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Coriole Sangiovese

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Sangiovese - where have you been all my life? I mean this is the grape that has it all - loads of fruit, plenty of interest and matches to food, especially Italian, like a dream. If you have never tried Sangiovese before, then why don't you start with the best?

Winemaker's Notes

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 proved to be ideally suited to the warm maritime climate of the region.  The fruit is sourced from some of the oldest producing Sangiovese vines in Australia.

A typically aromatic Sangiovese nose - bright red fruit, cherry-cola and bitter chocolate. 

The palate is fresh and displays cherries, redcurrant and earth.
A medium bodied, savoury wine that has fine balance and good length.

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Coriole Sangiovese

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Coriole has spent almost 30 years pioneering sangiovese in Australia, and 2012 captures the varietal signature of this Italian variety as well as any I can remember. Its savoury and textural personality is epitomised in tangy red cherry and strawberry fruits, olive and tomato flavours, underlined by confident structure of firm, fine tannins, completed with seamless persistence and classic sangiovese acid line.
2017 to 2027.
94
Angus Hughson (2009 Vintage) says
Bursting with very ripe damson plum fruit with a faint earthy edge. Dry open knit with varietal sour cherry pip fruit and grainy tannins, it is a generous and very regional style finishing with good length
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
With red liquorice, tomato bush and raspberry flavours over an impressively medium-bodied palate of fine, firmly structured tannins, this is varietal sangiovese of restraint that meets the brief with pizza and pasta dishes.
Wine 100, October Issue 2011
91
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
The intense sour cherry characters that drive the bouquet and palate are 100% varietal, as are the savoury tannins. Shows the experience gained over 23 years since Coriole pioneered the variety.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A very sound, firm and varietally correct wine with deep vibrant and layered qualities and excellent fresh acids, length of flavour and structure. Ripe aromas of cherries, plums and rustic, earthy notes are backed by suggestions of leather, blueberries and bright floral notes. It's long and drying, with a rich, weighty presence of meaty, sour-edged fruit tightly knit with a dusty chassis and lingering dark chocolate notes. A step up in dimension and structure for this label.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
One of the best local efforts with this variety, understated wine with tight structure that should be decanted to show the red cherry and savoury nori seaweed-like fruit of the variety good depth and a burr of firm tannin to finish.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
91
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
The benchmark has once again re-asserted itself in the 2007 vintage. Sensational 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!
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
The cherry fruit of the bouquet flows into the fore-palate, before savoury, powdery but insistent tannins run through the finish; dead-set Italian-food style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Bright purple-red; clean and clear black cherry aromas; plenty of black cherry and raspberry fruit depth; nice tannins, best yet for Coriole.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
91
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A finely honed sangiovese whose appealing and varietally correct qualities are presented in a precisely focused, tightly astringent and savoury wine. Its perfume of plums, red and dark cherries is floral, dusty and earthy, with meaty undertones. Supple, smooth and sour-edged, its pure core of vibrant fruit is backed by meaty, earthy undertones, framed by fine-grained and drying tannin, and finished with delightfully refreshing acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A vibrant and genuinely varietal sangiovese whose lightly spicy cherry and plum-like aromas are backed by earthy undertones and a hint of oak. Long, firm and savoury, its assertive palate of sour-edged red cherries and blood plums knits tightly with sinewy tannins, leaving just a hint of menthol at the finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
91

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