Marsican 2016

McLaren Vale


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 fathers enduring influence and guidance. 

Marsican Shiraz is a blend of the finest barrels from three distinct single vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. Situated near the cooling breezes of the Gulf St Vincent, these three vineyards are the source of the prized single vineyard Shiraz’, Savitar, G.A.M. and Angela.


A prized blend of Shiraz from Mitolo’s finest barrels from three distinct sites which each speak so loudly of a harmonious and unique interpretation of the south western pocket of McLaren Vale delivering an opulent and brooding style of Shiraz – just a few miles from cooling breezes of the Gulf St Vincent – the wine is sourced from the single vineyards of Savitar, G.A.M., and Angela.
Savitar: 45 year old vines, Chinese block, Aldinga sub region.
G.A.M.: 45 year old vines, Chinese Block, Aldinga sub region.
Angela: 30 year old vines, Sandra’s Block, Willunga sub region.


Each parcel of fruit for Marsican is fermented on skins or approximately ten days. Parcels are fermented quite cool, which helps to preserve the bright fruit characters without extracting any hard or bitter tannins from the skins and seeds. After ten days the wines are gently pressed and run down to oak barrels, of which 100% are new, stored for eighteen months after which each barrel is considered for the final Marsican blend


A distinct purity of dark brooding fruit on the nose. Cut plums and blackcurrant with hints of spice and earthiness. Impeccably balanced palate, fine grained tannins and flashes of white pepper. Will benefit from cool careful cellaring.




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"Terrific complexity and tremendous length"

Wine Advocate - May 5, 2021

"A barrel selection chosen from a couple of vineyard blocks, the 250-case production 2016 Marsican Shiraz exudes richness. Loaded with mocha and dark berries, accented by vanilla and dried spices, it's full-bodied and velvety yet not overly soft or plush. Possessed of a gentle but steady structure, terrific complexity and tremendous length, it should drink well for up to 20 years." - J.C. 

"Powerful and robust"

Wine Spectator - July 19, 2021

"Powerful and robust, with black licorice and tar overtones to the spiced plum, cocoa powder, dried blackberry, blueberry and sage notes. Offers chewy, dense tannins, plenty of aromatics and oomph on the long finish." - M.W. 

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