(2010 Vintage) Each parcel of fruit for G.A.M. was fermented on skins for 10 days at cool & warm temperatures. The cool temperature assists in making the finished wine more approachable and the warm temperature gives more structure. G.A.M. uses a blend of the two. The wine was then pressed and underwent partial barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation before racking.
Ripe in flavor and jazzy in style, with boysenberry and gentle tarry flavors gliding smoothly over polished tannins and lingering on the harmonious finish. Drink now through 2012. Score - 90. (Harvey Steiman, www.winespectator.com, Web Only, 2009)
Heavy body, tangy against the tongue, fruity aroma, dark berry flavour
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) The Shiraz lineup begins with 2006 Shiraz ldquo;Jesterrdquo; which was aged for 12 months in French and American oak. Like the Cabernet, 20% dried grapes were included in the blend. Purple-colored, it offers up an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, smoke, pepper, and blueberry. Medium to full-bodied and supple-textured, the wine has a forward personality with layers of spicy fruit and some elegance. It is for drinking over the next 10 years. It is an outstanding value.
Wine Advocate(2006 Vintage) "The 2006 Shiraz 'G.A.M.' (the initials of the Mitolo children) was aged in French and American oak, 60% new. Opaque purple in color, it has an aromatic array of roasted coffee, violets, lavender, pepper, Asian spices, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. In the mouth it is velvety-textured, deep, concentrated, opulent, and altogether hedonistic. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2026."
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 143 on Oct-02
Wine Advocate(2001 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 143 on Oct-02