Jester Vermentino

Pure, bright, light and packed with tropical and citrus blossom flavour with balanced refreshing acidity.

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SKU: Jvermentino
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Vineyard Notes
The Vermentino vineyard is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, about 5km east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation bedrock. This combination promotes strong growth in spring but in summer is dry and unforgiving creating stress for the vines which leads to intense flavour. Sea breezes and gully winds help to cool the warm summer days giving ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance.
Style
Jester Vermentino is crisp, pure and fresh. The grapes are ripe at low sugar levels, which results in low alcohol wine giving a lightness to the palate.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes are hand-picked in the morning, then transported to the winery where they are allowed to cool overnight. First thing the following day the fruit is destemmed, crushed and pressed gently, leading to a lovely flavoured and fine juice. The juice is held cool for five days then racked and fermented using an Alsace yeast clone. Fermentation proceeds at very cool temperature (~10°C) for up to two weeks capturing the delicate fruit characters. Once ferment is complete the wine is stabilised and filtered before being bottled.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Crispy sardines with lemon and mint served with a radicchio and rocket salad.
Vermentino's name is derived from the French court of Philip the Good of Burgundy, Madame d'Or, served as a fool in the 1400's. The belief in medieval days that buffoonery was one of few professions open to women is dispelled by this beautiful golden haired dwarf Jester. She was often described as pugnacious and outspoken conversely she possessed an exquisite voice and a devotion to music and dance. As she was openly favoured by Queen Isabella, Madame d'Or wore only the finest tailored attire, most notably a long dress of green Kendal woollen cloth.
 
Colour

Clean, bright straw

Nose

Lifted, powerful perfume of citrus leaf, apple blossom and guava.

Palate

Mouth filling and zesty, flavours of grapefruit citrus, green apple and lime are heightened by refreshing acidity. A hint of chalkiness to the texture provides a dry finish that works beautifully with seafood.

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh.
Vintage
2016
Jester Vermentino

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2010

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. 

Nose
Fresh lifted fruit, with notes of melon and citrus and a slightly spiced edge.

Palate
Classic minerality and texture is complemented by refreshing balanced
acidity rounding out to an elongated finish

Harvest Date
21st February 2010

Bottling Date
13th April 2010

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

2011

Vintage Note
Vintage 2011 was the first cool vintage for several years. A mild summer followed by early February rain resulted in late veraison and delayed fruit ripening. The region faced unusually high disease pressure due to the wet conditions. In the Mitolo's Lopresti vineyards sound canopy management, which included shoot thinning early in the season and bunch thinning at veraison, allowed for enhanced air flow eliminating the threat of disease. The mild conditions led to a prolonged ripening period creating intense varietal flavours in all varieties. These intense flavours appeared at lower sugar levels than previous vintages and were coupled with naturally balanced acidity. This was ideal for the earlier picked Vermentino which was harvested in early March with powerful varietal character balanced with natural acidity.

Colour
Pallid straw yellow, with light green inflection

Nose
Fresh lifted fruit, with notes of melon and citrus and a slightly spiced edge

Palate
Classic minerality and texture is complemented by refreshing balanced acidity rounding out to an elongated finish

Harvest Date
17th March 2011

Bottling Date
18th May 2011

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

Ratings
90 points - Wine & Spirits
89 points - Wine Spectator
89 points - James Halliday

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. These ideal conditions and low yields led to fruit ripening four weeks earlier than the previous year. Natural acidity remained high however, particularly in the Vermentino. The grapes were ripe at slightly higher sugar levels than we had seen in the previous two versions of this wine, allowing us to hang them out slightly longer on the vine leading to a deeper flavoured palate.

Colour
Pale straw, delicate

Nose
Bursting with passionfruit and lemon blossom floral flavours in its youth the wine will develop to be more savoury, with citrus, hay and crushed herbs as it ages

Palate
Fresh, ultra clean and slightly nervy with great acidity the palate has more power than previous versions thanks to the great vintage and maturing vineyard

Harvest Date
12th February 2012

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

2013

Vintage Note

The 2013 vintage was another 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 ripening, 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, hot weather all varieties ripened very quickly, and all at once! The Vermentino however, with its thick skins and good heat tolerance, revelled in the conditions producing fruit full of bright, fresh flavours albeit at slightly higher sugar levels than we had seen in previous years.

Colour
Pale straw, delicate

Nose
Lifted, powerful perfume of apple blossom, guava, passionfruit, with more subtle herbal and lemon verbena like aromatics playing a smaller role

Palate

The palate has fresh, bright and mouth filling flavours of lemon sherbet, lemongrass with tropical fruit edge. The initial burst of luscious fresh flavours balanced by drying acidity and subtle structural element making this an ideal food wine.

Harvest Date
21st February 2013

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

2014

Vintage Note

The 2014 vintage in McLaren Vale was at times a challenging one. Extremes of weather pushed the grapevines to the limit of their tolerance. But in the end the quality of the wines looks outstanding, demonstrating just how hardy grapevines are. Winter rains were very good filling the soil with water ready for the growing season. A windy spring affected 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. And then it rained. On February 14 we received 40mm in one day, almost our entire average summer rainfall, giving the vines much needed reprieve. The Vermentino grapes handled the heat with aplomb, the thick skins protecting the delicate juice from the searing sun.

Colour
Pale straw, delicate

Nose

Delightfully pure and enticingly powerful tropical characters of passionfruit and lychee are complemented by more savoury lemongrass and lime zest. Underlying these inviting fruit characters a subtle wet slate like character adds a captivating complexity.

Palate

The palate is fresh with delicious crunchy granny smith apple like acidity, and despite being delicate, fills the entire mouth with flavours of tropical fruits and citrus. A hint of chalkiness to the texture provides an intriguing drying sensation that works beautifully with seafood.

Harvest Date
February 2014

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

2015

Vintage Note

The 2015 vintage in McLaren Vale will be remembered as one of the earliest and most condensed in history thanks largely to a dry and warm growing season. July rainfall was outstanding with big falls setting up what we thought would be an easy growing season. But the tap was turned off and the rain dried up markedly culminating in some of the driest and warmest spring months on record. The dry weather continued over summer and although we were able to irrigate to keep the vines happy there is nothing quite like real rain to feed their requirements. The dry and warm conditions pushed the vines through their lifecycle at a rapid pace resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record and all varieties ripening at once. The hardy Vermentino grapes with their thick skins endured this challenge with relative ease and thanks to the relatively mild conditions over the second half of January and early February produced amazing ripe flavours.

Colour
Clean, bright straw

Nose

The aromatics are all about freshness and purity with powerful pithy, lemon citrus characters and more subtle tropical notes of melon and pungent papaya.

Palate

Clean, grapefruit citrus flavours dominate with tropical undertones of melon. The palate is bright and fresh with a savoury, saline edge yet still a lovely soft, mouth filling quality and the faintest dusting of chalky structure that makes it the perfect wine to compliment salty seafood dishes.

Harvest Date
February 2015

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

2016

Vintage Note
At this early stage the 2016 vintage looks set to become one of the better vintages of recent times. Early signs certainly didn’t point to this outcome though with trying conditions pushing the vines and our growers, the Lopresti family, to their limit.

The rain kicked in nicely post harvest with quite a wet and cool autumn. However the tap dried up and winter and all of spring were very dry, and at times very warm. We recorded the hottest October and one of the hottest December hot spells in history. Combined with the dry conditions, this heat pushed the vines through their lifecycle at a rapid pace and we were on track for the earliest vintage ever.

There were two factors though that rescued the year and ended up producing some of the finest fruit in recent times. Firstly, crops were up significantly from the previous few years, to a level that the vines were in a healthy balance. Secondly, we received our almost predictable tropical rain to break the summer (and heat) at the end of January. This freshened the fruit, relieving the vines from many months of heat and dry. This rain was followed by an elongated period of sunny, mild, dry days and cool nights allowing the fruit to hang for many more weeks than anticipated. This slow end to the ripening allowed us to harvest the varieties all at precisely the right time, at the peak of ripeness, and at moderate sugar levels.

The resulting wines are beautifully fragrant and fresh, with bright colours from high natural acidity. Our robust reds, Shiraz and Cabernet, have incredible brightness of flavour and a velvety structure, all at moderate alcohol levels. The Vermentino and Sangiovese Rosé are bright and freshly flavoured with a tightness rarely seen in McLaren vale for these wine styles. We have high hopes the wines from 2016 will be long-lived and a benchmark for what the region can achieve when the conditions are favourable.

Colour
Clean, bright straw

Nose
Lifted, powerful perfume of citrus leaf, apple blossom and guava.

Palate
Mouth filling and zesty, flavours of grapefruit citrus, green apple and lime are heightened by refreshing acidity. A hint of chalkiness to the texture provides a dry finish that works beautifully with seafood.

Harvest Date
March 2016

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh

 

Pure, bright, light and packed with tropical and citrus blossom flavour with balanced refreshing acidity.

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Add To Cart
$22.00
/ 2016 Vintage
SKU: Jvermentino
Add To Cart
$264.00
/ Case of 12
 
Vermentino's name is derived from the French court of Philip the Good of Burgundy, Madame d'Or, served as a fool in the 1400's. The belief in medieval days that buffoonery was one of few professions open to women is dispelled by this beautiful golden haired dwarf Jester. She was often described as pugnacious and outspoken conversely she possessed an exquisite voice and a devotion to music and dance. As she was openly favoured by Queen Isabella, Madame d'Or wore only the finest tailored attire, most notably a long dress of green Kendal woollen cloth.
 
Colour

Clean, bright straw

Nose

Lifted, powerful perfume of citrus leaf, apple blossom and guava.

Palate

Mouth filling and zesty, flavours of grapefruit citrus, green apple and lime are heightened by refreshing acidity. A hint of chalkiness to the texture provides a dry finish that works beautifully with seafood.

Cellaring
Drink young and fresh.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Vermentino
Harvest Date
February 2015
Acid
6.3 g/L
pH
3.31
Bottling Date
May 2015
Residual Sugar
1.5 g/L
Alcohol %
11.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Vermentino vineyard is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, about 5km east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation bedrock. This combination promotes strong growth in spring but in summer is dry and unforgiving creating stress for the vines which leads to intense flavour. Sea breezes and gully winds help to cool the warm summer days giving ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance.
Production Notes
The 2015 vintage in McLaren Vale will be remembered as one of the earliest and most condensed in history thanks largely to a dry and warm growing season. July rainfall was outstanding with big falls setting up what we thought would be an easy growing season. But the tap was turned off and the rain dried up markedly culminating in some of the driest and warmest spring months on record. The dry weather continued over summer and although we were able to irrigate to keep the vines happy there is nothing quite like real rain to feed their requirements. The dry and warm conditions pushed the vines through their lifecycle at a rapid pace resulting in one of the earliest harvests on record and all varieties ripening at once. The hardy Vermentino grapes with their thick skins endured this challenge with relative ease and thanks to the relatively mild conditions over the second half of January and early February produced amazing ripe flavours.
Winemaker Notes
The grapes are hand-picked in the morning, then transported to the winery where they are allowed to cool overnight. First thing the following day the fruit is destemmed, crushed and pressed gently, leading to a lovely flavoured and fine juice. The juice is held cool for five days then racked and fermented using an Alsace yeast clone. Fermentation proceeds at very cool temperature (~10°C) for up to two weeks capturing the delicate fruit characters. Once ferment is complete the wine is stabilised and filtered before being bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Crispy sardines with lemon and mint served with a radicchio and rocket salad.
 
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