Savitar Shiraz 2018

McLaren Vale


“Savitar” is a mythical dragon-like monster, and this wine is so named because of the impression Frank Mitolo and Ben Glaetzer had upon tasting one particular lot in the Willunga vineyard. They were so blown away they decided to make a Shiraz from just the small lot, and Savitar was created.


The fruit for Mitolo Savitar Shiraz comes from the Lopresti vineyards Chinese Block, which is located in the Willunga district at the southern end of McLaren Vale. Savitar Shiraz is sourced from a particularly unforgiving, skeletal soil patch in the North Eastern corner of the block, where the vines are pushed hard to create very low yields of outstanding depth of flavor and quality.


Each parcel of fruit for Savitar was fermented on skins for 15 days. This slightly longer time on the skins ensures a tighter overall structure setting the framework for elongated aging. Following fermentation, the wine is pressed, and then transferred to oak barrels for maturation. Aged in 100% new medium to light toasted barrels (100% French oak for 18 months before individual barrels are carefully selected for the final blend.


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.


Immense lift, the aromatics are an incredibly intense amalgam of blackcurrant, menthol, licorice and cedar oak. The palate shows a hugely complex flavor profile befitting of its pedigree. Characters of black fruits, dried herbs, and earthy tones of licorice and savory leather.



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"High-toned and red-fruited"

Wine Advocate - May 5, 2020 "More high-toned and red-fruited, the cherry-scented 2018 Savitar Shiraz also hints at vanilla, cedar and dried spices (from the oak), plus some slightly darker berry notes. It's full-bodied but tighter and more age-worthy than the GAM or Angela, with a taut, lingering finish." 

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