G.A.M. Shiraz

Vibrant, rich and earthy, savoury dusty tannins, long finish.

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Vineyard Notes
The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils, which are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
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. G.A.M. is opulent and robust, with a focus on finesse and multilayered complexity. It exhibits typical Mitolo softness and richness.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for G.A.M. was fermented on skins for 10 days at cool & warm temperatures. The cool temperature assists in making the finished wine more approachable and the warm temperature gives more structure. G.A.M. uses a blend of the two. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation before racking.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
This comforting wine requires equally comforting food, pappardelle with duck ragu.
We love our wine, we love our food, and most of all we love our family. Named after Frank’s three children, Gemma, Alex and Marco, our Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz represents not only family but the beginning of the Mitolo Wines story. It’s the first wine that Frank crafted in 2000 and sits at the heart of the Mitolo story.
 
Colour
Bright, deep, crimson red.
 
Nose
Intense, complex and bright nose of black cherry and blackened cedar wood with complexing dried Mediterranean herbs.
 
Palate
The palate is a true reflection of one of the great vintages of the region with immense yet savoury flavours of vanilla, dark plums and dry, earthy flavours reminiscent of the clay soil from which it is grown. It is superbly balanced with a surprising restraint to the mid-palate despite its bold flavour.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
Vintage
2013
G.A.M. Shiraz

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2000

Vintage Note
McLaren Vale experienced a challenging vintage in 2000. Cool and overcast weather during November and December was conducive to powdery mildew development. Fruit set was marginal in some varieties and hot dry weather in January and February reduced yields of most varieties by up to 40% on the 1999 tonnage. Heavy rainfall in the latter part of February and at regular intervals after this time delayed the onset of fruit maturity and made picking scheduling tricky. Despite the challenging season, there were some excellent parcels of fruit picked from the 2000 vintage. The early picked fruit that missed the rain, and the fruit that remained sound until harvest have made good wines.

Tasting Note
This first release Mitolo wine shows a vibrant deep red colour and displays masses of ripe blackberry fruit intermingled with saddle leather and earthy spice. The palate is dense and well structured with cherries, liquorice and well rounded tannin.

2001

Vintage Note
The 2001 vintage provided the grape growers and winemakers of McLaren Vale with one of their most challenging harvests. Despite some adversity in conditions, the rewards for those with skill and good management were bountiful with some exceptional wine being produced - particularly red wines which are of excellent quality..

Tasting Note
Ripe red/purple. Nutmeg, pepper, blackberries and cassis on the nose leading to an intense cassis, mocha flavoured palate with elegant structure and restrained tannin. Will age well for at least a decade.

2002

Vintage Note
The 2002 vintage in McLaren Vale has produced some exceptional wines despite lower than average yields in many of the vineyards with many winemakers comparing the 2002 vintage with the 1990 and 1998 vintages. The summer was South Australia's coolest on record and allowed for a cooler ripening period for all varieties meaning flavour ripeness was gained at high sugar levels, while good natural acidity was maintained. Shiraz showed intense colour, structured tannins and the flavours and ideal levels of natural acidity.

Tasting Note
Opaque black/purple. The nose shows concentrated blackberry with hints of spice and chocolate. An elegant yet robust palate, showing the Mitolo style softness and richness. Well structured with a concentration of pure plummy fruit. Will age well for at least a decade.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogshead (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will drink well for 8-10 years.

2003

Vintage Note
2003 produced limited quantities of incredibly flavoured and deep coloured fruit, with almost perfect ripening conditions from veraison through to harvest.

Tasting Note
Dark plum colour. Powerful, brooding nose of nutmeg, white-pepper, black cherry and licorice. Full bodied, hints of plum and pepper on the palate, multilayered supple, ripe tannin. Finishes with density and dark chocolate hints.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained French oak (70% new plus 30% one and two year old French/American oak)9

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years

2004

Vintage Note
A longer than usual vintage attributed to cool conditions during ripening which was welcomed by winemakers who reported that red wine quality is extremely good. Shiraz fruit showed full flavour ripeness, excellent colour and tannins, with wines exhibiting great varietal flavours and aromas.

Tasting Note
Bright ruby/purple. Lifted anise, nutmeg and dark fruit on the nose with hints of crushed pepper and mixed spice. A dense and multilayered palate that retains freshness, richness and vibrant

Maturation
18 months in 70% new French (Allies/Nevers) hogshead and barriques plus 30% second use American hogsheads and barriques.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years with careful cellaring.

2005

Vintage Note
After a reasonably wet winter, the vines burst well with good early shoot growth. Mild summer temperatures allowed canopies to be maintained right up until vintage time, with minimal irrigation, which resulted in an excellent and even ripening period. Overall the quality was good particularly for Cabernet and Shiraz.

Tasting Note
A dense ruby/purple colour. It possesses layers of dried spice, coffee, blackcurrant and the wine displays fullness, freshness and seamless oak integration.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogshead (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will drink well for 8 to 10 years.

2006

Vintage Note
A dry winter, followed by heavy rains, in spring, resulted in vines with healthy, balanced canopies on moist soils. A mild, early summer leading into a warmer period during veraison stopped vegetative growth, allowing vines to channel energy into the fruit. Hot weather conditions caused some stress in late summer, with balanced vines showing great resilience and high potential. Winemakers and growers did however observe crops to be 20-30% lower than the 2005 vintage. Reds were very fragrant with good acidity abd length. Shiraz showed excellent quality. Vintage reports courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia

Tasting Note
Keeping well within the tradition of the GAM style the nose displays masses of ripe plums, spicy aromatic herbs and lifted freshness. The palate is slightly tighter than the previous vintages, reflective of the slow and evening growing season. The 06 GAM has provided one of our most cellarworthy wines thus far.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years.

2007

Vintage Note
Unprecedented seasonal conditions have reduced yields to a 30 year low. The 2007 harvest commenced six weeks early. The major seasonal influence on the 2007 crop was the severe drought conditions experienced across much of the country however an episode of rain in mid January improved the situation for many growers by refreshing the vines. Winemakers report that many red varieties bunch numbers were near average, however there were fewer berries per bunch than usual and the berries were small. Quality is thought to be good to excellent. Absence of disease is a primary factor in this outcome. Conditions appear to be more favourable to reds with smaller red berry size traditionally associated with higher quality through intensification of flavour and colour. Courtesy of the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation

Tasting Note
Deep purple, the nose is an intense combination of smoked herbs, liquorice and blackcurrants leading to a full bodied palate with notes of cassis and cracked pepper.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one
and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years.

2008

Vintage Note
Rainfall in late December and late January topped up soil moisture to retain canopy health. Mid-January the temperatures in McLaren Vale were in the 20 degree range most days and these mild conditions persisted into the start of March. Cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. Vintage started in the first week of February, slightly earlier than average, with much of the premium fruit off the vine with high natural acid due to the cool early summer and healthy canopies. The heatwave, which saw a record run of 15 days over 35 degrees, interrupted perfect vintage conditions in McLaren Vale, causing the most condensed harvest in the region’s history. Whilst there were challenges with the sudden ripening, overall 2008 will be a great year for quality..

Variety
100% Shiraz

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Deep cerise with vibrant hues

Bouquet
Notes of black cherry and dark chocolate with leafy espresso and mocha tones.

Palate
Impressive richness and earthiness, showing savoury dusty tannins with intriguing length.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
6th March 2008

Bottling Date
8th Febuary 2009

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years.

2009

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Vintage Note
The growing season began with a wet August followed by a dry spring resulting in an earlier start than normal and strong canopy growth. At Mitolo’s Lopestri vineyard, this strong growth along with sound management techniques and an inherent understanding of the vines allowed the fruit to survive a long spike of heat at the end of January virtually unscathed. Conditions around this heat were actually quite mild; ideal for grape ripening. Shiraz displayed excellent varietal character with naturally balanced acidity.

Variety
100% Shiraz

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Deep, vibrant crimson red

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

Palate
The palate is powerful and extremely focussed with great depth of fruit character that is well framed by fine grain tannin, and drawn together to a long finish by naturally balanced acidity.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 18 months.

Harvest Date
March 2009

Bottling Date
January 2011

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 years.

Ratings
92 Points The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW for Robert Parker
91 Points Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman
5 Star ***** Decanter Magazine
91(+) Points Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Josh Raynolds

2010
 

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Vintage Note
The 2010 vintage in McLaren Vale will be remembered fondly for producing conditions ideal for grape growing and winemaking. After several years of drought, good winter rains led to strong canopy growth in spring, which helped the vines survive an unseasonal spike of heat in November. The rest of the season proved ideal with cool nights and warm days allowing for a long ripening period with excellent acid retention. This long ‘hang time’ led to outstanding and balanced flavour development in Shiraz, with sunny days contributing to excellent tannin development as well.
 
Variety
100% Shiraz
 
Region
McLaren Vale
 
Appearance
Intense deep crimson
 
Bouquet
Brooding fruit profile, black cherry, plum, chocolate and subtle minty herbal characters with strong support from savoury oak notes of malt, cedar, clove which will integrate with time to harmony.
 

Palate
The fruit shines brighter on the palate with blackberry and plum, supported by quality savoury oak flavours of mocha and vanilla. The tannins are soft and the flavours deep and long creating a generosity, a sense of comfort, that is such a feature of this variety in our unique part of the world.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
 
Harvest Date
March 2010
 
Bottling Date
January 2012
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
2012
 
Vintage Note
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
100% Shiraz
 
Region
McLaren Vale
 
Appearance
Intense deep crimson
 
Bouquet
Satsuma plum, raspberry coulis with crushed fresh mint leaf, salted liquorice, subtle Chinese star anise spice, supplemented by smoky, spicy French oak.
 

Palate
Luscious, textured and round palate packed with dark, brooding plum flavours, liquorice, and black olive. The tannins are soft and fine, providing a gentle framework for the deep fruit and creating a generosity, a sense of comfort that is such a feature of Shiraz in our unique part of the world.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
 
Harvest Date
March 2012
 
Bottling Date
October 2014
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
2013
 
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.
 
Variety
100% Shiraz
 
Region
McLaren Vale
 
Appearance
Bright, deep, crimson red
 
Bouquet
Intense, complex and bright nose of black cherry and blackened cedar wood with complexing dried Mediterranean herbs.
 

Palate
The palate is a true reflection of one of the great vintages of the region with immense yet savoury flavours of vanilla, dark plums and dry, earthy flavours reminiscent of the clay soil from which it is grown. It is superbly balanced with a surprising restraint to the mid-palate despite its bold flavour.

Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
 
Harvest Date
March 2013
 
Bottling Date
October 2015
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
 

Vibrant, rich and earthy, savoury dusty tannins, long finish.

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$58.00
/ 2013 Vintage
SKU: Mgam
Add To Cart
$348.00
/ Case of 6
 
We love our wine, we love our food, and most of all we love our family. Named after Frank’s three children, Gemma, Alex and Marco, our Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz represents not only family but the beginning of the Mitolo Wines story. It’s the first wine that Frank crafted in 2000 and sits at the heart of the Mitolo story.
 
Colour
Bright, deep, crimson red.
 
Nose
Intense, complex and bright nose of black cherry and blackened cedar wood with complexing dried Mediterranean herbs.
 
Palate
The palate is a true reflection of one of the great vintages of the region with immense yet savoury flavours of vanilla, dark plums and dry, earthy flavours reminiscent of the clay soil from which it is grown. It is superbly balanced with a surprising restraint to the mid-palate despite its bold flavour.
 
Maturation
Aged in fine grained oak predominantly hogsheads (70% new being a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak plus 30% being one and two year old French/American oak) for 16 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Shiraz
Harvest Date
March 2012
Acid
7.1 g/L
pH
3.5
Bottling Date
October 2014
Residual Sugar
2.6 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils, which are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
Production Notes
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. summer and healthy canopies. The heatwave, which saw a record run of 15 days over 35 degrees, interrupted perfect vintage conditions in McLaren Vale, causing the most condensed harvest in the region’s history. Whilst there were challenges with the sudden ripening, overall 2008 will be a great year for quality.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for G.A.M. was fermented on skins for 10 days at cool & warm temperatures. The cool temperature assists in making the finished wine more approachable and the warm temperature gives more structure. G.A.M. uses a blend of the two. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation before racking.
Food Pairing Notes
This comforting wine requires equally comforting food, pappardelle with duck ragu.
 
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Patrick Edwards
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(14/04/2014 at 10:01 PM)
Thoroughly enjoyed this bottle of wine at Prime in Sydney this week. The balance of fruit, acidity, tannin and oak leads us to believe other wines from this winery will provide similar enjoyment. Very disappointed we are not able to assess their viability for purchase since the cellar door is closed for the year, especially given we are from California.

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