In this Mitolo McLaren Vale Shiraz 6-pack, you’ll get one bottle of the 2017 Savitar Shiraz, and five bottles of the 2018 Mitolo Angela Shiraz.
Mitolo Savitar McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017 Power and polish. The Savitar Shiraz thrums with McLaren Vale muscle. The fruit is sourced from the Chinese Block in the Lopresti vineyard that produces Mitolo’s other stunning red, the G.A.M. There’s a wisp of sandal wood there for but a second before cedar, clove and liquorice take the stage, ably supported by crushed blackberries. The palate is full and brawny, slapping down layer after layer of those notes teased on the nose. The oaken framework is new, all French and according to winemaker Ben Glaetzer (that fact alone should tell you what you need to know) it tames the fruit. We love Ben’s wines but we could never describe this as tame. Why on earth would you want that?
Mitolo Angela McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 Frank Mitolo named the Angela for his mother. And it is well named as this is a wine for the table, for family, for the pour and for the share. Bramble and black cherry cuff you about the senses and the palate—round, generous and smooth—speaks of familial warmth and home comforts. The winery suggests a cellaring guide of between six and ten years. With five bottles of the Angela in the pack, six to ten weeks won’t cover it.
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It’s a red of substance. It carries deep, plum-like flavour with clove, resin, cedarwood and fresh licorice characters rolling through. It’s feels both svelte and sturdy at once; the fruit sets the tone, the tannin ensures the finish. It’s a very good McLaren Vale shiraz.
93 points, The Wine Front (October 2020)
Vanilla and mulberries mark the nose of the clay-grown 2018 Small Batch Series Angela Shiraz. It's a rich but elegant offering, with ample weight and depth, dark overtones of mocha and black olive, a round, plush feel in the mouth and a lingering finish. It should drink well for a decade, possibly more.
93 points, Wine Advocate (February 2021)
Sourced from a lower-yielding section of the same vineyard as the GAM Shiraz and matured in 100% new oak, the 2017 Savitar Shiraz is tighter and more concentrated, yet it still remains essentially approachable. Hints of toasty oak frame bold blackberry and blueberry flavors in a wine that's full-bodied and lush without being unstructured. Soft tannins dominate the long, mouthwatering finish.
94 points, Wine Advocate (November 2019)
Violet, clove, black cherry and mulberry. Well handled, with tannins dutifully extracted across a 10-day period involving regular pumpovers. Malolactic conversion in wood (20% new), with some charcuterie scents to order. Plush, rich and, for the price, very good.
93 points, Wine Companion (November 2020)
A capacious shiraz, rich and enveloping with its warmth. Plenty floral. Pulpy and grapey. Quintessentially regional, with blue to dark fruit accents, mocha-coffee-bean-bitter choco. tannins plied by the extract of fruit and ample use of oak. A long peppery linger, warming the recesses of the throat. A wine, very well crafted, for those who like largesse.
93 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)