origin, for 18

months before being blended. We added just a small amount of Sagrantino to the final blend, also from the Lopresti vineyard,to enhance the structure of the wine. The final blend was clarified by racking only, and bottled without fining or filtration.

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STYLE

Seventh Son Grenache Shiraz is quite a different wine for Mitolo and a commitment to the McLaren Vale region and its most revered varieties. The Grenache portion, sourced from old bush vines off the sands of Blewitt Springs, provides rustic, lighter, earthier flavours than the fruit forward, softer Shiraz portion sourced from the Lopresti vineyards. When blended together though these opposites provide a great foil for each other, creating a complex and intriguing wine. There is very little new oak influence in this wine, with older oak barrels chosen for the elevage. The tannins are sandy, almost gritty, helped along by the tiny dollop of Sagrantino, a little

Italian twist on a classic blend from southern France and McLaren Vale. This is a wine made more in the earthy style of the wines of my European heritage, yet still speaks loudly of place, McLaren vale, with its generosity and purity.

VINEYARD

The Grenache is sourced from the northern part of McLaren Vale known as Blewitt Springs where the soil is deep sand. This vineyard of old gnarly bush vines is dry grown and farmed with minimal input. It is a significantly cooler site than where the Shiraz and Sagrantino parcels are sourced: the Mitolo Lopresti vineyard found about 30km to the south on the clay flatlands near the beach. The cooler conditions and sandy soil give the Grenache wine big fragrance and firm structure. The Shiraz offers a juxtaposition of style with the warmer conditions and heavy clay soil giving a richness and soft structure that are an ideal foil for the Grenache.

VINIFICATION

The Shiraz and Grenache parcels were kept separate until the final blending stage just prior to bottling. Both parcels were destemmed without crushing then pumped over once daily. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannin, colour and flavour very softly and to hold onto the pure fruit characters that are a signature for Mitolo. The wine was kept in one and two year old barrels, all of French origin, for 18

months before being blended. We added just a small amount of Sagrantino to the final blend, also from the Lopresti vineyard,to enhance the structure of the wine. The final blend was clarified by racking only, and bottled without fining or filtration.

Region:
SA - McLaren Vale
State:
South Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

48% grenache, 45% shiraz, 7% sagrantino. No one will go breaking the heart of cherry-plum flavour, the flash of herbs, the whispers of smoky oak here; tannin simply won't allow it. There are big ropes of the stuff wrapped firm around the hull of fruit. It's certainly not a wine for everyone, but there's an argument to say this is quite monumental. - James Halliday

Medium garnet-purple colored, the 2014 7Th Son Grenache Shiraz is redolent of kirsch, raspberry preserves and chocolate box with touches of Provence herbs and cloves. The palate offers lively red fruit and baking spice flavors with soft, velvety tannins a plenty of freshness, plus a long finish to boot. - The Wine Advocate

Winery Tasting Notes

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COLOUR

Intense Garnet Red

NOSE

Bramble herbs with hints of cracked black pepper underpinned with earthy, dark fruit characters of Satsuma plum, black cherry and liquorice.

PALATE

Grenache plays a leading role and provides dark cherry lift and a seductive, almost slippery mid palate. Shiraz provides some weight to the juicy mouth feel as well as dark fruits and earthy olive tapenade characters. And finally Sagrantino, despite its low proportion, adds beautiful dry earth, cigar box-like savoury lift with those signature tannins giving a drying, snappy finish.

CELLARING

6 - 10 years

MATURATION

Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months.

FOOD MATCH

A perfect match to a simple plate of sliced Norcineria, a sausage made from wild boar (Cinghiale) in Sagrantino’s native Umbria.

Medals & Trophies

Gold

Halliday Wine Companion

Winery Profile

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For such a young winery, Mitolo’s history is rich. It’s one studded with success, wide acclaim, and – most importantly – truly memorable wines. But that’s only to be expected from a winery which, since the very first day, has been motivated by three potent words:

Purity. Elegance. Power.

Those were the guiding principles Frank Mitolo wrote down when he created the winery in 1999. With his Italian heritage and a family history of working the land, Frank was only interested in pursuing excellence. And the results were there immediately in the release of the first Mitolo wine - the 2000 G.A.M. - named after Frank’s children Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Attracted by this commitment to only create wines of outstanding quality, acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer joined Mitolo as a partner in 2001. With grapes sourced from two of Australia’s premier wine regions, Mclaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, Frank and Ben now work tirelessly to surpass their already impressive achievements. Mitolo Wines, praised by some of the world’s toughest critics, are now enjoyed in more than 20 countries around the world.

And that is just the start.

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Other Information

  • 2014 vintage
  • 6 x 750mL units
  • SA - McLaren Vale, South Australia
  • Screwcap closure
  • 14.5% alc.
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