Jester Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

McLaren Vale


Jester Cabernet is a “baby” Serpico, the top Mitolo Cabernet produced using an Amarone drying process. For the Jester Cabernet, 25% of the grapes are left to dry on 10 kg drying racks for 7 weeks and 3 days in the traditional Amarone winemaking method. Jester Cabernet is upfront and approachable, delivering excellent quality for the price.




Jester Cabernet vineyards are located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, close to the town of Willunga. The soil here is mostly black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation bedrock. This clay topsoil holds water in winter and spring leading to strong growth. In the summer it becomes very dry, so dry it cracks up stressing the vines which leads to intense flavor. A combination of cool sea breezes and gully winds help to temper the warm summer days giving ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance.


Approximately 25% of the grapes used are dried for 7-8 weeks prior to fermentation. The drying process concentrates the flavor and provides a fine tannin structure to the wine. The remaining grapes are fermented on the skins for 6 – 10 days, at cool temperatures, to enhance pure berry fruit. The wine is stored in old oak barrels, mainly French, for 18 months before the blend is assembled and the wine is bottled with minimal fining or filtration.


Bright and fresh with signature Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of red capsicum, menthol, violet and mixed herbs. Full bodied and mouth filling with juicy red cherry, blackcurrant and cassis, intertwined with savory dark chocolate and tobacco. The Amarone component adds to a textured finish.



Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon


McLaren Vale



Suggested Retail Price



Wine & Spirits (Best Buy) - March 25, 2019 “This wine’s dried-currant flavors fill its cushioned velvet texture. More dried fruit comes with air, from figs to black plums. The wine’s acidity stands apart, needing a year or two in the bottle to integrate. Overall clean and pleasing, especially with brisket.”

Wine Spectator - January 3, 2019 “Robust, featuring toasted herb and tobacco leaf notes that work with the concentrated cassis and framboise flavors, showing an appealingly firm structure and plenty of balance on the finish. Drink now through 2028.”

Trade Materials

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