Thursday, May 20, 2010


- McLaren Vale, SA
- $67-$90
- Cork
- 14.5%alc

I'd have no hesitation in saying Coriole's Lloyd Reserve sits comfortably in the company of McLaren Vale's top 3 or 4 wines. Coriole's crowning achievement is trademarked by a level of elegance, harmony and finesse matched by few if any makers of McLaren Vale shiraz.

Coriole's 2006 is just beautiful to gaze upon in the glass; with deep, dark, inky colour it unfolds to an artfully measured nose loaded with bright berry fruits, plums and gentle cinnamon spices, with fresh and fragrant chocolate/vanilla oak adding the human touch. Its aroma reflects regional qualities of a very high standard. On the mouth it's velvety, supple and ethereal, as its exquisitely ripened palate unleashes a great depth of explosive regional fruit flavours harmonised by smooth chocolate and vanilla/cedar oak. With penetrating vitality it leaves the mouth long and fresh with traces of sour-edged, meaty, peppery fruit and polished, silky tannins which grip with an accentuating tightness around its superlative length of fruit.

ü+ I'm a bit behind on this (as the 2007 has just been released) but it really must be said; Coriole's Lloyd Reserve rises up as a star performer from the quality 2006 vintage. More style than Clark Gable cruising the streets of Monaco in a 1929 Bugatti. Drink to 2020.
96 points

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