Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
GAM is an acronym of the Mitolo children's names, Gemma, Alex and Marco. Fashioned from the best Shiraz by Ben Glaetzer. A longer than usual vintage attributed to cool conditions during ripening which was welcomed by winemakers who reported that red wine quality is extremely good. Shiraz fruit showed full flavour ripeness, excellent colour and tannins, with wines exhibiting great varietal flavours and aromas.
The grapes come from the Willunga district of McLaren Vale, where the heavy grey loam soils over sandstone, intermixed with black Biscay clay, combined with the maritime climate, contribute to an even ripening period and the development of rich fruit flavours and ripe tannins. Yield is around two tonnes per acre. Each parcel of fruit for G.A.M. is fermented on skins for ten days in two tonne fermentation vessels. The wine is then pressed and undergoes partial barrel fermentation followed by a natural malolactic fermentation before racking. Matured eighteen months in 70% new French (Allies/Nevers) hogsheads and barriques plus 30% second use American hogsheads and barriques. Alcohol 15%
Bright ruby/purple. Lifted anise, nutmeg and dark fruit on the nose with hints of crushed pepper and mixed spice. A dense and multilayered palate that retains freshness, richness and vibrant fruit.