Jester Shiraz

Intense, textured and shows pure fruit flavours.

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SKU: Jshiraz
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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
Intense, textured and showing pure fruit flavours, Jester Shiraz is our baby G.A.M using the same barrels in which G.A.M was previously aged. Jester Shiraz is made to be upfront and approachable for early appreciation, and delivers excellent quality for the price.
Winemaker Notes
The Shiraz fruit for our Jester wine is crushed immediately after being delivered to us at the winery. We allow the skin and juice mix to warm naturally over a period of several days, after which it begins fermentation. The ferment is held cool, to retain the bright primary fruit characters which appear in the resulting wine. Following ferment we carefully press the wine to separate it from the skins.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Bistecca alla Fiorentina cooked over charcoal.
‘Jester’ celebrates the era where boredom was alleviated through humour and the banal through intellect.
 
Colour
Deep, dark red.
 
Nose
Bright, lifted and aromatic, with raspberry, blackberry, and choc mint characters.
 
Palate
Full flavoured and elegant, packed with dark fruit flavours of plum and blackberry, complemented by dark chocolate, liquorice and white pepper spice. Structured and well balanced, with a velvety, savoury finish held taut by silky tannins and clean acidity.
 
Maturation
Aged mainly in 2-4 year old French oak for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
2-6 years.
Vintage
2014
Jester Shiraz

Vintages
Vintage Notes
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
Deep dark red with purple hues. The nose displays a wisp of fine grained French oak with masses of blackberry, violet and spice. The palate displays pepper, spice with cassis and smoke. A well structured wine that will age reliably under Stelvin for the next 6 years.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 5-7 years from date of vintage.

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
Intense bright red with purple hues. The nose displays ripe plummy fruit with a subtle touch of French oak. Ripe blackberry fruit on the palate combines with soft velvety tannins. Well rounded with good length. Will mature under screwcap for 6 years.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 5-7 years from date of vintage.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 12 months.

2004

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

Tasting Note
Deep Purple Colour. The nose shows concentrated blackberry, plum and chocolate aromas with a subtle touch of French oak. The palate displays masses of rich black fruits and dark chocolate that combine with the sweet velvety tannins. Ripe and full bodied this well rounded wine has good structure, intensity and concentration of fruit which lead into a long generous finish.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 5-7 years from date of vintage.

Aging
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 12 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
An animated and bright nose showing flashes of black pepper and stone fruits. Rich and full bodied on the palate with flavours of blackcurrant, anise and mixed spice. The palate is multilayered and finishes with supple tannin.

Cellaring
Will age for 5-7 years from date of vintage.

Aging
Aged for 9 months in oak that is 2nd and 3rd year old which was previously used for aging G.A.M.

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. Shiraz showed excellent quality. Vintage reports courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia

Tasting Note
Dense purple colour and an almost black appearance. Dark chocolate, anise and allspice dominate the nose, supported by hints of French oak, cherries and coffee. A fresh and juicy mid-palate shrouds tannin and length. The wine has flavours of fresh cut plums and licorice with hints of blackberry and espresso. A long and lingering finish.

Cellaring
Will cellar well for 6 to 8 years from date of vintage.

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

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 cherry jube in colour, the 2007 Jester Shiraz continues to show bright, vibrant, rich fruit. A revelation of blue and black berries, there is mocha and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate exhibits focused, genuine fruit and subtle, yet structured, tannins support a velvety elongated finish.

Cellaring
Will cellar well for 6 to 8 years from date of vintage.

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. A 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.

Colour
Dark vermillion and vibrant hues

Nose
Intense aromas of blackcurrant and dark fruit notes with hints of coffee and aniseed

Palate
Ripe, supple tannins and fragrant herbal notes support a restrained density and generous finish.

Harvest Date
11th March 2008

Bottling Date
27th January 2010

Cellaring
Will cellar well for 6 to 8 years  from date of vintage.

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. This had adverse affect on fruit with little canopy protection, but not our fruit where the canopy growth is always strong thanks to the clay soil. Following this, cool, dry conditions during berry ripening in most of the district were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. Shiraz excelled, showing strong varietal characters, full bodied, balanced palate weight and an amazing perfume.

Colour
Opaque dark crimson colour with deep black crimson hue

Nose
Blackberry, liquorice and dark plums

Palate
Displays abundant flavours of liquorice, blackberry and dark fruits. Exceptional balance, refinement and generousity of flavour.

Harvest Date
4th March 2009

Bottling Date
17th January 2010

Cellaring
Will cellar well for 6 to 8 years from date of vintage.

Ratings
100 Best Australian Wines 2011, Matthew Jukes
94 points - James Halliday
90 points - Stephen Tanzer

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

2010

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Vintage Note
In 2010, 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
Deep garnet red with purple hues

Nose
Blackberry, liquorice and dark plums

Palate
Spicy, dark and brooding blackberry fruits with powerful anise and sarsaparilla flavours. Also hints of cocoa and mocha.

Harvest Date
10th March 2010

Ageing
Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 18 months

Bottling Date
15th November 2011

Cellaring
Will cellar well for 4 to 8 years from date of vintage.

Ratings
89 points - James Halliday

 

2011

Vintage Note
The 2011 vintage in McLaren Vale was much cooler than average. 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 our Jester Shiraz vineyards sound vineyard management including shoot thinning early in the season and bunch thinning at veraison, allowed for better air flow through the canopy. Combined with a constant sea breeze throughout the ripening period, this eliminated any threat of disease, allowing us to harvest the fruit at optimal ripeness.

Colour
Bright crimson

Nose
The nose is a true reflection of a cooler year in McLaren vale with cranberry, blueberry, a hint of cracked black pepper, and quality spicy oak.

Palate
Medium to full bodied, again a reflection of a cooler year with bright flavours of red berries, subtle herbal character and an overall savoury quality to the finish, perfect for food.

Harvest Date
Late March 2011

Bottling Date
January 2013

Cellaring
2-6 years.

Aging
Aged in French oak (10% new) for 18 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. A significant rainfall event at the end of February provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.

Colour
Dark red.

Nose
Darker quite brooding fruit profile of plum, black currant and olive, with a slight herbal lift.

Palate
Full flavoured, soft and generous with dark fruit flavours of plum and blackberry. Bright acidity gives the wine a great energy, a real hallmark of this vintage, and leads to a long, savoury finish.

Harvest Date
March 2012.

Bottling Date
November 2013.

Cellaring
2-6 years.

Aging
Aged in French oak (10% new) for 18 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, dark red.

Nose
Pure and unobstructed by new oak, the nose is lifted with dark fruit flavours of blackberry, choc-mint, and anise. Dustings of white pepper spice, vanilla, and black olive tapenade provide an intriguing savoury counterpoint to the more primary fruit characters.

Palate
The palate is concentrated with a luscious rolling texture and packed with fresh blackberry, dark chocolate and liquorice flavours. The wine is juicy and plush with silky tannins that linger, providing a drying, savoury finish.

Harvest Date
March 2013.

Bottling Date
October 2014.

Cellaring
2-6 years.

Aging
Aged in used French oak for 18 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, dark red.

Nose
Bright, lifted and aromatic, with raspberry, blackberry, and choc mint characters.

Palate
Full flavoured and elegant, packed with dark fruit flavours of plum and blackberry, complemented by dark chocolate, liquorice and white pepper spice. Structured and well balanced, with a velvety, savoury finish held taut by silky tannins and clean acidity.

Harvest Date
March 2014.

Bottling Date
January 2016.

Cellaring
2-6 years.

Aging
Aged in used French oak for 18 months.

 

Intense, textured and shows pure fruit flavours.

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Add To Cart
$25.00
/ 2014 Vintage
SKU: Jshiraz
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, dark red.
 
Nose
Bright, lifted and aromatic, with raspberry, blackberry, and choc mint characters.
 
Palate
Full flavoured and elegant, packed with dark fruit flavours of plum and blackberry, complemented by dark chocolate, liquorice and white pepper spice. Structured and well balanced, with a velvety, savoury finish held taut by silky tannins and clean acidity.
 
Maturation
Aged mainly in 2-4 year old French oak for 18 months.
 
Cellaring
2-6 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Shiraz
Harvest Date
March 2013
Acid
6.5 g/L
pH
3.5
Bottling Date
October 2014
Residual Sugar
2.9 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. It's important for vines to feel stressed to create deep flavours but we were walking a thin line at this stage. The yields were slightly lower than average and coupled with the very dry, warm, stressful conditions all varieties ripened very quickly, and all at once! 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
The Shiraz fruit for our Jester wine is crushed immediately after being delivered to us at the winery. We allow the skin and juice mix to warm naturally over a period of several days, after which it begins fermentation. The ferment is held cool, to retain the bright primary fruit characters which appear in the resulting wine. Following ferment we carefully press the wine to separate it from the skins.
Food Pairing Notes
Bistecca alla Fiorentina cooked over charcoal.
 
Product Reviews
Hugh Forestier-Walker's Gravatar
Hugh Forestier-Walker
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(13/12/2014 at 5:25 AM)
Just tasting and drinking a bottle of 2007 Shiraz. Just great! Sweet on the pallet. Nice Oak on the nose with a very good length. See www.Minola.co.uk

scotty's Gravatar
scotty
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(13/05/2015 at 9:59 AM)
OMG!! This is incredible and may just be my new favorite. I had some leftover pizza which pared well with this wine. But its defitinely bold enough to go with even more savory dishes. Great aroma, juicy and smooth with a deep ruby color. Excellence!!

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