`Serpico` McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

McLaren Vale


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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Fruit for our Serpico comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The Cabernet in this vineyard is planted on black Biscay clay which along with the ideal Mediterranean climate produces wines of concentrated varietal character.

Vintage Information

This vintage proved the benefits of early harvesting our Cabernet Sauvignon for Serpico. Where the fruit for most regions in South Australia suffered from extensive, saturating rainfall and humidity in February and March, our Serpico grapes were hand harvested prior to the major rainfall events and were safely on the drying racks throughout the deluge.


Fruit is hand picked quite early (around 13° Baume) and placed onto 10kg drying crates. The grapes are left to dry in temperature and humidity controlled sheds for approximately six weeks in the traditional Amarone manner. This results in a 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 300 litre French oak barrels for twelve months before careful careful barrel selection precedes blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

The wine has a generous, perfumed and alluring nose with a complex mix of dried spice, dark plums and cedar notes. The palate is mouth filling with lengthy tannins, bright acidity and above all abundant savoury richness.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer
Alcohol (ABV) 15.2%