Mitolo Savitar Shiraz 2005
I´m a Shiraz/Syrah lover. I´ve tasted this wine with a particular dish that says a lot to me: roasted lamb with baked potatoes. One and a half hour in the decanter and it still was changing and becoming more and more interesting. ripe dark fruits, chocolate, strong tannins, smoked notes, and all the hot taste of Australia´s Shiraz. Simply amazing!!!
This is a big Mitolo. Mitolo is generally big but this is a beast. Let it soften in a decanter for a few hours and nose it periodically to enjoy the aromas. Prepare to drink this slowly and it will reward you. Probably a little heavy on the alcohol but probably more suited for longer aging. Drinking in 2013 but I'd still leave it a few more years as it still has plenty of structure.
External Reviews for Mitolo Savitar Shiraz
The saturated blue/purple-colored 2002 Shiraz Savitar offers gorgeous aromas of white flowers, liquid minerals, blackberries, blueberries, earth, and tree bark. Ripe and full-bodied, with great intensity, this prodigious effort will require 2-3 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2018. Barrel samples of three 2002s revealed tremendous potential in what appears to be the finest efforts Mitolo has yet produced. There are 300-400 cases of each, and all three are scheduled to be bottled in October. Kudos to young importer (31 years old!) Ben Hammerschlag for unearthing these potential superstars.
The 2003 Shiraz Savitar is a prodigious offering. Made from 30- to 50-year-old Shiraz vines in the Willunga district of McLaren Vale, it was aged 18 months in 100% new French barrels and small foudres. This elegant Shiraz boasts an opaque purple color along with sumptuous blueberry, blackberry, and cassis notes intermixed with touches of white flowers, licorice, camphor, and graphite. A compellingly textured, rich, super-endowed red, it combines power with finesse.
Bordering on perfection is the 2004 Shiraz Savitar. Made from 30- to 50-year-old vines, and aged 18 months in 100% new French hogsheads as well as smaller barriques, it boasts an opaque purple color, and an extraordinary nose of acacia flowers, blueberries, raspberries, and blacker fruits, melted licorice, and graphite. It possesses amazing intensity, great equilibrium, a fabulous, multi-layered mid-palate, and a blockbuster finish. This extraordinary Shiraz should prove to be one of the legends of southern Australia's great 2004 vintage. Drink it over the next 12-15 years.