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13 July 2012 News

The Wine Spectator just featured an article with a first look at vintage quality in the South Pacific, as reported by growers and winemakers.  The 2012 vintage could be a return to normal for Southern Australia’s winemakers following the wet and challenging 2011 harvest, which produced grapes with low sugar levels. Despite the smaller-than-average crop, vintners are excited about the potential quality of the vintage.   Frank Mitolo, along with many others, reports good concentration and color in both red and white wines that are now in barrel. “The low yields are likely a combination of the strong winds experienced this season, low soil moisture from a dry spring, and the low bud fruitfulness resulting from the challenging 2011 season,” said Mitolo.

Click the image below to read the full article.

 
3 July 2012 News

Mitolo Jester Cabernet 2010 is Wine Spectator’s Daily Wine Pick for wines in the $15-30 range!

 
20 March 2012 News

Market Watch/Wall Street Journal calls Mitolo Jester Vermentino the perfect aperitif,  in the context of the new face Australia is putting forward. 10% alcohol, fresh and irresistible – click on the Market Watch icon below to see the article, and Page 2 to see the commentary on Jester Vermentino.

 

 



 
28 February 2012 News

While we are just releasing the Mitolo Jester Vermentino 2011 today, last week Mitolo began crushing the Jester Vermentino for the 2012 vintage.  Here’s a photo of the beautiful green juice!

 

 
15 February 2012 News, Videos

Even in the middle of what appears to be rollicking party, Ben Glaetzer is ever the professional and calmly runs through three new Mitolo wines, the Jester Cabernet, Jester Vermentino and Serpico.

 

 
19 January 2012 News

Mitolo posted this recipe on their Facebook page the other day, and we can’t wait to give it a try.   Prosciutto wrapped Veal with Soft Polenta.  Yum!

Click on the image below to download the recipe.

 
1 September 2011 News

Wine Anorak recently posted a  profile of the Mitolo wines. Here is a brief excerpt:

“Mitolo is a relatively new label that is a collaborative venture between star Barossa winemaker Ben Glaetzer and Frank Mitolo, beginning in 1999. Frank’s family roots are Italian, and his day job is running the family’s international horticultural business. He provides the capital. Ben became a partner in 2001, and provides the winemaking knowledge.

The majority of the grapes come from a grower in Woolunga at the southern end of the McLaren Vale. The grower’s family is Italian and knows Frank’s parents. Jester is the name for the entry-lvel wines, which offer lovely fruit purity. The higher-end reds are fantastic, and include the Amarone-method Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon, and the GAM and Savitar Shirazes.

What makes these wines so impressive is that Ben’s winemaking manages to produce quite powerful wines that also possess freshness and definition – this is quite a challenge in a warm wine-growing region such as the McLaren Vale.”

Click here to read the full profile

 
20 May 2011 News

 

Every year, Daily Mail wine columnist Matthew Jukes releases his list of 100 Top Australian wines. The wines are selected after a comprehensive year-long process of tasting and represents what Jukes considers to be the finest Australian wines in the UK market.

Since Matthews first started releasing this list in 2004, 12 wineries have consistently made the list year after year. Boutique producer Mitolo is among those wineries, along with De Bortoli, Fox Gordon, Jacob’s Creek, McWilliam’s, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, St Hallett, The Lane Vineyard, Tyrrell’s, Wirra Wirra and Yalumba.”They reflect what is truly exciting, engaging, passionate and essential about Aussie wine and they have all gained a well-earned place in the very highest echeleons of the world of wine,” said Jukes.

The 2009 Mitolo Jester Shiraz made this year’s Top 100 list, accompanied by a fantastic write-up from Jukes:

“Frank Mitolo is justifably proud of his record in the 100 Best. This top notch operation is one of the most impressive in the country and the wines never fail to impress. I have long been a fan of the value attached to the Jester Series, which has a very sprightly Vermentino in its numbers these days. The Shiraz is always a cracker and he always keeps the concentration, silkiness and wow factor ratcheted up to a max. This vintage is no exception. With Turkish Delight, briary, fresh-picked berries and succulent steak au poivre
meatiness this is a true star and it’s still a cracking price.”

Shaw + Smith 2010 Sauvignon Blanc also made the Top 100 list, with the following impressive mention:

“Martin and Michael nail their trademark white again in 2010 with this sniper-sighted Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a perennial favourite, but this year it has even more taut and nervy herbal notes than usual. This wine has proved to be a massive hit on my 100 Best Roadshow and the comments that I hear time and time again are that the elegance of AH Sauvignon is so much better suited to our experienced, ‘European palates’ than the majority of the wines from NZ.”

 

 
2nd May 2011 News

Mitolo is mentioned in a piece in the Minnesota Star Tribune that examines Australia’s need to present and explain its site-specific, authentic wines to US drinkers.  The author Bill Ward  points to Mitolo as an example of this type of quality winery, a property to look for at premium price levels that offers “good quality-price ratio”.  See the full article here.

Given that we were cooking outside on the grill for the first time this beautiful weekend, we’re going to include in this post a recipe Frank Mitolo sent us awhile ago for Grilled Beef and Panzanella Salad.  A great pairing with Mitolo Jester Shiraz, as you might imagine.

4 sirloin steaks approximately 7 ounces each.

Marinade
3 cloves of garlic-crushed
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp of chopped rosemary
3 Tbsp olive oil

Dressing
6 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp rosemary leaves
2 cloves garlic-crushed
2-3 Tbsp lime juice

Salad
3 cups of torn ciabatta bread
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 large vine-ripened tomatoes- chopped roughly
1 small red onion – thinly sliced
4 sticks celery – thinkly sliced
18 green olives
7 ounces asparagus – blanched
7 ounces green beans – blanched
1/4 cup each of basil and flat leaf parsley

Mix marinade together, pour over steaks, cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours

Return steaks to room temperature and cook on each side for 3 minutes to medium rare

Toss bread with olive oil, salt and pepper, spread out on a tray and bake at 400 Fahrenheit.  Allow to cool. Heat olive oil and saute rosemary until crisp then cool.

Transfer oil to a food processor, add garlic and lime juice and blend well, then season.

To serve combine beef and salad and then toss with the dressing.  Pile onto serving platter.  Serves 8.

A little cruel to get this up on a Monday morning I guess.

 
17 April 2011 News

We’ve posted a number of photos on Facebook and now have some nice albums of Guigal, Errazuriz, Finca Decero (including photos our recent trip), Quinta do Noval, Telmo Rodriguez and Mitolo.  Cool!

Frank Mitolo and Ben Glaetzer walking in the Lopresti vineyard, in the Willunga Hills section of McLaren Vale