MCLAREN VALE, AUSTRALIA 2018
Mitolo has quickly become recognized as one of McLaren Vale’s most esteemed producers and we’ve sourced an incredible duo of 2018 Mitolo wines for you today: two distinct, high-scoring Shiraz that showcase the amazing intersection between Australian terroir and Italian heritage and winemaking technique. McLaren Vale wineries such as d’Arenberg and Mollydooker routinely command prices in the triple digits, making today’s lineup some of the best bang-for-your-buck from this iconic region. Wine Spectator has praised Australia’s Mitolo winery for its stunning reds that offer “much more fruit and depth than most Aussie Cabs, without losing that savory edge that identifies it as Cabernet.” According to the winery, the secret lies in emulating Italian winemaking techniques—notably the Veronese technique of partially drying the grapes prior to fermentation for some of its wines. The Mitolo family came to Australia’s McLaren Vale in the 1950s, emigrating from the Abruzzo region of Italy. In 1999, Frank Mitolo and winemaker Ben Glaetzer fashioned a dream of crafting wines that would be the ultimate expression of McLaren Vale’s rich soils. Since its first release of the 2000 G.A.M. Shiraz, the Mitolo portfolio has grown to include another 16 wines. Special pricing on today’s incredible values will be available for one week only!
Part of Mitolo’s Small Batch Series, the Angela Shiraz grapes are sourced from ‘Sandra’s Block,’ located at the southern end of McLaren Vale near the seaside town of Willunga. The soil here contains more rocky fragments and is free draining, with most vines around 30+ years old. The wine was aged in a combination of new (20%) and 1-2 year-old barrels for 16 months before being blended and bottled without fining or filtration. The wine is intensely aromatic, with notes of ripe plum, cedar, and coffee.
Among the most age-worthy in Mitolo’s lineup is the 2018 Savitar Shiraz. ‘Savitar’ is a mythical dragon-like monster, and this wine is so named after Frank Mitolo and Ben Glaetzer tasted one particular lot in the Willunga vineyard—they were so blown away by the quality of the fruit they immediately decided to make a Shiraz from the small lot. The wine aged in 100% new French oak (combination of light- and medium-toasted) for 18 months, and the finished wine’s tight tannins and impressive acidity suggest a long cellar life ahead. The wine is incredibly layered, with complex nuances of dark raspberry, licorice, earth, and leather. Though each of today’s wines offer distinct profiles, both absolutely over deliver their price points. Secure your order today!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Sunday, July 25, 2021.