2004 Mitolo Shiraz Reiver


  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Barossa
  • Barossa Valley
Drink between 2007 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 72

  • Guy Des Rosiers Likes this wine: 87 points

    October 31, 2017 - Dark garnet core. Unlike the Mast Rare Reserve Block I reviewed yesterday, this is very clearly from Australia. Loads of dark plum and Asian spice on the nose, with a bit of coffee; overall quite primary and fruit-forward. The oak is well under control, but the 15% alcohol is apparent. Medium- to full-bodied, balanced acidity, good length, though a bit hot on the palate. Impressive fruit intensity, still very primary. So far I'm quite impressed with how well most of these Australian wines have held up, but many of them do not show much in terms of improvement from the aging process. This was impressive, but I'm guessing I would have enjoyed it as much, if not more, a few years ago.

  • rmcnees wrote: 90 points

    February 17, 2017 - At twelve years, this is most likely nearing the end of its prime drinking window and will not improve any further with age. It is dark black crimson colored, full bodied and muscular with concentrated ripe, almost raisin flavored black fruits punctuated by tones of spice, black pepper and kirsch with a layer of vanilla, smoke, cured meat and graphite on a lingering fine grained tannin finish. This is a style Linda likes a lot but the obtuse fruit and non-fruit flavors are a bit overbearing for my preference.

  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: 94 points

    December 31, 2016 - God, what a gorgeous Shiraz! I was holding out for a while and glad I did, because this has grown into something very special. Tons of sediment, after about three hours in the decanter, things started getting awesome. Aromas of cured olives, garlic, pepper, beef broth, all on top of deep but tart dark plums and black currant. Full-bodied and rich but the tannins still provide smooth structure and there's some fresh acidity to keep it all together. Black currant and plums are laced with cured meats and black/green olives, campfire smoke, tart, black pepper glaze, all sorts of herbs and spices. Man, high-end Mitolo with 10+ years on it is quite a thing.

  • Mlermontov wrote: 92 points

    December 5, 2016 - plum, plum liqueur, ripe and serious off the bat. touch of medicinal herbs. mid is ripe but balanced. oak fully integrated. chewy black fruit. great acidity keeping it fresh. lovely note of fresh cracked black pepper on the back. Showing development but still quite young and fresh (bought on release and cellared)

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  • JBVino wrote:

    October 17, 2016 - no notes and suffering to recall consumption from a couple of weeks ago. nonetheless did not live up to prior bottle.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    2/5/2008 (link) 92 points

    (Mitolo Shiraz Reiver) Black red violet color with cherry meniscus; mulberry, caramel, cinnamon nose; smooth concentrated black fruit, lower in acidity; medium finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/29/2006 (link) 95 points

    (Mitolo Shiraz Reiver) Blackberry liqueur, sexy nose; very tasty, concentrated, blackberry, berry, plum palate; long finish (with one number #1 vote and three number #2s, this was our 2nd rank wine of the night)

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Mitolo
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation Reiver
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Barossa
  • Appellation Barossa Valley
  • UPC Code 836974000018

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  • In Cellars 380 (50%)
  • Consumed 387 (50%)

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