`The Angela` McLaren Vale Shiraz

South Australia


  • Gold - Sommelier Wine Awards 2018


Mitolo is a family owned winery established in 1999 by Frank Mitolo. Mitolo's...

vision is to create individual, handcrafted premium wines built on passion and an uncompromising commitment to quality. Winemaker Ben Glaetzer became a partner in the business in 2001. The fusion of Frank's intimate knowledge of the land and business acumen with Ben's winemaking talent has led to the creation of one of Australia's most exciting wineries.

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The Shiraz fruit for this wine is sourced from Sandra's block, located about 5km south of Mitolo's Chinese Block. The soil and geology of this block differ slightly with less black Biscay clay and more alluvial Christies Beach formation. This soil type contains rocky fragments that have been sheared off the nearby hills and deposited in this soil millions of years ago. This soil type is free draining, resulting in less vigour over spring and more content vines in the ripening period. This leads to a brighter wine style with signature Mitolo Shiraz softness.

Vintage Information

Spring and early summer of 2015 were quite warm and very dry. Crucially, the majority of January and early February was abnormally cool, which allowed the fruit character to develop steadily. The usual hot and very dry weather followed straight after. As a result, the vintage kicked off a week earlier than normal and was fast and furious. While yields were reduced, the reds showed excellent fruit, colour and tannin. The resulting wines are precise, fresh and vibrant.


Shiraz fruit for Angela was destemmed and crushed gently, then pumped over once daily for around ten days. The ferment was kept cool throughout in an attempt to extract the tannins, colour and flavour very softly and to hold onto the pure fruit characters that are a signature for Mitolo. The wine was kept in a combination of about 10% new and one and two year old barrels, mainly of French origin, for 18 months before being blended. The final blend was clarified by racking only, and bottled in September 2015 without fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes

The Angela is deep, bright crimson in the glass. Blackberry, plum, and cassis perfumes blend with subtle mint and dried herbs. This Angela Shiraz is a true reflection of vintage, with the low yields producing concentrated wine of a more savoury nature and great structure. Blackberry, olive tapenade, tar and cassis flavours are balanced with bright acidity and subtle vanillin from oak ageing.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Syrah/Shiraz
Region South Australia
Winemaker Ben Glaetzer
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%