‘Boulder’. Montepulciano shares its ancestry with the Mitolo family, in the hilly Central Italian region of Abruzzo. Here exists the Gran Sasso d’Italia, the highest peak of the Apennine Mountains.
Bold yet inviting, the medium to full bodied palate carries through black cherry, dark plum and blackberry from the nose. Fine cocoa powder tannins underlie a plush mid palate and velvety texture. Intriguing elements of cedar and earthen tones reveal themselves with time, as the dry powdery finish is beautifully balanced by long fresh acidity.
Crushed and destemmed to 2 tonne open fermenters, pumped over twice daily with hand plunging in the peak of ferment. Temperatures were kept cool, between 20 and 24°C to retain fruit vibrancy and aromatics whilst extracting a softer tannin profile. After primary ferment the wines were pressed, racked off gross lees and transferred to 100% seasoned oak, two thirds French, one third American. 12 months maturation in barrel with natural Malolactic Fermentation occurring during this time. Bottled without finings and only light filtration.
Located at the southern end of McLaren Vale between Sellicks Hill and Willunga on the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges. The site is defined by heavy clay loam soils with shattered gravel throughout the profile, over Christies Beach formation. A northwesterly aspect captures ample sunlight and ensures ripening whilst the warmth of the site garners concentration and plush tannin maturity in the fruit.
Say hello to Mitolo's fun, extraordinary McLaren Vale family. Discover first hand the origins of Mitolo, the craftsmanship of the wines and the playful personality behind each bottle.
The perfect place to kick your feet up, let your hair down and feast. Perhaps a Roman style pizza or a handmade pasta, Frankie's menu has been carefully curated to share. Open Sundays (and some Saturdays throughout Summer).
Little Wolf's focus is on house made, house grown and locally sourced produce that delivers striking modern flavours influenced by the sea, and amazing wines. Embracing tradition and much loved flavours of the Italian kitchen, cooked over fire and made by hand. Open Thursday-Sunday.