Each parcel of fruit for the Shiraz “G.A.M.” McLaren Vale Mitolo was fermented on skins for approximately 10 days at controlled cool temperatures, to help preserve bright fruit characters without extracting any hard or bitter tannins from the skins and seeds. After being gently pressed and run down to French oak barrels (60% new), the wine was then matured for 14 months before blending and bottling.
The G.A.M. Shiraz comes from the Lopresti vineyard, and more specifically the Chinese Block, which is located at the southern end of McLaren Vale east of the coastal town of Port Willunga. The soil here is heavy grey loam mixed with black Biscay clay and sits above ancient Gnaltinga formation clay. This combination provides ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance. The climate here is maritime, with dry, warm, sunny days in the growing season and a fresh sea breeze that cools the air overnight.