For many years Coriole Vineyards has been one of the main proponents of this variety in Australia. It has proved to be ideally suited to the warm maritime climate of the region producing wines of natural ripeness and acidity. The current vintage 2008 is the 22nd release.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
Coriole pioneered this Tuscan red grape in McLaren Vale in 1985 and its version continues to be one of Australia's best. Classical red berry/ red cherry and Italian deli aromas are pure and direct, and it tastes savoury with a very dry, grainy backbone. Ralph Kyte Powell Epicure - The AGE 22 Jul-09
The coriole sangiovese is just like an old friend you can depend on; you know it will always be a good food match particulalry with roasts or Italian. It's quite savoury and smells of juicy, ripe cherries. Melanie Donny Hay Magazine Sep-09
Best Italian Varietal 93 Points & 4 1/2 Stars "The benchmark has once again re-asserted itself in the 2007 vintage. Sensatiol vibrant young purple colour, an instantly recognisable sangiovese with anise spiced cherry fruits easy on the oak. Beautifully ripe, it packs ripe berry and cherry flavour, a little chocolate oak here and a juicy kick of tannin through the middle - superb!" Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009, Nick Stock (Australia), 2009
Top 100 Wine $20 or Less & No 3 of Top 25 Merlot, Greche, Italian & Spanish Varietals $20 or Less 93 Points
"This is the twenty-first release of Coriole Sangiovese, which makes it a true Aussie pioneer of this wonderful Italian grape. It’s a more robust sangiovese than we’re used to, but none the worse for it. It’s rich and dark with cocoa, licorice, dark cherry, earth, flowering herbs and a slight menthol character. That’s a lot of different flavours! It’s medium to full bodied, with good weight and ‘toothsome’ chalky tannins. Balanced and long through the finish. Tasty plus." Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010, Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (Australia), May 2009
91 Points & 4 Stars "This has power of primary fruit. Raspberry, redcurrant aromas, fresh and clean, with savoury notes. It has the style of a modern Tuscan sangiovese. The palate has good fleshiness, length and nicely judged grip. Charming drink now and will build character with age." Gourmet Traveller WINE, Huon Hooke (Australia), April 2009
Winery Tasting Notes
At this young stage, the wine is guarded when first opened. With breathing, the smell of ripe, dark cherries emerges, promising big fruit to come. The nose has a touch of menthol, with cinnamon and basil. The wine shows a richness but with little apparent sweetness to the fruit.
The finish retains long, complex texture with enough natural acid to satisfy, and then clean white pepper takes over, savoury as required, with very fine dry tannin.