2016 Coriole "Estate" Shiraz McLaren Vale

SKU #1432680 95 points James Halliday

 Most of the estate shiraz vines are now 50yo; some 100yo vines were also employed. This is a silken release, fresh as daisy too, with plum, cassis and redcurrant flavours lifted by notes of violet. A gentle creaminess to the texture doesn't hurt a jot. When you reach for a bottle of McLaren Vale shiraz you're hoping it tastes like this, and as good.  (5/2018)

92 points James Suckling

 A suave, soulful wine that really cuts to the core of the magic combination of flavor and vibrancy. The palate is succulent, supple and juicy with smooth and chalky tannins carrying dark plums and a lick of spices. Drink now.  (6/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Shiraz shows plenty of complexity in its aromas and flavors of cherry and raspberry fruit in combination with hints of sage, bay leaf, graham crackers and roasted meat. Medium to full-bodied, it's smooth in texture, with silky tannins that focus and prolong the mouthwatering finish. It should drink well for up to a decade. (JC)  (1/2019)


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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/16/2019 | Send Email
The Coriole “Estate” Shiraz is sourced from the Lloyd family’s original estate vineyard as well as the vineyard they planted when they first purchased the property in 1967. The soils here are classic Austrlian Terra Rosso over limestone and likewise, the estate Shiraz is classic McLaren Vale. Bigger and richer than their Sparta Shiraz, it has plenty of ripened black cherry and savory elements along with a delicate bouquet of spice notes. There’s just a touch of softened, fine tannins that give additional weight and power to the glass. When you consider the fact that this wine is only made from heritage vines that are 50 to 100 years old, and the end result is $20 beautifully handcrafted wine, its difficult to see this as anything other than absolutely amazing value.

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale