Sangiovese was pioneered in Australia by Coriole Vineyards with the first plantings in 1985. It provided a contrasting style to Shiraz, the great tradition of McLaren Vale. It has proven to be ideally suited to the warm maritime climate of the region.
The Vita is a selection of the best performing Sangiovese vineyard. Coriole has many small vineyards of different clones and soils. Interestingly different vintages favour different vineyards.
Vita is a small bottling that is only produced in exceptional vintages.
- SA - McLaren Vale
- South Australia
"Now comes with a screwcap, as do all the Coriole top end wines – including Lloyd Reserve. Smells great. Dried cherry and redcurrant, mint/aniseed, floral notes – something like Nebbiolo at first I thought, but settled back to Sangiovese and certainly tastes like one. Medium bodied with firm acid and tannin – combines positive varietal attributes of grip and freshness to classic effect. Subtle leather flavours in there and a finish of excellent length. Feels good. Genuine and unforced. Distinctly Italianate in its delivery without losing its regional accent. Impressive. "
Rating 94 - Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au (JUN/2012)
"Although its not from a particularly extensive Hall of Fame of best-ever SA Sangiovese wines, this is certainly the star so far. The most experienced and dedicated practitioner of Tuscanys justly famous grape, Corioles Mark Lloyd has been plugging away for over two decades to get a red which captures the essence of the great Sangiovese wines of Tuscanys famous Chianti, (Vino Nobile di) Montepulciano or (Brunello di) Montalcino zones. This is a wine of size and concentration, and showing aromas and flavours of dark cherry, prune and coffee grounds, all desirable Sangiovese traits. Its well shaped, framed by seemingly older rather than intrusive and perfumed new oak, and is seen right out with a correct, tingling and drying savoury finish. This is a confident and poised local version of an Italian classic, and well worth a place on our tables." David Ridge, Adelaide Review 01 Oct 12
"If you have time. Make sure you open this wine early and really let it have some air. In the past, I’ve had this wine under cork where there was immense variation, but now it’s all good under screw. It smells of Sangio but it also smells of its region, which is important, this is Australian Sangiovese after all, and a sense of place is everything in a premium wine like this. It smells of bitter herbs, a touch of cherry, bitter dark chocolate and brackish undergrowth. It’s certainly varietal but true to the Vale with the rich terroir of the region shining through. There’s a core of dark cherry and blackberry, but this is a wine defined by it’s firm grainy tannins that fill out the sides of the palate while pert acids cut through. I’m trying it without food but I’m sure it would benefit an Italian feast." Patrick Haddock - www.winingpom.com.au (AUG/2012)
"Corioles Mark Lloyd planted sangiovese in 1985 and in good seasons makes a reserve bottling under the Vita Reserve label. He says its from the best performing vineyard of the vintage. In 2009 he made the fifth Vita reserve, sourced from the original 0.8-hectare vineyard. Its fleshy for sangiovese satisfyingly full, ripe and fruity. But savoury, firm tannins cut through the fruit, giving Vita the bite, thrust and elegant structure the variety produces at its best." Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times (JUL/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
A typical rustic nose of Sangiovese with aromas of bitter chocolate, redcurrant and crushed fennel seeds.
The palate is medium bodied with a soft creaminess and fresh cherry. The finish is long with characteristic savoury tannin.