Savitar Shiraz

Rich, layered, powerful, complex, elegant.

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Vineyard Notes
The Savitar Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Parcels of fruit from vines averaging 30 years of age are grown on rocky, skeletal soils in the northeast part of the vineyard. The fruit, which is handpicked typically yields only 1.5 tonnes per acre.
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. Savitar, the flagship Mitolo Shiraz, is powerful yet elegant, opulent, brooding and intense.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for Savitar was fermented on skins for 15 days at 28-32°C to soften the skins and release the juice. A slightly longer period on skins ensures a tighter overall structure. The wine is then pressed, and undergoes partial barrel fermentation, followed by a natural malolactic fermentation, before racking.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Serious wine for special occasions. Try Italian lasagna, Vincisgrassi.
The name ‘Savitar’ refers to a mythical dragon-like monster. Like all of the single vineyard wines, each name is given a lot of thought to best represent what’s inside the bottle. With the name Savitar, Frank wanted to convey not only the beauty of the wine, but it’s power, and finding a balance between the two. The wine is powerful and full flavoured with bold, upfront fruit but at the same time shows constraint with layers of soft tannin and acid structure that signify elegance, complexity and purity.
 
‘Sui magna cauda caeli astra verrit eaque ad terram jecit’
 
‘His great tail swept the stars from the sky and flung them to earth’
 
Colour
Impenetrable garnet red
 
Nose
Immense lift, the aromatics are an incredibly intense amalgam of blackcurrant, menthol, liquorice and cedar oak.
 
Palate
The palate shows a hugely complex flavour profile befitting of its pedigree with characters of black fruits, dried herbs, and earthy tones of liquorice and leather just beginning to appear. The overall impression is quite a savoury one though, with a beautiful, drying structure, and again a restraint to the mid-palate that defies the big flavours.
 
Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 18 months.
 
Cellaring
8-12 years.
Vintage
2013
Savitar Shiraz

Vintages
Vintage Notes
2001

Vintage 2001
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
Remarkably vibrant black/ruby. The nose is huge yet well restrained. Layers of chocolate, mocha and spice. Hints of cherry and subtle oak. The palate is rich and brooding. The soft tannin belies the power of the wine. Flavours of cassis, pepper and cloves and a massive finish. Will age gracefully for at least 15 years.

Cellaring
Will age gracefully for at least 15 years.

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
Deep ruby/purple. Sweet, attractive nose of briary fruit, cassis, minerals, liquorice & cigar box. Multifaceted palate with rich ripe plummy fruit of tremendous intensity, bonded together with soft tannins and elegant flavours. Will age gracefully for at least 15 years.

Cellaring
Will age gracefully for at least 15 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
Dark blood plum characters on the nose intermingled with cloves and blackcurrant. A restrained and tightly structured palate that will benefit from a few years in the cellar.

Maturation
18 months in 100% new medium to light toasted Alleier/Nevers barriques and hogsheads.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 15 years.

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
As always, Savitar 06 is the most brooding wine of the lineup. A dark red with a vibrant purple hue, the aromatics are bright, elevated combinations of cassis, tobacco and spice-box yet with freshness and vitality. The palate is full bodied, meaty and complex – well integrated oak and tannin provide elements of structure to the wine and it finishes with impressive length.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Allier/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 cooperes are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 10 to 15 years with careful cellaring.

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 verasion 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. Vintage reports courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia

Tasting Note
As always, Savitar 06 is the most brooding wine of the lineup. A dark red with a vibrant purple hue, the aromatics are bright, elevated combinations of cassis, tobacco and spice-box yet with freshness and vitality. The palate is full bodied, meaty and complex – well integrated oak and tannin provide elements of structure to the wine and it finishes with impressive length.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak reime.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 15 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
Opaque black showing aromas of camphor and cassis mixed with cracked pepper, truffles and earth. Rich layered mouth feel, full bodied and rich whilst maintaining admirable precision.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 15 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 degrees 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
Intense garnet/plum.

Bouquet
Smoky overtones with mixed spice and dark plums on the nose.

Palate
The palate is tightly wound and yet multilayered, with supple tannins providing generosity and bright fruit providing depth.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months.A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime..

Harvest Date
13th March 2008

Bottling Date
9th Febuary 2010

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 15 years.

2009

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 Lopresti 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 relatively unscathed. Conditions around this heat were actually quite mild; ideal for grape ripening. Shiraz displayed excellent and deep varietal character with naturally balanced acidity.

Variety
100% Shiraz

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Intense garnet/plum.

Bouquet
Dark, brooding plum and blackberry fruit with a decent lick of smoky, spicy oak

Palate
Rich and opulent the palate is an attack on the senses, yet framed perfectly by encompassing but silky tannins. There are layers of dark brooding blackberry fruit supported by spicy, toasty oak.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 18 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
March 2009

Bottling Date
Febuary 2011

Cellaring
Will age reliably for 15 years.

Ratings
93+ -Points The Wine Advocate
93 Points - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
 

2010

Vintage Note
Sandwiched in between years of drought and flooding rain, the 2010 vintage in McLaren Vale will be remembered fondly for producing near perfect grape growing conditions. Good winter rains in 2009 broke a long drought leading to flourishing canopies in the spring. An unseasonal spike of heat in November did have us fearing another hot vintage but we need not have worried as the rest of the season proved ideal with cool nights and dry, warm days. Fruit ripened slowly and evenly, a perfect scenario for Shiraz with the development of intense flavour yet the retention of natural acidity. Bright sunny days and gentle sea breezes eliminated any threat of disease and produced fully ripe, mature tannins.

Variety
100% Shiraz

Region
McLaren Vale

Appearance
Impenetrable plum red

Bouquet
Brooding, almost shy when first opened, the wine opens up over time to reveal a powerful force of black olive and spice, plums, hints of mint and cloves, all supported by high quality oak.

Palate
Powerful, full flavoured Shiraz fruit sings at full voice with flavours of plums and blackberry, black olive and spice. Smoky and spicy oak flavours add layers of complexity and depth to the fruit profile. The wine fills the mouth but is amply supported and necessarily framed by firm structure that will mellow with time; a wine for ageing.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
25th March 2010

Bottling Date
9th January 2012

Cellaring
8-12 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
Dark garnet red.

Bouquet
Highly perfumed, beguiling nose of blackberry bramble, tar, and fresh minty herbals with more delicate floral potpourri notes and powerful yet quality savoury, spicy, vanillin French oak.

Palate
Serious, deep flavours of plum, blackcurrant, and liquorice, with a juicy, full-bodied, silken structure that builds to a fine, grainy finish. The real signature here is the firmer, more structural tannin that provide a framework for a wine that will age for a long time and continue to evolve in its complexity.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
March 2012

Bottling Date
October 2014

Cellaring
8-12 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
Impenetrable garnet red

Bouquet
Immense lift, the aromatics are an incredibly intense amalgam of blackcurrant, menthol, liquorice and cedar oak.

Palate
The palate shows a hugely complex flavour profile befitting of its pedigree with characters of black fruits, dried herbs, and earthy tones of liquorice and leather just beginning to appear. The overall impression is quite a savoury one though, with a beautiful, drying structure, and again a restraint to the mid-palate that defies the big flavours.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barriques which are 80% French oak (Alliers/Nevers) and 20% French coopered American oak for 17 months. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Harvest Date
March 2013

Bottling Date
October 2015

Cellaring
8-12 years.

 

Rich, layered, powerful, complex, elegant.

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$80.00
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/ Case of 6
 
The name ‘Savitar’ refers to a mythical dragon-like monster. Like all of the single vineyard wines, each name is given a lot of thought to best represent what’s inside the bottle. With the name Savitar, Frank wanted to convey not only the beauty of the wine, but it’s power, and finding a balance between the two. The wine is powerful and full flavoured with bold, upfront fruit but at the same time shows constraint with layers of soft tannin and acid structure that signify elegance, complexity and purity.
 
‘Sui magna cauda caeli astra verrit eaque ad terram jecit’
 
‘His great tail swept the stars from the sky and flung them to earth’
 
Colour
Impenetrable garnet red
 
Nose
Immense lift, the aromatics are an incredibly intense amalgam of blackcurrant, menthol, liquorice and cedar oak.
 
Palate
The palate shows a hugely complex flavour profile befitting of its pedigree with characters of black fruits, dried herbs, and earthy tones of liquorice and leather just beginning to appear. The overall impression is quite a savoury one though, with a beautiful, drying structure, and again a restraint to the mid-palate that defies the big flavours.
 
Maturation
Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 18 months.
 
Cellaring
8-12 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
Shiraz
Harvest Date
March 2012
Acid
7.0 g/L
pH
3.5
Bottling Date
October 2014
Residual Sugar
3.2 g/L
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Savitar Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Parcels of fruit from vines averaging 30 years of age are grown on rocky, skeletal soils in the northeast part of the vineyard. The fruit, which is handpicked typically yields only 1.5 tonnes per acre.
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.
Winemaker Notes
Each parcel of fruit for Savitar was fermented on skins for 15 days at 28-32°C to soften the skins and release the juice. A slightly longer period on skins ensures a tighter overall structure. The wine is then pressed, and undergoes partial barrel fermentation, followed by a natural malolactic fermentation, before racking.
Food Pairing Notes
Serious wine for special occasions. Try Italian lasagna, Vincisgrassi.
 
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