7th Son 2018
The wine’s name comes from Seventh Son of the Seventh Son, a folklore concept of birth right gifts of second sight, healing and luck. The Seventh Son is a testament to the quality of these two varieties, Grenache and Shiraz, in McLaren Vale and how well they can compliment each other. When blended together though these opposites provide a great foil for each other, creating a complex and intriguing wine.
The Grenache portion is sourced from 75 year old biodynamic grown bush vines from the deep sands of Blewitt Springs. It provides a rustic, lighter, earthier flavor than the fruit forward, softer Shiraz portion which is sourced from the Lopresti vineyards.
There is very little new oak influence in this wine, with older oak barrels chosen for the elevage. A Grenache (62%), Shiraz (33%), and a tiny dollop of Sagrantino (5%) blend, the tannins are sandy and a little Italian twist on a classic blend from southern France and Mclaren Vale. The Shiraz and Grenache parcels were kept separate until the final blending stage just prior to bottling. Both parcels were destemmed without crushing then pumped over once daily. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannin, color and flavor. The wine was kept in one and two year old barrels, all of French origin, for 18 months before being blended.
A drier than average growing season for the third consecutive year, which contributed to lower yields across the board. The season commenced with good winter rainfall, but a dry spring followed reducing vine vigour.
Bramble herbs with hints of cracked black pepper underpinned with earthy, dark fruit characters of Satsuma plum, black cherry and licorice. Grenache plays a leading role, a dark cherry lift with a seductive, almost slippery mid palate. Shiraz provides some weight to the juicy mouth feel as well as dark fruits and earthy olive tapenade characteristics. Finally, Sagrantino, despite its low proportion, adds beautiful dry earth, cigar box-like savory lift with those signature tannins giving a drying, snappy finish.
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Wine Advocate (92-94) - "Made up of a similar blend to the 2017, the 2018 Small Batch Series 7th Son is nevertheless riper and more savory, with black olive tapenade notes, hints of cola and dried spices alongside black cherries and blackberries. Full-bodied yet supple, it looks to be a bit bigger wine, and perhaps just a touch longer on the finish."
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“Serpico” was a famous New York police officer who wasn’t afraid to ‘work against the grain’. With Serpico, Mitolo aims to step outside its peers and redefine the accepted style of Cabernet making. Serpico is a 100% Cabernet made in the Amarone method to achieve intense aromas, and a concentrated viscous middle palate with soft and silky tannins.
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Named after the rare Marsican bear, native to Frank’s father Bruno’s homeland, Abruzzo. The same bear can be seen in the night sky over Italy forming the Ursa Major – a constellation that has been a navigational reference point for ages. Marsican is a tribute to Frank Mitolo’s heritage and his father's enduring .influence and guidance.