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At Mitolo we aim to produce wines that express our place and our heritage. Our location at the southern end of McLaren Vale gives us fruit with powerful, pure flavours and elegant structure. The grapes are picked on flavour ripeness, which gives us the mature tannins and vibrant fruit which are key characteristics of all Mitolo wines. Mitolo Grenache Rosé is a fresh, aromatic and bone dry style of Rosé, an ideal match for the rustic foods of our heritage and the perfect accompaniment to fresh seafood dishes.
The Grenache comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically Joe’s Block, which 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 clay. This combination promotes strong growth in spring but in summer is dry and unforgiving creating stress for the vines which leads to intense flavour. The climate here is Maritime, with dry, warm, sunny days in the growing season and a fresh sea breeze that cools the air overnight.
We carefully harvest the Grenache grapes by hand in the early hours of the morning, and then transport them to the winery where they are pressed within a few hours of picking. The juice is then fermented at very low temperatures for two to three weeks until it is completely dry. The wine is then cold stabilised and filtered before bottling.REGION: McLaren Vale. VARIETY: 100% Grenache. HARVEST DATE: February 2016. BOTTLING DATE: July 2016. CLOSURE: Stelvin. COLOUR Pale, salmon pink. NOSE: Lifted and aromatic, notes of strawberry, white peach, and touches of spice. PALATE: Elegantly structured with fresh flavours of strawberry and cherry, enhanced by a hint of savoury tannin and fresh, crunchy acidity, leading to a long, clean finish. CELLARING: Will drink best in its first two years. FOOD MATCH: A simple fish dish such as seared King George Whiting fillets caught fresh off the Port Willunga coast served with just cooked cherry tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs. ALCOHOL(Alc/Vol): 12.5% RS: 3.5 g/L pH: 3.2 TA: 5.6 g/L RRP $28.00
The Story: In prior years Leogate Estate Winery has made wine only from grapes grown on its own Brokenback Vineyard in Pokolbin, Hunter Valley NSW. However, in response to a reduced Brokenback Vineyard yield from a drier 2013 Hunter Valley growing season, Leogate Estate’s gates were breached for the first time by “The Gatecrasher”. This tradition has since continued with parcels of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir grapes of the finest quality being sourced from external vineyards and delivered directly after harvest to the winery which has applied its expertise in making these individual, regional, varietal wines.Harvest: Date – 30th March: The fruit was mechanically harvested during the cool hours of early morning (4am – 6am). Appearance: Displaying an attractive pale rose petal red colour with a bright red hue. Bouquet: Fresh strawberry fruit aromas.
Palate: With minimal skin contact the wine is a light, fresh and fruity style displaying sweet raspberry and watermelon characters. The vibrant palate has good length of delicate fruit flavours with a touch of spice and crisp acidity at the finish. The wine is made from 100% Shiraz grapes which are grown on our own Certified Organic Vineyard located in the Central Ranges of NSW. Serve Chilled.Cellaring: Made for early consumption. Food Suggestions: An excellent aperitif and is suited to a wide variety of seafood’s and salads or Asian cuisine. Ideal for that summer occasion day or evening. Wine Analysis: Alcohol – 13.0% Residual Sugar – 3.5 g/Lt Acidity – 6.0 g/Lt pH – 3.35 Volume – 4,000Lt Additives: Preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide) Fined using milk products.
Vintage Conditions: The Central Ranges 2017 vintage delivered moderate temperatures and dry conditions leading up to the harvest which began in late March. These climatic conditions provided the opportunity for steady and even ripening in the vineyard producing smaller berries and higher sugar levels, resulting in good yields of high quality fruit. The wines made from 2017 are rich and flavoursome and displaying excellent fruit flavour whilst retaining natural acidity.
Winemaking: After crushing and destemming the Rose` must was chilled to 12 degrees. The juice was held on the skins for 4 hours before being lightly pressed off and cold settled. Once settled the clear juice was racked and inoculated with a selected white wine yeast and fermented at 12 – 15 degrees for 14 days. At the completion of the alcoholic fermentation the wine was racked off yeast deposits, stabilised, fined and filtered. The wine is scheduled for bottling in September 2017.
Italians love wine almost as much as they love sharing it. The Jester Sangiovese Rosé, like all of our wines, is made to share. Sangiovese hails from Tuscany in central Italy where it is used to make some of the world’s most revered wines. Its high natural acidity and powerful cherry and floral flavours make it ideal for Rosé. Our vineyard, which is about 3.5km east of Port Willunga at the southern end of McLaren Vale, offers the ideal Mediterranean climate to grow Sangiovese grapes befitting of our Italian roots. Mitolo Jester Sangiovese Rosé is fresh, bright and textured, yet dry. It is a wonderful accompaniment for food, or a fantastic refreshing drink on its own - in the company of friends of course.
We carefully harvest the Sangiovese grapes by hand during the evening, then leave them to cool naturally as the temperature drops overnight at our winery. The following day the grapes are destemmed, crushed and pressed immediately off skins, to keep the colour to a minimum. The juice is then fermented at very low temperatures for two to three weeks until it is completely dry. The wine is cold stabilised and filtered before bottling where it waits to be enjoyed.
The Jesters of the Courts of Europe had one motivation, to entertain the household of a nobleman and his guests. The Jester, a modern day entertainer, is exactly that. Able to excite and tell stories at any dinner table, he is the life of the party. He waivers from fits of laughter, to being somewhat risqué and suggestive. Ultimately, he is there to remind us not to take life too seriously. He gathers friends around regularly to eat and drink well, as he of course is the instigator of such frivolity. We all know a modern day Jester, and to them, the life of the party, we salute the Jester in you.REGION: McLaren Vale. VARIETY: 100% Sangiovese. HARVEST DATE: March 2017. BOTTLING DATE: May 2017. CLOSURE: Stelvin. COLOUR Pale salmon pink. NOSE: Lifted and floral with notes of white peach, strawberry, and fresh cut melon. PALATE: Fresh, crisp and delicate with bright summer berry flavours that are complemented by a long, dry finish. The perfect accompaniment to a seafood dish. CELLARING: Will drink best in its first two years FOOD PAIR: A wine made for warm summer evenings, a perfect accompaniment would be a simple fish dish such as seared King George Whiting fillets caught fresh off the Port Willunga coast served with just cooked cherry tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs. ALCOHOL(Alc/Vol): 13.0% RS: 0.8 g/L pH: 3.34 TA: 5.28 g/L RRP $22.00