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2012 Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz

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The 'Lloyd' has been an Aussie flagship Shiraz since it's first release in 1989. The fruit comes off vines planted in 1919, so this is a deep, compact number. Rich aromas of dark berries, plums and dark chocolate waft out of the glass, whilst the palate is fleshy and fullsome, with sumptuous blackberry and fruitcake flavours, solid but balanced tannins, and a juicy, spicy finish. Cellar for a couple of years, or give it plenty of air and serve with roast red meats.

Winemaker's Notes

Shiraz is a great tradition in McLaren Vale, dating back to the 1850’s. Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is produced from a single vineyard at Coriole that was planted in 1919 - with the first wine released in 1989. The soil and roots are extremely deep and generally no irrigation is required. The wine is matured in French oak for approximately 18 months and then receives 18+ months in bottle before release. Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is one of Langton’s classified wines of Australia.

A luscious and layered aroma of plum, blackberries and spice. The palate is deliciously complex with nutmeg, cinnamon, rhubarb and plum. An elegant wine with great balance and restrained use of oak. A thoroughly concentrated and textured wine that will comfortably age for the next 10-20 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2012 Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Gary Walsh (2012 Vintage) says
From a single vineyard planted in 1919. Seems to be carrying a fair whack of oak, and while the fruit is up to the task, I’d rather a little less, perhaps. Coffee, vanilla nougat and resin, rich blackberry, liquorice, earth and tar with some mint chocolate in the background. Full bodied, lovely mouth-coating earthy tannin, classic richness of McLaren Vale on the mid-palate, balanced acidity, depth and a rolling blue and purple thunder of fruit. Slick of tannin on a very long finish. Showy wine as a youngster, yet with the modest earthiness of McLaren Vale prevailing. The more you leave it alone in the glass (or bottle), the more it reveals its quality.
2020 - 2040
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The slick of vanillin, resiny, coffeed oak is substantial and ultimately wins the day on palate. That said, if you'd like some fruit with your oak you get plenty here, with saturated plum, asphalt and jammy blackberry flavours roaring throughout. Assertive tannin sniffs the prevailing winds and enters with force. It's not much fun now but given (lots of) time it should perform.
Drink by 2037
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Full purple-crimson; absolutely in the heartland of McLaren Vale, redolent of medium-to full-bodied blackberry, licorice and plentiful dark chocolate; there is no issue whatsoever about the tannins, which are perfectly pitched.
To 2031
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep crimson; a massively full-bodied wine, shrouded in dense, dark fruits, the tannins and oak providing no release; the wine is balanced, but really has to be left for no less than 10 years to reduce it to manageable proportions. With the parameters of its style, very good.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
From a 1919 planting comes distinctive balanced wines with huge extract of silky soft tannins and carefully judged oak for the long haul. A distinctive style with full bodied ripe fruit and silky tannins yet retaining an edge of subtlety and poise to its generosity smoothness and firm tannin finish.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dense, opaque crimson-purple; precisely as the colour suggested, a full-bodied wine with a long future; a sumptuous mix of black fruits and some regional earth and mere trace of dark chocolate; obviously picked at its optimum prior to the heatwave, with no dead or overripe fruit whatsoever.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
3rimful of character and explosively flavoured, this exotically spicy, fiery shiraz reveals a heady, gamey bouquet of blood plums, blackberries and cassis lifted By a note of cracked pepper and backed by nuances of briar, mint and menthol. It's sumptuous, dark and brambly, deeply ripened but not overcooked, saturated with palate-staining notes of dark plums and berries, with a firm, almost furry backbone of drying tannin. Long and earthy, t finishes wild and meaty, with lingering notes of dark chocolate, soy and sour-edged fruit.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; deep, dark and inky, displaying mocha and an inordinate amount of black fruit; thickly textured and a little tarry, the tannins are plentiful and very fine; monumental but not the least bit heavy.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A very stylish, fine-grained and evenly balanced shiraz of genuine finesse. Scented with sweet red and black fruits and fresh cedar/vanilla oak backed by smoky nuances of charcuterie meats, cloves and dark chocolate, it also reveals suggestions of mint and mineral. Juicy, slightly meaty flavours of dark berries, plums and redcurrants accented by notes of pepper and spice knit tightly with a supple undercarriage of silky tannins, finishing long, smooth and deliriously sour-edged.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A masterly display of McLaren Vale shiraz at its opulent best, flush with black fruits and dark chocolate with exceptionally fine tannins running through the back-palate and aftertaste. It deserves a high-quality cork or a Diam.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An even deeper colour and better hue than the Estate Grown; more profound in every respect; dark blackberry fruit flavours intermingle with chocolate and licorice; a very long, balanced palate. Vines planted 1919.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
From a 1919 planting comes distinctive balanced wines with huge extract of silky soft tannins and carefully judged oak for the long haul.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; a totally delicious wine, opening with blackberry, anise, spice and dark chocolate; abundant flavour without the millstone of high alcohol; good oak in support.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An exemplary shiraz whose perfumed and spicy aromas of violets, cassis, dark plums, cloves and cinnamon are backed by sweet chocolate/vanilla oak and undertones of dried herbs. Supremely fine-grained and elegant, the palate delivers an intense, fully ripened and sour-edged expression of dark cherries, cassis and dark plums evenly matched by coconut ice/chocolate oak and framed by tightly woven powdery tannins. Superbly long and balanced, it finishes with a hint of mineral salt.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Beautifully structured wine, an exercise in restraint; smooth, supple blackberry, chocolate and tannin mix; clean finish. Wine-stained and creased cork a worry.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Slightly closed and meaty aromas of dark plums, cinnamon and cloves, backed by creamy oak. Its chewy velvet-smooth and multi-layered palate opens to reveal dark, spicy strata of blackberries, plums, chocolates, prunes and currants, culminating in an earthy, savoury finish. Impressively concentrated, rich and unctuous, it's a powerful but approachable package for the moderately long term.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Excellent purple-red; powerful, concentrated, lush, black cherry fruit offset by fine oak on the bouquet, then an archetypal McLaren Vale palate with concentrated fruit, tannins, oak and alcohol; will age.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Dark, dense red-purple; the bouquet offers a quite incredible essence of McLaren Vale chocolate, utterly delicious. The palate is likewise packed with dark Swiss chocolate, dark cherry, a hint of vanilla oak and long, lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Dark red-purple; the bouquet is powerful and concentrated, with dark bcrry/foresty fruits and subtle oak; the palate shows the same dark cherry and regional bitter chocolate flavours, with quite pronounced tannins and high total extract. Bred to stay.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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