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Our growers, the Lopresti family, have provided fruit for Mitolo from the very beginning. Sourced from Sandra’s Block, matriarch of the Lopresti family, this wine is a tribute to my mother Angela, matriarch of the Mitolo family.
Angela is a slightly different expression of Shiraz which is sourced from Sandra’s block, located about 5km south of the Chinese Block we use for our G.A.M. Shiraz. We have always used grapes from Sandra’s block as a blending component in our Jester Shiraz but as this vineyard has matured, it has shown its potential to stand alone as a single vineyard wine. I have always loved the slightly brighter fruit profile and complete structure that we get from Sandra’s block. It has the ideal power and weight to sit between our Jester Shiraz and premium G.A.M. Shiraz. Angela is lifted with pure, ripe berry flavours at the forefront and subtle oak, allowing the fruit flavours to shine.
We source the Shiraz fruit for this wine from Sandra’s block, located at the southern end of McLaren Vale near the seaside town of Willunga. The soil and geology of this block differ slightly to Chinese Block, with less black Biscay clay and more alluvial Christies Beach formation. This soil type contains rocky fragments that have been sheared off the nearby hills and deposited in this soil millions of years ago. It is free draining, resulting in less vigour over spring and more content vines in the ripening period. This leads to a bright and uplifted wine style whilst retaining signature Mitolo Shiraz softness.
Although the 2015 vintage produced lower yields, the wine quality is excellent with great colour and bright, pure fruit flavours. Shiraz for Angela is destemmed and crushed gently then pumped over once daily for around ten days. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannin, colour and flavour very softly and to hold onto the pure fruit characters that are a signature for Mitolo. The wine was kept in a combination of new (~10%) and one and two year old barrels, mainly of French origin, for 18 months before being blended. The final blend is clarified by racking only, and bottled without fining or filtration.REGION: McLaren Vale. VARIETY: 100% Shiraz. HARVEST DATE: March 2015. BOTTLING DATE: November 2016. CLOSURE: Stelvin. COLOUR Dark, impenetrable red. NOSE: Deep, full aromatics of plum, blackcurrant and lovely earthy characters of mint, ground coffee beans and dark chocolate. PALATE: Dark fruited, brooding palate with oodles of flavour albeit a surprising restraint in weight typical of the 2015 vintage in McLaren Vale. Earthy, blackberry and choc-mint flavours are beautifully balanced with soft acidity and grippy, savoury structure. CELLARING: 6 - 10 years MATURATION: Aged in fine grained oak, predominantly hogsheads (10% new: 90% old French Oak) for 18 months. FOOD MATCH: The earthiness and structure of this wine calls for rich, creamy and full flavoured food; perhaps an Agnolotti (hand shaped small ravioli) served with a butter and sage sauce. ALCOHOL(Alc/Vol): 14.5% RS: 3.7 g/L pH: 3.5 TA: 6.45 g/L RRP $35.00