Coriole Sangiovese 6pk 2018

Coriole Sangiovese 6pk 2018

Coriole Sangiovese 6pk 2018
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Winery Details

    The Lloyd family founded Coriole in 1967, and are considered pioneers in the McLaren Vale region, and visionaries in the planting of Italian and French varieties. Long before it was fashionable, Mark Lloyd developed vineyards of Sangiovese, Picpoul, Chenin Blanc, Nero d’Avola, and others, plus of course, Shiraz. They are considered one of the leading lights of the region.

Press Review

    Coriole Sangiovese 2018

    Deep red-purple colour, bright and young. The bouquet is very fresh and bright and loaded with fresh dark berry aromas, a tickle of star anise and a hint of dried herb and mixed spice. A lovely spectrum of aroma and flavour, the firm tannin spine perfectly balanced and running the length of the palate. Very long. Outstanding wine, a classic in the making.

    Rating: 96 Points

    Source: Huon Hooke (July 2019)

    Coriole Sangiovese 2018

    “The thing about Coriole Sangiovese, apart from it being very good, is that it tastes like Sangiovese, but from Australia. You can read that in your best James May voice, for fullest effect.

    Dark cherries, liquorice, dried herb and baking spices. It’s medium-bodied, saline and savoury, a suede-like tannin texture, succulent cherry flavour, a bit of juicy acidity, and a silky silty finish of solid length. Should age soundly too.”

    Rating: 93 points

    Source: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, February 2020

    Coriole Sangiovese 2018

    The original and still going strong. Classic sour cherry, dried herb and baked earth scented fruits give way to a fleshy, rich and ripe style of sangiovese with good tannins and acidity. It's bold but retains the variety's savoury personality.

    ...While many Italian varietals are now championed by winemakers with Italian heritage, it was a non-Italian, Mark Lloyd at Coriole, who really got the ball rolling. Lloyd was always keen to have a market garden of grape varieties extending well past the single vineyard of shiraz vines. He already had a lot of shiraz plantings, some dating back to 1919, and was looking to diversify, particularly into Italian wines. "I was also very anti-French at the time, as they were testing atomic bombs in the Pacific and taking no notice of Australia's protests," he says. 

    A tasting of some Italian wines, and advice from the international wine trade, sent Lloyd down the sangiovese path that now sees prosecco, fiano, nero d'avola, barbera, montepulciano and negroamaro planted on top of the original sangiovese planting, plus olive trees, from which he has bottled olive oil since 1989. "My move to sangiovese was due to a question in my mind: why don't we have any varieties from Italy?" Lloyd says. "One of the rare ones available was sangiovese. "Many local vignerons followed suit and today McLaren Vale is home to some of our finest Italian varietals.

    Coriole has also made huge leaps forward in that time with its sangiovese. Starting with a single clone, it now has nine planted in the vineyard, providing exceptional complexity and leading to the creation of its Reserve Vita Sangiovese in the best vintages. But despite their Italian origins, these are still distinctly Australian styles.

    "I never had the desire to recreate Italian styles," Lloyd says. "In my mind we want to explore the distinctive characteristics that suit an Australian table. These varieties have such wonderful range of characters and textures that makes them so exciting to have on the table." And as with all great Italian wines, Coriole succeeds in crafting truly food-friendly styles.

    Source: Angus Hughson, Wish Magazine (September 2019 Italian Issue)