7th Son Grenache Shiraz Sagrantino

The wine is mid-weighted with bright acidity and heart-warming earthy, savoury characters of dried herb and tar sitting perfectly alongside delicate raspberry and cherry.

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Vineyard Notes
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.
Style
Mitolo delivers wines that express purity of varietal flavour, show elegance of structure with soft tannins whilst being rich, powerful and complex. All the grapes are picked on flavour ripeness which contributes to the soft, ripe tannins and vibrant fruit which is a key characteristic of all Mitolo wines.
Winemaker Notes
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 tiny 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.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Fagioli al Forno
The Seventh Son of the Seventh Son is preordained by his birth right to be endowed with the gifts of second sight, healing and luck. The “Chosen One” is however cursed by the good and evil forces that battle for his eternal soul. 
 
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.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months. 
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vintage
2014
7th Son Grenache Shiraz Sagrantino

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2012

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Vintage Note
The 2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.

Variety
56% Grenache, 40% Shiraz, 4% Sagrantino

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Bright garnet

Bouquet
Lifted pure aromatics of darker berry fruits and spice: blackberries, plums, mocha, toasty vanilla oak.

Palate
Deeply flavoured, full and brooding to begin the wine fills the mouth with darker fruit flavours of plum and earthy characters. The mid palate is soft and mouth filling albeit with a lighter touch than the Shiraz wines from our top range. A dry, almost savoury finish with some gritty tannin; a perfect combination for Italian food.

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

Harvest Date
March 2012

Bottling Date
January 2014

Cellaring
6-10 years

Ratings
88 Points The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW for Robert Parker
 

2013

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Vintage Note

The 2013 vintage was a great one for Mitolo in McLaren Vale, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in recent times. Summer began with mild, but dry conditions, ideal for grape growing, which gave us hope of an outstanding year. The dry conditions continued though, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little tough for the vines. Yields were slightly lower than average and coupled with the very dry, warm weather all varieties ripened very quickly, and all at once! Quite unusually the Shiraz was ripe at the same time as our Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose. This made life a little tricky in the winery, with everyone working extremely hard to manage the rapid intake of fruit. We were given some respite however as the a small amount of rain together with some milder weather caused sugar levels in the fruit to plateau for a couple of weeks allowing us to take a bit more time. Overall the quality of the wines is excellent though. The Jester whites and rose are full of flavour with balancing acidity, and ripe at slightly higher sugar levels than previous years. The reds are deeply coloured with excellent structure. They are not as full in flavour as 2012, with a lighter feel to them that will likely fill out as they age in barrel. This will be remembered as an excellent vintage, perhaps not quite as ‘classically’ good as 2010 or 2012 but certainly up there in that echelon.

Variety
65% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 3% Sagrantino

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Light crimson

Bouquet
Grenache is the dominant grape in the blend and it shows on the nose with highly fragrant and earthy characters of dried herbs and tobacco. The Shiraz complements these characters with beautiful sweeter aromatics of ripe red cherries and mint.

Palate
The wine is mid-weighted with bright acidity and heart-warming earthy, savoury characters of dried herb and tar sitting perfectly alongside delicate raspberry and cherry. The tannins are prominent yet fine and mouth coating providing a wonderful framework for the juicy mid-palate. This wine with its mid-weight, savoury nature and firm tannic backbone is truly a nod to the wines of my homeland, Italy.

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

Harvest Date
April 2013

Bottling Date
July 2014

Cellaring
6-10 years
 

2014

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Vintage Note

The 2014 vintage in McLaren Vale was at times a challenging one for all of us in the region. Extremes of weather pushed the grapevines to the limit of their tolerance. And yet at the end of it all while yields are low the wine quality is excellent with great colour and bright, pure fruit flavours. Vintages such as these remind us just how resilient grape vines are.

Winter rains were again very good filling the soil with water ready for the growing season. A very windy spring threw the first challenge for the vines, stunting shoot growth and limiting fruit set at flowering, ultimately reducing yields at harvest. Post November the rains stopped and the ground quickly dried out. This was exacerbated by multiple extreme heat events including one five-day heat wave in January with temperatures over 40C. Thankfully at Mitolo we have access to good irrigation water with the ability to distribute it quickly around the vineyard helping us to survive this period.  And then it rained. On February 14 we received our entire average summer rainfall in one day. The rain was much heavier north of us though with Adelaide recording its sixth wettest day ever of 75mm. Our vineyard received some 40mm giving the vines some much needed reprieve. The rain was followed by quite mild conditions pushing harvest out through March and into early April, giving us time to pick each block at its optimum ripeness.

Our Vermentino and Sagrantino, varieties that come from hot parts of Italy, handled the early heat very well, making bright, fresh varietal wines. Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet began to show signs of stress during the heat but welcomed the rain and extended ‘hang time’ afterwards. These wines have quite amazing deep, bright colour and a lighter touch not dissimilar to 2013. All in all despite the challenges we are quietly confident that the wines from 2014 will be outstanding.

Variety
48% Grenache, 45% Shiraz, 7% Sagrantino

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Intense garnet red

Bouquet
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.

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

Harvest Date
March 2014

Bottling Date
November 2015

Cellaring
6-10 years
 

 

The wine is mid-weighted with bright acidity and heart-warming earthy, savoury characters of dried herb and tar sitting perfectly alongside delicate raspberry and cherry.

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$35.00
/ 2014 Vintage
SKU: 7thSon
Add To Cart
$210.00
/ Case of 6
 
The Seventh Son of the Seventh Son is preordained by his birth right to be endowed with the gifts of second sight, healing and luck. The “Chosen One” is however cursed by the good and evil forces that battle for his eternal soul. 
 
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.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (100% old French Oak) for 18 months. 
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Harvest Date
March 2012
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.4
Bottling Date
January 2014
Residual Sugar
2.4
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
The 2013 vintage was a great one for Mitolo in McLaren Vale, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in recent times. Summer began with mild, but dry conditions, ideal for grape growing, which gave us hope of an outstanding year. The dry conditions continued though, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little tough for the vines. Yields were slightly lower than average and coupled with the very dry, warm weather all varieties ripened very quickly, and all at once! Quite unusually the Shiraz was ripe at the same time as our Vermentino and Sangiovese Rose. This made life a little tricky in the winery, with everyone working extremely hard to manage the rapid intake of fruit. We were given some respite however as the a small amount of rain together with some milder weather caused sugar levels in the fruit to plateau for a couple of weeks allowing us to take a bit more time. Overall the quality of the wines is excellent though. The Jester whites and rose are full of flavour with balancing acidity, and ripe at slightly higher sugar levels than previous years. The reds are deeply coloured with excellent structure. They are not as full in flavour as 2012, with a lighter feel to them that will likely fill out as they age in barrel. This will be remembered as an excellent vintage, perhaps not quite as ‘classically’ good as 2010 or 2012 but certainly up there in that echelon.
Winemaker Notes
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 tiny 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.
Food Pairing Notes
Fagioli al Forno
 
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(20/05/2016 at 3:08 PM)
A fantastic wine just experienced it at the Victory hotel good on you Doug govan!

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