Coriole have some of Australia’s oldest plantings of sangiovese, with vineyards dating from 1985. Being partial to sangiovese, a grape variety that Australia has mostly struggled with, the older vine Coriole sangiovese naturally caught my attention.
Unfortunately, and despite wishing that the position were otherwise, I didn’t find this wine particularly commendable. The 2011 vintage is a light to medium intensity ruby in colour, and opens to a medium intensity aroma of packet cherries, earth and what I will describe as “weeds in water”. This latter weedy character is particularly evident. On the palate, this is a lighter style of sangiovese, lacking the structure and tannin profile of the heartier versions that I prefer, with candied cherries to the fore, and only the briefest of length evident. While perfectly adequate, this is not a style of wine I seek out and it is hopefully a victim of the wet 2011 vintage in the McLaren Vale. Acceptable