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Established by the Lloyd family in 1967, Coriole is family owned and operated and has established a reputation for being a dynamic and innovative producer. Sangiovese was pioneered in Australia by Coriole with the first plantings in 1985. Other Italian varieties such as Fiano have Coriole at the forefront of alternative varieties. Chenin Blanc & Shiraz have a long and successful history at Coriole, with the flagship, Lloyd Reserve Shiraz included in Langton's Classified Wines of Australia.

Coriole was the first to plant sangiovese in Australia ('85), this wine being its 29th consecutive release. Its colour is bright and clear crimson, the bouquet and palate riding high on a cornucopia of cherries of every description, the tannins ripe and interwoven with the fruit. A seriously good sangio. Drink by: 2030; Price: $27.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion

Medium to deep red to brick-red colour showing some development. This theme continues on the bouquet which is dominated by savoury dried herb and sousbois aromas, with background aniseed, while the palate is again mellow from development, savoury and dry, with earth-bound flavours of dried herbs, discreet spiciness, earthy and autumnal undertones. The tannins are quite firm - but ripe - and add the kind of structure that would enable it to stand up to flavoursome foods. Very good in a more Italianate, non-fruity style. Drink: 2017 to 2029; Price: $27.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review

Red fruits, whiff of fennel seed, sightly sour edged, raw almonds. Fresh, medium bodied, light rasp of tannin, slight warmth, good amount of depth, savoury and clean fresh finish of good length. Tasted : Jun16; Alcohol : 14.5%; Price : $25; Closure : Screwcap; Rated : 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Thirty years after first planting sangiovese in McLaren Vale, the Coriole winery still consistently produces one of Australia's finest examples of the variety which makes the sub-$30 price rather attractive. Deceptively pale red in the glass, this wine is full of typical sangiovese black cherry and dusty earth aromas, and is terrifically savoury in the mouth with fine, gently raspy tannins that make you crave garlicky, herby grilled steak. Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller Magazine

 

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