Price:  £13.75 | Case Rate: £14.95
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Coriole - Nero d'Avola 2016/2017


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Grant Harrison
  • Grape: Nero d'Avola
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2017
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2014) JH: 93 (2014) WF: 92 (2014) Misc: 90 Stars (2014) Misc: 93 Stars (2014) Misc: 93 Stars (2014)

Wine tasting notes

The grape variety Nero d'Avola was originally selected in southern Sicily and suits warm climates. Coriole produces a fruit forward, early drinking style. A bright nose of sweet wildberries, sage flowers and aniseed. The palate is light to medium bodied with juicy plum and cherry. Fresh and clean with silky tannins and balanced acidity. Highly drinkable as a young wine.

Winery Information


The Lloyd family have been making wines in McLaren Vale since 1968; Mark Lloyd has now handed over the winemaking reins to his son, Duncan. Though well known for introducing to Australia a range of varietals with an Italian emphasis, Coriole’s bedrock is in the strength of its outstanding Shiraz plantings; indeed the Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is one of McLaren Vale’s greatest. The estate has started the process of organic certification, having farmed organically for many years.

Expert Reviews (2014)16.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2014 - Bottled five weeks ago. Just mid crimson. Pretty impressive varietal nose with sweet perfumed fruit, perhaps a little more perfumed than most and a hint of that tomato leaf. Sweet garden-herbs edge. Fresh blueberry fruit that is still a bit closed. Tangy finish with a tannic grip. Youthful style and ready now. Food compatible. (WS)

James Halliday (2014)93 pts

Bright colour; the joven approach used here (minimal oak, early bottling) has worked well, the fragrant fruit totally delicious, tannin and oak ghosts behind that fruit. Full of promise

Wine Front (2014)92 pts

Coriole has been kicking a lot of goals of late. This nero d’avola is another. It’s sweetly fruited, leathery but bright, and is awash with integrated, refreshing acidity. A ‘one glass isn’t enough’ kind of wine. It tastes of jubey boysenberry shot through with spice, dust and aniseed, and has plenty of grippy dryness through the finish. Not a big wine, but it makes more of an impact than its size would suggest.

Miscellaneous (2014)93 stars - "Semi translucent bright dark crimson red colour with a bright crimson red hue. Showing excellent intensity on the nose aromas of fresh ripe red cherries and dark raspberries are followed by some incense and spice. Juicy and inviting with medium body weight the palate delivers delicious flavours of dark raspberries, ripe red cherries and a touch of liquorice with a spicy finish. Fresh acidity with soft very fine grained tannins. Aftertaste of ripe dark raspberries, a hint of liquorice, subtle earth and spice. Drink over the next 1-2 years"

Miscellaneous (2014) - "Well hello! Fresh with a spring in its step, this is super food friendly and the type of wine which makes you sigh with disappointment that your one and only bottle has gone. This is the third vintage with 2012 being a trial producing only 22 dozen. Fast forward to 2014 and 600 dozen passed the labelling machine. And if Coriole keep making cracking juice like this, I suspect that 600 will multiply quickly. Red fruits, cherries, rose petals and perhaps a little potpourri jive about. Silky smooth with good drive, everything just falls into place with ease. My plan to open this and share with friends over a meal was thwarted all too quickly. In no time it was gone before the food hit the landing strip. That's a decent measure in itself I reckon."

Miscellaneous (2014)90 stars

Stuart Robinson, The Vinsomniac - "Made in a drink now, very approachable style - a 'Joven' Nero if I can license that Spanish term for what is a variety of Italian origin. You'd expect to see the style morph and finesse over time as the vines become established. Bright, forward, cherry and baked cherry pie; dried herb and aniseed add to the equation, but really it's all about the juicy red fruit freshness. Medium bodied, a juicy crunch of acidity; jubey, a touch of spice, easy tannin and cracked pepper. I just found it so easy going, so refreshing - yet with a little savoury tail offering a nice contrast."

Miscellaneous (2014)93 stars - "The wine is juicy with red plum and fresh cherry juice with some dried herbs and potpourri. The flavours dominate as the tannins are only just visible but the acidity to nice and bright. This all is balanced on a light to medium bodied palate weight. In general I would consider this a savoury style but it is more flavour forward with sweetness counter pointed with a hint of savouriness. "