Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

With Mitolo Serpico we aim to step outside our peers and redefine the accepted style of Australian wine.

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Vineyard Notes
The Cabernet comes from the Chinese block in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The grapes are grown on black Biscay clay and hand harvested at around 13 Baumé onto 10 kg drying racks. Yield is typically around 2 tonnes an acre (35 hl/ha).
Style
Mitolo delivers wines that express purity of varietal flavour and show elegance of structure 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. Serpico, the flagship Mitolo Cabernet, is made using the Amarone technique of drying grapes before fermentation. This process concentrates flavour contributing mid palate plushness, complexity and mouth coating yet silky tannins.
Winemaker Notes
Fruit is hand picked early (around 13° Baume) and placed onto 10kg drying racks. The grapes were left to dry for between five to seven weeks in the traditional Amarone manner resulting in 30% loss in bunch weight. After drying, the wine is fermented on skins for two weeks and then is left for a further three weeks before pressing. This extended time on skins actually helps to soften the wine as the small, aggressive tannins are bound up in the process leaving only larger, silky tannins in the wine. The wine is then stored in oak barrels for ten months before careful barrel selection precedes blending and bottling.
Closure
Stelvin
Food Pairing Notes
Gorgonzola Dolce, served with caramelised onion and balsamic relish on ciappe (Italian crackers).
Serpico was a famous New York police officer who wasn't afraid to 'work against the grain' and in doing so exposed immense depth of police corruption in the era.
 
'Audendum defendere fides tuas nonque conformandum plebi est'
 
'One must have the courage to stand up for your beliefs and not conform to the masses'
 
Colour
Deep ruby red.
 
Nose

Perfumed and alluring nose of cut plums, blackberries, savoury herbals, and a dusting of white pepper spice.

Palate

Dark fruit characteristics prevail of blackcurrant, Christmas cake and dark mocha chocolate. Multi layered and completely mouthcoating with elegant, fine grained tannins and a velvety finish.

Maturation

Aged in 100% new barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 10 months.

Cellaring
8-12 years.
Vintage
2012
Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintages
Vintage Notes
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.

Tasting Note
Vibrant brick red with purple hues. The nose shows upfront blackcurrant/cassis with whisps of cedar, nutmeg and spice. Dense and yet restrained with the trademark elegance of finely tuned Cabernet. Traditional vinification has developed rich supple tannins with a distinct savoury note. Will cellar well for 15 years.

Cellaring
Avoid consuming for as long as able, best now through 2018.

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
Vibrant brick red with purple hues. The nose shows upfront blackcurrant/cassis with whisps of cedar, nutmeg and spice. Dense and yet restrained with the trademark elegance of finely tuned Cabernet. Traditional vinification has developed rich supple tannins with a distinct savoury note. Will cellar well for 15 years.

2004

Vintage Note
A longer than usual vintage attributed to cool conditions during ripening which was welcomed by winemakers who reported the production of red as being extremely high quality. Cabernet Sauvignon reached full flavour ripeness, achieved excellent colour, and tannin with wines exhibiting great varietal flavours and aromas.

Tasting Note
Vibrant Purple colour. The fragrant nose shows blackcurrant, Notes cassis and mulberries aromas with a touch of cedar and spice. This opulent, rich and powerful Cabernet displays lush red and black berry fruits complexed by chocolate, mocha and forest floor characters. This mid-palate shows immense power and concentration which are followed by pillars of ripe, silky tannins. The seamless integration of oak, tannin and fruit allow this distinguished wine to be drunk now.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new French oak barriques and hogsheads for 9 months.

Cellaring
Will age well for 15 -20 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
Dark Ruby red. The nose shows rustic traditional earth and cedary spice with Christmas pudding characters and a hint of coffee bean. The mid palate is complex with pillars of richness and savoury tannins. The seamless integration of oak, tannin and fruit allow this distinguished wine to be drunk at release.

Maturation
Aged for 10 months in 80% new French oak and 20% French coopered American oak. A total of 18 coopers were used for the Mitolo oak regime.

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

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
Peppery and tarry with dustings of dry spice and meaty complexity. Texture is lush yet complex with savoury tannin and compelling richness. Plenty of power is evident yet it is restrained.

Maturation
Aged for 10 month in 80% new French oak and 20% French coopered American oak. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

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

2008

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For 2009 Serpico Tasting Note click here

For 2010 Serpico Tasting Note click here

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° range most days and these mild conditions persisted into the start of March. Cool and dry conditions during berry ripening were conducive to excellent avour, colour and phenolic development. Vintage started in the rst week of February, slightly earlier than average, with much of the premium fruit o 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°, 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. Courtesy of the Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of South Australia.

Tasting Note
Opaque dark red with youthful purple hues. 2008 Serpico has a very diverse aromatic spectrum; cut black plums intermingle with leather and herbal spice. e tannin structure is seemless, nishing with rewarding tightness. Flavours of anise, blackcurrant and roasted coee bean prevail.

Maturation
Aged for 10 month in 80% new French oak and 20% French coopered American oak.
A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Will evolve well with good cellaring for 10-15 years.

Ratings
94 Points Erobertparker.com, Robert Parker by Lisa Perotti Brown M.W
94 Points 2012 Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday
 

2009

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For 2010 Serpico Tasting Note click here

Vintage Note
A thirteen day heat wave in late January and early February saw the 2009 Vintage begin in first week of February. Cool, dry conditions during berry ripening in most of the district were conducive to excellent flavour, colour and phenolic development. In general, the timing of the heatwave affected vineyards with lighter canopies and crop loads and those on thin or highly reflective soils and crops in the earlier ripening areas. Due to the early start to vintage, there were some difficulties handling both reds and whites through the wineries and this resulted in overall volume in the region being below average. Cabernet Sauvignon excelled, showing strong varietal characters, full bodied, balanced palate weight and an amazing perfume. Shiraz produced a more medium-bodied style showing restraint and elegance, with lifted red berry aromas and spice.

Tasting Note
Dark fruits with wisps of smoke and crushed leaves combine with notes of espresso and dark chocolate. The palate has intensity derived from the drying process, the tannin structure is seamless and shows almost infinite length.

Maturation
Aged for 10 months in 80% new French oak and 20% French coopered American oak. A total of 16 coopers are used for the Mitolo oak regime.

Cellaring
Serpico is perfectly approachable as a young wine but will evolve many dimensions with careful cellaring for 8 to 12 years.
 

2010
 

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.

Tasting Note
Dark fruits with wisps of smoke and crushed leaves combine with notes of espresso and dark chocolate. The palate has intensity derived from the drying process, the tannin structure is seamless and shows almost infinite length.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 10 months.

Cellaring
Serpico is perfectly approachable as a young wine but will evolve many dimensions with careful cellaring for 8 to 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% Cabernet Sauvignon
 
Region
McLaren Vale
 
Appearance
Deep ruby red
 
Bouquet
Perfumed and alluring nose of cut plums, blackberries, savoury herbals, and a dusting of white pepper spice.
 

Palate
Dark fruit characteristics prevail of blackcurrant, Christmas cake and dark mocha chocolate. Multi layered and completely mouthcoating with elegant, fine grained tannins and a velvety finish.

Maturation
Aged in 100% new barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 10 months.
 
Harvest Date
March 2012
 
Bottling Date
January 2013
 
Cellaring
6-10 years.
 
 

With Mitolo Serpico we aim to step outside our peers and redefine the accepted style of Australian wine.

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Add To Cart
$80.00
/ 2012 Vintage
SKU: Mserpico
Add To Cart
$480.00
/ Case of 6
 
Serpico was a famous New York police officer who wasn't afraid to 'work against the grain' and in doing so exposed immense depth of police corruption in the era.
 
'Audendum defendere fides tuas nonque conformandum plebi est'
 
'One must have the courage to stand up for your beliefs and not conform to the masses'
 
Colour
Deep ruby red.
 
Nose

Perfumed and alluring nose of cut plums, blackberries, savoury herbals, and a dusting of white pepper spice.

Palate

Dark fruit characteristics prevail of blackcurrant, Christmas cake and dark mocha chocolate. Multi layered and completely mouthcoating with elegant, fine grained tannins and a velvety finish.

Maturation

Aged in 100% new barrels which are a blend of 80% French and 20% French coopered American oak for approximately 10 months.

Cellaring
8-12 years.
 
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date
March 2010
Acid
6.6 g/L
pH
3.6
Bottling Date
December 2010
Residual Sugar
5 g/L
Alcohol %
15.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The Cabernet comes from the Chinese block in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The grapes are grown on black Biscay clay and hand harvested at around 13 Baumé onto 10 kg drying racks. Yield is typically around 2 tonnes an acre (35 hl/ha).
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
Fruit is hand picked early (around 13° Baume) and placed onto 10kg drying racks. The grapes were left to dry for between five to seven weeks in the traditional Amarone manner resulting in 30% loss in bunch weight. After drying, the wine is fermented on skins for two weeks and then is left for a further three weeks before pressing. This extended time on skins actually helps to soften the wine as the small, aggressive tannins are bound up in the process leaving only larger, silky tannins in the wine. The wine is then stored in oak barrels for ten months before careful barrel selection precedes blending and bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Gorgonzola Dolce, served with caramelised onion and balsamic relish on ciappe (Italian crackers).
 
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