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3 August 2010 News

Wine Spectator’s Harvey Steiman recently blogged about Ben Glaetzer and Frank Mitolo’s latest debut: Aussie Vermentino.

“Crisp” with “oodles” of “slate-inflected fig and stone fruit flavors,” Mitolo’s Jester Vermentino is delicate in texture and weighs in at just 10% alcohol, a perfect summer sipper. Says Steiman:

“Heads up, folks. Here comes another Australian wine you never expected. Are you ready for Aussie Vermentino?

“More to the point: Are you prepared for a crisp, minerally white wine that has oodles of flavor, despite an alcohol level below 10 percent? One that plays a grassy note like a delicate Sauvignon Blanc against a light texture that actually lets the slate-inflected fig and stone fruit flavors fill the mouth?

“From Australia?

“When I recently met with winemaker Ben Glaetzer and winegrower Frank Mitolo to preview the coming vintages of their Mitolo and Jester wines, they brought the standard Cabernet, Shiraz and Rhône blends. Those wines were good, as usual, and instructive about the vagaries of recent vintages in McLaren Vale, where they grow most of their grapes. But the wine that intrigued me the most was the new Vermentino, coming out later this year on the Jester label. The first vintage, 2010, is priced at $18 a bottle. (I would like it better at $15.) It’s unlike anything else I can think of, reminiscent of those crisp Atlantic Coast Spanish wines such as Txakoli, but with a deeper fruit profile.

“If more Aussie growers can achieve similar character to Jester’s, it could be the find of the decade.”

Full article is here (subscription required).