The name 'Reiver' is taken from the border raiders of the Anglo-Scot borders. Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the border country was ravaged by lawless Reiver families in a vicious cycle of raid, reprisal and blood feud. Their allegiance was first to the family, the surname, and not the crown, whether English or Scottish. 'Rubro et albo vexillum volitat, pro sanguine, pietale, sanctitateque et familiae honore' 'The flag flies red and white - for bloodshed and righteousness and the honour of the family'.
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The 2007 Reiver Shiraz is opaque purple-colored with legs that ooze down the glass. Aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, espresso, and wild blueberry are followed by an intense, sweetly fruited, lengthy wine that is just a bit more narrow than the superb vintages of 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Mitolo, which began operations in 1999, is a partnership of the Mitolo family and winemaker Ben Glaetzer. The focus is on McLaren Vale fruit from Willunga, the most southern part of the district. The 2007 vintage with its drought conditions and decreased production have resulted in wines from Mitolo that are merely outstanding rather than sublime. The value-priced Jester series was reviewed in Issue 178. Rating 92 - Jay Miller, Wine Advocate (FEB/2009)
Exaggerated, heady and heavily ripened, with raisined and spirity undertones, this is a luscious, deeply layered and juicy shiraz whose sumptuous, brambly flavours of redcurrants, cranberries, blackberries are coupled with rather mocha-like and brandied oak and underpinned by firm but pliant tannin. It’s soft and smooth, and while it lacks the length and balance for the long term, it’s made to please those who simply won’t wait. Rating 91+ Jeremy Oliver
Winery Tasting Notes
Black/ purple with stunning concentration.
Blueberries and mushrooms on the nose intermingled with hints of smoked wood.
Lushly textured with excellent length.
Will evolve nicely for 8 to 10 years.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal, Japanese Wine Challenge