The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Chinese Block vineyard which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. The soils, which are heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins.
Mitolo delivers wines that express purity of varietal flavour, show elegance of structure with soft tannins whilst being rich, powerful and complex. All the grapes are picked on flavour ripeness which contributes to the soft, ripe tannins and vibrant fruit which is a key characteristic of all Mitolo wines. G.A.M. is opulent and robust, with a focus on finesse and multilayered complexity. It exhibits typical Mitolo softness and richness.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Aged 18 months in primarily French oak, the 2004 Shiraz G.A.M. is an exceptional example of a precise yet full-flavored, concentrated Shiraz. Its gorgeous perfume of blueberries, blackberries, camphor, licorice, and pain grille is followed by an inky/blue/purple-colored wine offering superb purity, full-bodied richness, and gorgeous depth as well as texture. This fabulous effort is another example of Ben Glaetzer’s brilliant talents. It should drink well for 15 years.
For a winery only established in 1999, and dedicated to hand-crafted, artisinal wines, Mitolo has consistently been a revelation in my tastings. Thanks to owner Frank Mitolo and his brilliant winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, the quality has been truly splendid. Rating 97 - Drink to 2020 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (OCT/2005)
Deep colour, excellent hue; concentrated and rich red and black fruits, and plenty of dusty tannins. Rating 94 - Drink by 2016 - James Halliday, Autralian Wine Companion (OCT/2005)
Winery Tasting Notes
A longer than usual vintage attributed to cool conditions during ripening which was welcomed by winemakers who reported that red wine quality is extremely good. Shiraz fruit showed full flavour ripeness, excellent colour and tannins, with wines exhibiting great varietal flavours and aromas.
Lifted anise, nutmeg and dark fruit on the nose with hints of crushed pepper and mixed spice.
A dense and multilayered palate that retains freshness, richness and vibrant
Will age reliably for 10 years with careful cellaring from the release.