Mitolo Marsican Shiraz

Mitolo Marsican Shiraz

  • Shiraz
  • Australia, 750ml

"Exhibiting powerful aromas of black and purple fruits with smoked game, cedar, chocolate tart and toasted spices on the nose. It’s magnificently concentrated, offering exceptional depth and opulence with plush texture and beautifully melded tannins, finishing superbly long and dramatic. It’s compelling and commanding with indestructible structure, yet refined and soothing at the same time with seductive sophistication and complexity." Sam Kim

  • Winery: Mitolo Wines
  • Varietal: Shiraz
  • Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Closure: Cork
  • Food match: Lamb roast, beef, game meat, pork & pepperoni; tuna & salmon; pizza; BBQ & heavy red sauces; bleu-veined cheeses

Named after the rare Marsican bear, native to Frank’s father Bruno’s homeland, Abruzzo. The same bear can be seen in the night sky over Italy forming the Ursa Major - a constellation that has been a navigational reference point for ages. Marsican is a tribute to Frank Mitolo’s heritage and his father’s enduring influence and guidance.


The essence of Mitolo Wines can be traced back centuries through generations of viticulturalists. Hailing from Italy’s Abruzzo region, the Mitolo family migrated to South Australia in the 1950s with a hardworking ethos and a strong connection to the land. Embodying the motto of Abruzzo – forte e gentile or strong and gentle – Mitolo’s proud Italian-Australian heritage is deeply engrained in the range, striving to make remarkable wines full of character and elegance.

In 2000, Mitolo made its first Shiraz, and two years later its first Cabernet Sauvignon. Since that time, Mitolo has championed these two varieties with fruit from some of McLaren Vale’s finest vineyards. Whilst building its reputation for premium Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon offerings, Mitolo expanded its range to include several Italian varieties paying homage to the family’s roots.

In 2017, Mitolo Wines opened its Cellar Door and Osteria. Surrounded by vineyards, set on Turraparri Creek, and overlooking the Mount Lofty Ranges, the unmatched serenity is open to be enjoyed by all. 


Mitolo Wines’ fruit is sourced almost exclusively from the Lopresti family vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia. First planted in 1982, the vineyards are located in the coastal districts of Sellicks Hill and Aldinga, with prized holdings in the tightly held sub-district of Whites Valley – the source for Mitolo’s esteemed Classic and Icon Series wines.  

The Lopresti family harvest fruit across five distinct blocks in this small belt between the Mount Lofty Ranges and the cooling Gulf St Vincent. Each block has its own unique soil profile and microclimate, leading to intriguing nuances to the fruit and ultimately, the wine.

Located only a few kilometres from South Australia’s pristine coastline, these vineyards make up over 200 acres of prime Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache plantings. In recent years, further plantings of traditional Italian varieties have been established including Vermentino, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola, Glera and Pecorino.


Luke Mallaby joined Mitolo Wines as Winemaker in 2021, after twenty years working in some of the world’s most prestigious regions including Barossa Valley, Yarra Valley, Rheinhessen, Santa Barbara, and of course McLaren Vale. Prior to joining Mitolo Wines, Luke was Head Winemaker at Rosemount Estates, which brought him to McLaren Vale in 2018, where he quickly fell in love with the region’s Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

“McLaren Vale excites me. The region is blessed with a complex tapestry of soil types, changes in topography, and that beautiful maritime climate. Each pocket of land expresses something unique, and unique is something we at Mitolo do very well.

Our wines are all individually expressive and resonate strongly with me for the elements they bring. We have world class Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon made in different styles, great parcels of Grenache, and an array of Italian varieties which I find so inspiring to work with.” Mitolo Wines

  • 97/100 Points - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate (2016 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Maryann Worobiec, Wine Spectator (2016 vintage)
  • 93/100 Points - Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion (2016 vintage)
  • 97/100 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2015 vintage)
  • 96/100 Points - Joe Czerwinski, The Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
  • 96/100 Points - Jeremy Oliver (2014 vintage)
  • 94/100 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2014 vintage)
  • 92/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2014 vintage)
  • 91/100 Points - The Wine Front (2014 vintage)

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