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2012 Coriole Mary Kathleen Reserve Cabernet Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This is a remarkably elegant style of Cab Merlot that is 14% alcohol. There's lots of blackcurrant, star anise and a touch of mocha on the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and quite juicy, with plum and black olive flavours, licks of chocolate, sandy, fine tannins, and a plummy finish. This would be great with Mongolian lamb.

Winemaker's Notes

Mary Kathleen is named after family matriarch, Mary Kathleen Lloyd, one of the founders of Coriole. It is produced from three small, select vineyards on Coriole's estate, planted between 1968 and 1986. The wine was first produced in 1992.

A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. A dark and broody aroma of plum, chocolate and cassis. The palate is fine and elegant with mouth filling texture and subtle, refined tannins. A full flavoured and complex blend that will comfortably age for the next 10+ years.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

expert reviews about

2012 Coriole Mary Kathleen Reserve Cabernet Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
Excellence has becomes this wine's middle name. This is softer and more user-friendly than some versions but its intent is equally as serious. It tastes of dark, bitter chocolate and blackberry, saltbush and assorted dry herbs. Tannin is neatly tucked into the fruit but that's not to suggest there isn't a firm hand on the tiller; everything about this wine feels controlled and sure.
Drink by 2030
94
Gary Walsh (2012 Vintage) says
Plum, dark chocolate, aniseed and dried herbs, maybe something like oyster shell. Medium to full bodied, firm dusty tannin and almost tangy acidity, juiciness of fruit with some more salty and beefy flavours. Sweet fruit comes through on the finish, along with a seasoning of dried herb. More to come with this wine, even though it’s developing some mature flavours now.
2018 - 2032
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Long, elegant and very complete, this smooth and supple cabernet blend has a sweet perfume of violets, iris, cassis and dark plums tightly knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak and backed by meaty, smoky undertones. Its juicy, almost pastille-like cassis, blackberry and mulberry flavours are charmingly integrated with sweet chocolate/cedar oak and dusty, but firmish tannins that become more grainy with aeration, finishing with brightness and freshness.
2019-2023+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
93
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
A dive right, in deep dark red wine with powerful aromas of complex black and red fruit with cranberry cabernet, placing it right in the zone of modern McLaren Vale Cabernet blends.The palate is relatively forward so you can drink it now with a very soft wide mouth filling texture and deep black fruit and mineral flavour. It is long with fresh acid and soft layered tannins that are fine and youthful. The tannin acid balance will reward mid term aging.
Rob Geddes MW
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Bright colour; understated as always, with ripe cassis and a savoury brambly edge to the bouquet; fresh red fruits and fine tannins are in abundance, with a long and expressive conclusion the result.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
94
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
Scents of red flowers, sweet red and black berries and cedar/vanilla oak reveal nuances of underbrush, dried herbs and a suggestion of currant-like fruit. Drying and astringent, with a grippy spine of crunchy tannin, it reveals deep layers of blackberries, dark plums and cola knit with smoky oak, finishing with length and balance.The palate suggests evenly ripened fruit and the prospect of longevity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
93
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
An intense wine destined for ageing medium term. Has density fruit elegance and perfume in a full-flavoured style. Matures into a cedary raspberry cabernet at five years but can go much further as it has structure and density to match.
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Density, fruit purity and elegance and perfume in a blockbuster full-flavoured style. Matures into a cedary raspberry cabernet at five years but can go much further as it has structure and density to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Fine-grained, long and linear, with a depth and length of fruit that slowly emerges from the glass. Its fragrance of cassis, raspberries, small black berries, fresh cedar/vanilla oak is lifted by a fragrance of violets and dusted with a scent of dried herbs, a hint of meatiness and baked earth. Underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, it's long, vibrant and juicy, finishing with pleasing length and refreshing acidity. Very elegant, tightly honed and balanced.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
93
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A very elegant, polished and harmonious cabernet of medium to fullish weight and a fine, drying firmness. Its sweet, slightly jammy spectrum of blackberry, cassis, and dark plum flavour knits tightly with dusty chocolate-like oak, revealing undertones of dried herbs and cedar. Very restrained, with pleasing richness of fruit despite its finesse.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
91
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Density, fruit purity and elegance and perfume in a blockbuster full-flavoured style. Matures into a cedary raspberry cabernet at 5 years but can go much further as it has structure and density to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
An imperious wine that is presently fending off all suitors for her affections, yet will reward those who persist. There are layers of blackcurrant, dark chocolate and cassis over a bed of ripe tannins, all locked in an embrace.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
A strong vintage for Mary Kathleen, this is a structured, fine-grained, long-ageing blend with blackcurrant, Kalamata olive, tar and pitch flavours. It has good front-palate fruit definition and a honed, fine-grained, structured finish that will benefit from time to flesh out.
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Powerful full-bodied wine, with potent blackcurrant fruit and formidable tannins; unapproachable and, for 5 years at least, points nominal.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An elegant, finely crafted cabernet blend whose perfume of violets, dark berries, cassis and raspberries is neatly integrated with sweet fragrant oak. Smooth and restrained, its tight-knit palate reveals layers of small berry fruits, creamy chocolate/cedar oak and supple, dusty tannin, culminating in a persistent finish of freshness and focus.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
93
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Density, fruit purity and elegance and perfume in a blockbuster full-flavoured style. Matures into a cedary raspberry cabernet at five years but can go much further as it has structure and density to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-full-bodied; abundant depth to the blackcurrant fruit; high-quality, fine tannins run through the palate giving balance and mouthfeel; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Sumptuously flavoured, this finely balanced, smooth and juicy cabernet blend reveals an earthy slightly meaty bouquet of restrained blackberry, plum and cedar. Supported by firm, fine and drying tannin, its long and cedary palate of intense berry, plum and redcurrant fruit is tightly knit with sweet vanilla/cedar oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Density, fruit purity and elegance and perfume in a blockbuster full-flavoured style. Matures into a cedary raspberry cabernet at five years but can go much further as it has structure and density to match.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Complex flavours and texture; blackcurrant, spice and a touch of bitter chocolate; sweet, silky tannins; lovely, supple and smooth wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Fine and elegant, smooth and supple, this is a fine regional expression of the Bordeaux blend whose violet-like fragrance of blackcurrants, raspberries, dark cherries and plums are backed by a measured expression of tightly knit cedar/vanilla oak. Pristine and sharply focused, its penetrative red and black cherry/berry flavours are tightly knit with fine, drying and powdery tannins, finishing with lingering nuances of dried herbs.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Ultra-smooth medium-bodied wine; aromatic, sweet berry fruits, silky tannins; subtle oak; all in harmony.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
With a minty/menthol fragrance of cassis, dark plums and cedar/vanilla oak, this tightly-knit and powdery blend presents plenty of brightness and elegance. There's a hint of meatiness beneath is slightly jujube-like expression of sweet cassis like fruit, which extends fully down the restrained and moderately assertive palate. Neatly supported by polished and creamy oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
90
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
Minty menthol fragrance of cassis, dark plums and cedar vanilla oak, plenty of brightness and elegance. There's a hint of cola beneath the sweet cassis like fruit, which extends with moderately assertive tannins along the palate. Neatly supported by polished oak and still firm finishing.
Rob Geddes MW
92
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Re-release 2008. Complex and rich, with almost velvety structure unrecognisable from that first tasted in Oct '03; now a confident wine in the prime of its life, with a touch of regional chocolate an added extra.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
A balanced, structured red blend; firm, finegrained and elegant. Earthy, cedary aromas of red plums, red berries and cedar/vanilla oak reveal a hint of polished leather. Above its chassis of tightly knit tannins lies a long and supple palate of lingering sweet fruit and integrated, restrained oak, before a lingering and harmonious finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; a dense, ripe juicy/jammy/berry/minty bouquet, followed by a massively constructed palate, as only McLaren Vale can provide. The big surprise is that the alcohol is only 13.5°.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
88
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet is quite complex, with woody/briary/canopy notes, which disappear altogether on the palate, where solid berry fruit and some archetypal McLaren Valley chocolate flavours come through, finishing with balanced oak and good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
90
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple: a smooth but powerful bouquet with classic dusty cabernet fruit is somewhat unexpectedly followed by a remarkably sweet and luscious palate with masses of dark chocolate and blackberry fruit surrounded by soft, lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
92

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