Jester Cabernet Sauvignon

Bright, lush and juicy, mouth-filling richness, resulting from 20% dried Cabernet fruit (Amarone method.)

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Vineyard Notes
The vineyards are in the Willunga district in the southern end of McLaren Vale. The heavy grey loam soil over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with a maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
Style
Bright, lush and juicy, Jester Cabernet Sauvignon shows a full bodied palate and mouth filling richness. 20% of the fruit has been handled in the Amarone manner- this technique of drying fruit adds complexity and fullness and produces soft juicy tannins. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable for early appreciation, delivering excellent quality for the price.
Winemaker Notes
20% of the grapes are left on 10kg drying racks for 6 weeks, in the traditional Amarone manner, to concentrate flavour. The fruit is then fermented on skins for 6 days, at cool temperatures, to enhance pure berry fruit. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation. Natural malolactic fermentation occurred before the wine was racked.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Osso Bucco

‘Jester’ celebrates the era where boredom was alleviated through humour and the banal through intellect.

Colour

Deep garnet red

Nose

Bright and fresh with signature Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of red capsicum, menthol, violet and mixed herbs.

Palate

Full bodied and mouth filling with juicy red cherry, blackcurrant and cassis, intertwined with savoury dark chocolate and tobacco. The Amarone component adds to a textured finish with great length and savoury tannins.

Maturation
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.
 
Cellaring
2-6 years.
Vintage
2014
Jester Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2004

Vintage Note
A longer than usual vintage attributed to cool conditions during ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon reached full flavour ripeness, excellent colour, and tannin with wines exhibiting great varietal flavours and aromas.

Tasting Note
This wine has a beautiful fragrance of cassis, blackberry, mulberry and plum aromas. The palate is rich and robust with excellent concentration, complex fruit and integrated oak. There is loads of dark fruits on offer with hints of earth and mocha. The soft and supple tannins lead in to a long finish.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 5-8 years from date of vintage.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

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
Almost black in colour with a purple hue. A lifted and herbaceous nose with hints of ripe plums and nutmeg. The palate is somewhat restrained yet shows generosity of fruit. The amarone component of the blend (20%) provides mid palate depth and savoury complexity.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 5-8 years from date of vintage.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year French oak for 9 months.

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 of veraison stopped vegetative growth, allowing vines to channel energy into fruit. The reds were very fragrant with good acidity and length. Vintage reports courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia

Tasting Note
Vibrant brick red colour with purple hues. Nose shows Hints of nutmeg, crushed leaves and tar with lifted brambly fruit and cloves. Blackcurrant and cassis notes add freshness with the Amarone component adding chocolate and espresso characters. Rich and full-bodied palate, however, maintains a firm structure. Long chain tannin rounds out the palate, providing an elegant wine that tastes of dark berry fruits intermingled with spice and cedar.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak, which was previously used for ageing Serpico, for 9 months.

Cellaring
Will continue to evolve for 4-6 years in bottle.

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
Lifted peppery spice leads into an herbaceous mix of blackberries, currants and cloves. The partial Amarone method produces hints of liquorice, tar and leather whilst remaining fresh and vibrant. The youthful tannin structure will evolve over the next few years to become soft, supple and smooth.

Cellaring
Will continue to evolve for 4-6 years in bottle.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

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°c 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. e heatwave, which saw a record run of 15 days over 35°c, 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.

Tasting Note
Deep crimson, with brick red hues. the 2008 Jester Cabernet shows liquorice, nutmeg and cassis notes which provide a lift to the subtle hints of French oak. Well rounded on the palate, the firm tannins are complemented by nuances of chocolate, blackcurrant and earth.

Cellaring
Will continue to evolve for 4-6 years in bottle.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

2009

Vintage Note
A thirteen day heat wave in late January and early February saw the 2009 Vintage begin in first week of February. After this, cool, dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. Cabernet Sauvignon excelled, showing strong varietal characters, full bodied, balanced palate weight and an amazing perfume.

Colour
Bright with vibrant red brick hues.

Nose
Complex aromas of red fruits, intermixed with dried flowers and herbs with nuances of cut plums, spice and liquorice adding depth of character.

Palate
Rich with firm long tannins. Vibrant fruit fills the palate which rounds out to retain focus and reshness

Harvest Date
13th March 2009

Bottling Date
1st Febuary 2010

Cellaring
Medium term cellaring of 3 to 5 years will enhance the depth and personality of the wine

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

2010

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Vintage Note
McLaren Vale experienced a mild growing season with ideal conditions for budburst and flowering. Most inland regions had a reduction in set due to a burst of heat in November however in McLaren Vale, due to it’s proximity to the ocean, the effects were nullified. Good early season rainfall contributed to the already rejuvenated water table and the fruit ripened evenly without any heat stress. Cool nights and mild days allowed good acid maintenance, keeping the fruit bright and flavoursome but above all, balanced.

Colour
Dense purple

Nose
Masses of blueberries, cassis and leather with intense aromas of coffee and mocha.

Palate
Spicy lifted and pure, 2010 vintage has a 20% amarone component which adds juicy savoury tannins, richness and elongated length.

Harvest Date
13 Febuary 2010

Bottling Date
17th January 2011

Cellaring
Medium term cellaring of 3 to 5 years will enhance the depth and personality of the wine

Ratings
94 points - James Halliday

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

2011

Vintage Note
The 2011 vintage in McLaren Vale was much cooler than the average year. Summer was mild and quite wet which resulted in delayed fruit ripening. The cool, wet conditions led to unusually high disease pressure in the whole region. In the Mitolo Lopresti vineyards, sound canopy management including shoot thinning early in the season and bunch thinning at veraison, allowed for better air flow reducing the threat of disease.  Cabernet fared well in the trying conditions, its naturally thick skins further protecting the fruit from disease and allowing it to ripen fully to produce outstanding wine.

Colour
Bright garnet red

Nose
Pretty, lifted nose showing fresher characters of a cooler year: anise, sage and tobacco leaf herbals along with raspberry and cherry red fruits.

Palate
Medium weight again a reflection of a cooler year with delicate flavours of red berries, cassis, liquorice and dried herbs. The structure is slightly more savoury than normal which will suit food nicely.

Harvest Date
Late March 2011

Bottling Date
January 2012

Cellaring
Medium term cellaring of 2 to 3 years will enhance the depth and personality of the wine

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

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.

Colour
Deep and vibrant garnet red

Nose
Bright and fresh cassis, violet with typical tobacco leaf and minty herbals

Palate
Full bodied, bright flavours of red cherry, cassis complemented by more savoury dark chocolate, dusty tobacco and dried herb with tight, bright acidity and a soft framework of tannin albeit a grainy textured finish thanks to the dried fruit portion

Harvest Date
Mid March 2012

Bottling Date
January 2013

Cellaring
2-6 years

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months

2013

Vintage Note
The 2013 vintage was a great one for us, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent tannin structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in these recent dry years. Summer was quite mild and dry to begin. The dry conditions then continued, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little stressful for the vines. 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.

Colour
Deep garnet red.

Nose
Lifted, fresh and undeniably varietal characters of violets and blackcurrant with underlying herbal notes of green capsicum and mint.

Palate
Fresh, bright, youthful and full of vitality, the wine is bursting with red berry and cassis flavours. It’s medium to full bodied with a velvety, plush mid palate, yet finishes quite dry, with nervy acidity and a savoury grip that works beautifully with food.

Harvest Date
March 2013

Bottling Date
November 2014

Cellaring
2-6 years

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

2014

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.

Colour
Deep garnet red.

Nose
Bright and fresh with signature Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of red capsicum, menthol, violet and mixed herbs.

Palate
Full bodied and mouth filling with juicy red cherry, blackcurrant and cassis, intertwined with savoury dark chocolate and tobacco. The Amarone component adds to a textured finish with great length and savoury tannins.

Harvest Date
March 2014

Bottling Date
January 2016

Cellaring
2-6 years

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.

 

Bright, lush and juicy, mouth-filling richness, resulting from 20% dried Cabernet fruit (Amarone method.)

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$25.00
/ 2014 Vintage
SKU: Jcabernet
Add To Cart
$300.00
/ Case of 12
 

‘Jester’ celebrates the era where boredom was alleviated through humour and the banal through intellect.

Colour

Deep garnet red

Nose

Bright and fresh with signature Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of red capsicum, menthol, violet and mixed herbs.

Palate

Full bodied and mouth filling with juicy red cherry, blackcurrant and cassis, intertwined with savoury dark chocolate and tobacco. The Amarone component adds to a textured finish with great length and savoury tannins.

Maturation
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months.
 
Cellaring
2-6 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
March 2013
Acid
7.1 g/L
pH
3.5
Bottling Date
November 2014
Residual Sugar
2.5 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The vineyards are in the Willunga district in the southern end of McLaren Vale. The heavy grey loam soil over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with a maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
Production Notes
The 2013 vintage was a great one for us, producing outstanding wines full of bright, fresh flavour and excellent tannin structure. Winter rains were excellent and we began the season with soils at full water capacity, a rare event in these recent dry years. Summer was quite mild and dry to begin. The dry conditions then continued, and coupled with a small spike of heat in the second half of February made life a little stressful for the vines. 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.
Winemaker Notes
20% of the grapes are left on 10kg drying racks for 6 weeks, in the traditional Amarone manner, to concentrate flavour. The fruit is then fermented on skins for 6 days, at cool temperatures, to enhance pure berry fruit. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation. Natural malolactic fermentation occurred before the wine was racked.
Food Pairing Notes
Osso Bucco
 
Product Reviews
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Mariano Retana
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(22/06/2014 at 2:11 PM)
I have this good red with a ribeye and topsirloin steak and sparragus grilled and roasted corn in a cob. Before that a good roquefor cheese with crackers. For dessert a nice fresh strawberry mixed with cream and sugar. Sweet!!!!

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