Concentrated and ripe, the wine aged for 18 months using the barrels in which G.A.M. was previously aged. Pure aromas and flavors, with attractive notes of cassis, pepper and licorice lead to silky tannins and superb length on the finish.
Wine Advocate 88 points - Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Jester 'Tarlton' Shiraz reveals an abundance of black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and licorice notes with hints of vanilla and mocha. Crisp, full bodied and rich in the mouth, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and a long finish. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2015+. (Oct 2010)
"Deep cherry jube in colour, the 2009 Jester Shiraz continues to show bright, vibrant, rich fruit. A revelation of blue and black berries, there is mocha and a hint of spice on the nose. The palate exhibits focused, genuine fruit and subtle, yet structured, tannins support a velvety elongated finish."
|Fruit harvested from several blocks within the Lopresti Vineyard was fermented on its skins at cool temperatures to preserve the bright, pure berry fruit.
|Richard Tarlton was favourite among jesters to Queen Elizabeth I. Tarlton was the first to achieve national celebrity as a comedian and enjoyed a successful career in theatre as a leading member of the Queen's Players. As a writer, he was the author of popular ballads and plays. With Tarlton Shiraz, 'Jester' celebrates the era where boredom was alleviated through humour and the banal through intellect.
|With a background in horticulture (as owner of one of the largest potato and onion producers in the Southern Hemisphere) and a keen interest in wine and winemaking, Frank Mitolo set out to create his own winery. He toyed with small-scale winemaking for six years before deciding to produce commercially and in 2000 formed Mitolo Wines.
Frank teamed with his friend, Ben Glaetzer (who makes wines under the well regarded Glaetzer Wines label), with the implicit goal of creating the very best interpretation of McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley Shiraz. Together, they agreed on an approach that relies on using the very best fruit, non-interventionist wine making and super fine oak.
This collaboration resulted in Mitolo's first wine, 2000 GAM McLaren Vale Shiraz. This wine received 91 points in the Wine Spectator in its first year of release.
In 2001 the Mitolo portfolio was expanded to three McLaren Vale wines, Jester, GAM and Savitar and one Barossa Valley wine, Reiver. In 2002, Frank and Ben decided to push the boundaries by producing an amarone style Cabernet called Serpico.