Great wines reflect their place of origin, and speak of the grape variety from which they are made. To achieve this goal Coates Wines has a no compromise approach to craft wines that blend the best in Australian and European winemaking styles, to bridge the gap between the fruit-driven Australian style and the savoury, complex wines of Old World Europe. The vineyards used to make the wines that bear the Coates label express purity of flavour that allow regional and varietal characters to be clearly articulated.
This is McLaren Vale meeting the northern Rhône on its own terms. Full bodied, but savoury. Sweetness of obvious fruit, mercifully avoided. The clutch of reduction handled deftly, imparting tension and a sense of freshness across the mid palate. This is how to do it! Dried nori, jamon, tapenade salinity and violets. There's a core of unadulterated blueberry sweetness tempered by clove, cardamom and a skein of peppery acidity threaded long. Drink to: 2028; Price: $30.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
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