A stellar showing, the 2004 Mitolo Shiraz G.A.M. is still young and fresh with vibrant, pure black fruits, coffee bean, violets and flowers on the nose. I love the lift and clarity to the wine and it showed beautifully over the two days the bottle was open. On the palate, it’s full bodied with stunning balance, a lush, full texture, fresh acids, juicy fruit and a long finish. Given where the ’03 is right now and how much younger this wine seems, it could have a long life ahead of it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this still going strong in another 10 to 12 years. Impressive!
Aged 18 months in primarily French oak, the 2004 Shiraz G.A.M. is an exceptional example of a precise yet full-flavored, concentrated Shiraz. Its gorgeous perfume of blueberries, blackberries, camphor, licorice, and pain grille is followed by an inky/blue/purple-colored wine offering superb purity, full-bodied richness, and gorgeous depth as well as texture. This fabulous effort is another example of Ben Glaetzer’s brilliant talents. It should drink well for 15 years. (RP)
Deep colour, excellent hue; concentrated and rich red and black fruits, and plenty of dusty tannins. *Five Stars*
Full-bodied and lush, this hedonistic Shiraz easily hides its elevated alcohol level (15%) behind layers of concentrated plummy fruit. Hints of coffee, herbs and spices impart complexity, so this isn’t a simple fruit bomb. Long and focused on the finish, with well-concealed structure that keeps the fruit from becoming jammy. (JC)
Named GAM after the Mitolos’ children Gemma, Alex and Marco, and the first wine made, back in 2000. Very sweet, almost floral nose with good lift and no heat despite its 15%. Very slightly inky on the finish. Still a bit severe but should eventually provide lots of pleasure.
Firm, with juicy blackberry, cherry and tar flavors on a a tightly wound frame, finishing with refreshing acidity. Built for the long haul. Give it time to soften. (HS)
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