Mitolo Angela Shiraz 2020


After tasting, I try and share the bottles with friends. This one, when one of my friends set eyes on it, was rejected immediately in horror. I was rather surprised and asked why. Turns out that Angela was the name of his ex-wife and he was having nothing to do with it (he’d already spent way too much money on anything to do with an Angela). Those less offendable or without an ex of such a name, will find this a delicious McLaren Vale Shiraz. After pressing, the wine went to hogsheads, 70% ‘seasoned’, 25% new French and 5% new American, all for 16 months from a vineyard known as Sandra’s Block. Dark maroon hue, there are coffee bean notes, chocolate, blackberries, game, smoked meats, cloves, and aniseed. There is focus and balance here, a line of fine acidity, very good length and good ripeness throughout. Enjoy for the next six to eight years, unless, of course, the name puts you off.

Variety: Red Wine, Shiraz