Cantiniere Shiraz

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Vineyard Notes
Cantiniere, or the Cellar Master in Italian, is a tribute to a prized blend of our finest barrels from two very distinct single vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, both only kilometres from the cooling breezes of the Gulf St Vincent. Firstly, Sandra’s Block in Willunga from Christies Beach Formation of alluvial fan clay, sand and gravel. A free draining soil, it delivers Shiraz of great purity and brightness, with pretty violet notes and chewy tannins that drive the length of the palate. This is in contrast to The Chinese Block lying over Black Biscay Clay, a dark dense cracking soil that delivers an opulent and brooding style of Shiraz, of rich black fruits, olive tapenade , spice and juiciness on the palate. Together they form a seamless, harmonious and unique interpretation of the south western pocket of McLaren Vale. Only 500 cases were made.
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.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Tagliatelle with lamb, mint and broad bean ragu.
The Cantiniere, or cellar master, tended to the wine casks of the affluent families of old Italy. He knew each cask intimately, so that he could choose the best wine for each occasion. Our Cantiniere is a true barrel selection blend, carefully chosen by myself from some of my favourite barrels of the vintage. - Frank Mitolo
 
Colour
Deep, crimson red.
 
Nose
Fragrant, spicy and opulent on the nose with an aromatic red cherry lift.
 
Palate

Full flavoured with dark fruit characteristics, notes of blackberry, plum and bitter dark chocolate prevail. Vibrant and earthy with soft, silky tannins that lead to a long, savoury finish.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (10% new: 90% old French Oak) for 14 months. 
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vintage
2014
Cantiniere Shiraz

Vintages
Vintage Notes
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
100% Shiraz

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Bright crimson.

Bouquet
Fragrant, spicy and opulent on the nose with an aromatic red cherry lift.

Palate

Full flavoured with dark fruit characteristics, notes of blackberry, plum and bitter dark chocolate prevail. Vibrant and earthy with soft, silky tannins that lead to a long, savoury finish.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (10% new: 90% old French Oak) for 14 months. 

Harvest Date
March 2014

Bottling Date
June 2016

Cellaring
6-10 years
 

 

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Add To Cart
$68.00
 
SKU: CANTINIERE
Add To Cart
$408.00
/ Case of 6
 
The Cantiniere, or cellar master, tended to the wine casks of the affluent families of old Italy. He knew each cask intimately, so that he could choose the best wine for each occasion. Our Cantiniere is a true barrel selection blend, carefully chosen by myself from some of my favourite barrels of the vintage. - Frank Mitolo
 
Colour
Deep, crimson red.
 
Nose
Fragrant, spicy and opulent on the nose with an aromatic red cherry lift.
 
Palate

Full flavoured with dark fruit characteristics, notes of blackberry, plum and bitter dark chocolate prevail. Vibrant and earthy with soft, silky tannins that lead to a long, savoury finish.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (10% new: 90% old French Oak) for 14 months. 
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Shiraz
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Cantiniere, or the Cellar Master in Italian, is a tribute to a prized blend of our finest barrels from two very distinct single vineyard sites in McLaren Vale, both only kilometres from the cooling breezes of the Gulf St Vincent. Firstly, Sandra’s Block in Willunga from Christies Beach Formation of alluvial fan clay, sand and gravel. A free draining soil, it delivers Shiraz of great purity and brightness, with pretty violet notes and chewy tannins that drive the length of the palate. This is in contrast to The Chinese Block lying over Black Biscay Clay, a dark dense cracking soil that delivers an opulent and brooding style of Shiraz, of rich black fruits, olive tapenade , spice and juiciness on the palate. Together they form a seamless, harmonious and unique interpretation of the south western pocket of McLaren Vale. Only 500 cases were made.
Food Pairing Notes
Tagliatelle with lamb, mint and broad bean ragu.
 
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