Mitolo G.A.M. Shiraz 2006
The 2006 Shiraz "G.A.M." (the initials of the Mitolo children) was aged in French and American oak, 60% new. Opaque purple in color, it has an aromatic array of roasted coffee, violets, lavender, pepper, Asian spices, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. In the mouth it is velvety-textured, deep, concentrated, opulent, and altogether hedonistic. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2026. Mitolo, which began operations in 1999, is a partnership of the Mitolo family and winemaker Ben Glaetzer. The focus is on McLaren Vale fruit from Willunga, the most southern part of the district. All of the wines below are from the 2006 vintage which Glaetzer characterizes as "?a mild growing season with no problems. It ranks with 2002 as my favorite vintage". issue #173 Drink 2012 - 2026
Ripe and round, with a smoky, slightly burnt edge to the red berry and roasted red pepper flavors, lingering softly. Drink now through 2014. 3,000 cases imported.