Mitolo `Jester` Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (6 x 750mL), McLaren Vale, SA.

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Bright, lush and juicy, Jester Cabernet Sauvignon shows a full bodied palate and mouth filling richness. 20% of the fruit has been handled in the Amarone manner- this technique of drying fruit adds complexity and fullness and produces soft juicy tannins. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable for early appreciation, delivering excellent quality for the price.

2012 was a fantastic vintage for McLaren Vale, producing deeply flavoured wines with poise and balance. Budburst was early and some inclement weather in flowering led to poor fruit set which resulted in low yields at harvest. Summer saw average temperatures but no heat spikes, and was quite dry. In combination with the low yields this led to harvest being four weeks earlier than the cooler, wetter 2011. Cabernet fruit ripened quickly in February, but a significant rainfall event at the end of the month provided the vines with a much needed drink and freshened the grapes perfectly for harvest at the end of March.

SA - McLaren Vale
South Australia

Expert Reviews

20% of the grapes used in this estate-grown wine are dried for 6-8 weeks prior to fermentation, the remainder cool-fermented on skins for 6-10 days; the wine spends 10 months in used oak. As one might expect, this has a major impact on the wine, but whether its entirely beneficial is a moot point, the desiccated fruit nuances tending to break the line of the palate. Still, the wine is interesting. Rating 91 - Drink by 2022 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2013)

Deep garnet with a touch of purple in the color, the 2012 Jester Cabernet Sauvignon presents a fragrant nose of warm cassis and mulberries with touches of cedar, pencil lead, dried mint and chocolate. Full-bodied with tons of juicy blackcurrant and minted blackberry flavors, it has a good line of medium level grainy tannins, lively acid and a long finish. Drink it now to 2018. Rating 89 - Drink 2014 - 2018 Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (FEB/2014)

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep and vibrant garnet red


Bright and fresh cassis, violet with typical tobacco leaf and minty herbals


Full bodied, bright flavours of red cherry, cassis complemented by more savoury dark chocolate, dusty tobacco and dried herb with tight, bright acidity and a soft framework of tannin albeit a grainy textured finish thanks to the dried fruit portion.


Aged in 2-4 year old French oak for 9 months

Food Matching

Morrocan style lamb curry with eggplant and chickpeas.

SA - McLaren Vale
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For such a young winery, Mitolo’s history is rich. It’s one studded with success, wide acclaim, and – most importantly – truly memorable wines. But that’s only to be expected from a winery which, since the very first day, has been motivated by three potent words:

Purity. Elegance. Power.

Those were the guiding principles Frank Mitolo wrote down when he created the winery in 1999. With his Italian heritage and a family history of working the land, Frank was only interested in pursuing excellence. And the results were there immediately in the release of the first Mitolo wine - the 2000 G.A.M. - named after Frank’s children Gemma, Alexander and Marco.

Attracted by this commitment to only create wines of outstanding quality, acclaimed winemaker Ben Glaetzer joined Mitolo as a partner in 2001. With grapes sourced from two of Australia’s premier wine regions, Mclaren Vale and the Barossa Valley, Frank and Ben now work tirelessly to surpass their already impressive achievements. Mitolo Wines, praised by some of the world’s toughest critics, are now enjoyed in more than 20 countries around the world.

And that is just the start.

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