Top 20: High-scoring McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the Top 100 Wines of 2019: ‘Jester’ 2016 from Mitolo: case of 12 bottles
The Wine Merchant ‘Top 100 Wines’ 2019
92/100 James Halliday MW
90/100 Wine Spectator
This delicious, high-scoring McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the wine trade’s Top 100 Wines of 2019. It’s the 2016 ‘Jester’ from Mitolo, which bursts with flavour. Silken, savoury and medium bodied, the flavours are of ripe cassis, followed by a complex mix of savoury notes with cigar-box, bramble and earthy undergrowth that really fill out the mid palate. There’s higher toned red fruits as well, with a lovely, tight spine of acidity really drawing out the palate. Notes Wine Enthusiast: ‘Plump red and black berries are warmed by cumin and a leafy, stalky character. Grainy, savory tannins prop up the ripe fruit. While this is a big wine, it is structured and balanced.’ Another top scorer this year, the wine is reminiscent of a Ripasso and goes wonderfully with roast lamb. Drink now to 2028. Case of 12 bottles.
RRP £260. CCUK £198.