`Serpico` McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale

Mitolo

Mitolo is a family owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo. Mitolo's...

vision is to create individual, handcrafted premium wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank's intimate knowledge of the land and business acumen with Ben's winemaking talent has led to the creation of one of Australia's most exciting wineries.

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Vineyards

The Cabernet comes from a single block in the Willunga district at the southern end of the McLaren Vale. The grapes are grown on black Biscay clay and were hand harvested in March at around 13 Baumé and laid out to dry on 10 kg drying racks.

Vintage Information

Unprecedented seasonal conditions 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. Berries were small, of high quality with intense flavour and colour.

Vinification

The grapes were left to dry on the 10kg drying racks for 7 weeks and 3 days in the traditional Amarone manner, resulting in a 30% bunch weight loss. The wine was fermented on the skins for two weeks and then left to macerate for a further 3 weeks prior to pressing. This wine saw 10 months in 80% new French oak and 20% American oak.

Tasting Notes

Dark and ruby red in colour, with rustic traditional earth and cedary spices on the nose, Christmas pudding characters and a hint of coffee bean. The mid-palate is complex with rich, savoury tannins. The seamless integration of oak, tannin and fruit makes this wine approachable even in youth.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2007
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer