Price:  £14.95 | Case Rate: £14.16
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Coriole - Sangiovese 2016


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: McLaren Vale
  • Wine Maker: Grant Harrison
  • Grape: Sangiovese
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2019
Duty/Vat Paid
JR: 16.5 (2013) JS: 90 (2014) JH: 95 (2013) WF: 92 (2012) Misc: 92 Stars (2012) Misc: 4 Stars (2012) Misc: 93 Stars (2012)

Wine tasting 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. Typical Sangiovese on the nose - red fruit, dark cherry, earth and mineral. A medium bodied wine that with a little air shows raspberry and plum. The finish is long and even with fine grained tannins, some varietal grip and balancing acidity.

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 (2013)16.5 pts

Tasted Nov 2014 - Mid ruby with orange tinges. A Chianti Classico lookalike, with a leafy Sangiovese nose, bright cherry and savoury edges and a little bit of that beginning of tarriness. Lifted orange peel with air. Perhaps not the depth you have in classic Chianti, but it certainly can stand on its own. Tangy cherry palate and fine drying tannins. Really seems lighter than the indicated 14%. Pretty long and nervy. (WS)

James Suckling (2014)90 pts

February, 2016. Vibrant red cherries and leafy sappy notes, this has a playful youthful appeal. The palate delivers a gently drying, savory red cherry impression. Tannins are nutty, ripe and neatly expressed. Good balance, drink now.

James Halliday (2013)95 pts

The '85 pioneer of sangiovese in Australia. Vine maturity is obvious, starting with the healthy colour, then continuing through with tastes of just about every cherry in the book, rounded off with a balanced helping of savoury, but fine tannins beckoning fine pasta or a risotto.

Wine Front (2012)92 pts

Some wines are very easy to recommend. Black fruit, almond, iron filings, aniseed. Smells great, tastes good too. Medium weight, rugged and chewy, with plenty of oomph and dark berry/dried herb flavours. Length is good. No complaints. Tasty from top to bottom. Fine value and an authentic expression of grape and region.

Miscellaneous (2012)93 stars

Andrew Graham, - "Finding genuinely interesting Australian Sangiovese is tough work. Sure, we have a proliferation of dry reds masquerading as Sangiovese, but very few wines get the fruit/tannin balance right, and even fewer manage to achieve that savouriness of good Tuscan Sangiovese.Of course that situation is changing, particularly with the proliferation of better clones (more Brunello clone) maturing vines and better oak/extraction regimes. Still, it is a slow process.All of which makes this wine exciting. Fittingly, Coriole have some of the oldest Sangiovese plantings in Australia (dating back to 1985) and have been putting considerable effort into refining the Sangiovese (in particular) over recent years, so it's probably of little surprise that it would be here that we'd start to see encouraging signs.The appeal here methinks is just how varietal it is - sure, Jefford may decry varietal correctness as some sort of global homogeneity to be avoided but there is an unquestioned joy to be had when you smell a Sangiovese that actually smells like Sangiovese grapes. And this smells like Sangiovese grapes.From the outset there is that famous 'forest berries' aroma telltale along with olive tapenade and a hint of roast lamb. The palate too is dry and, wonderfully, driven by gritty, sandpaper tannins that start at the front of your mouth like proper Brunello tannins. Sure, the slightly broad mid-palate and highish alcohol brings you back to earth again, but gee everything else about this is dry, savoury and very serious.A triumph of a wine, at a ridiculous price. Sure the score isn't sky-high, but in context this is an absolute winner."

Miscellaneous (2012)4 stars

Redtobrownwinereview - " Coriole’s Sangiovese is one of those wines where the grape variety and region are both evident, and the synergy between the two is typically something that is lovely to drink. In fact the 2012 is rather beautiful, and perhaps the best vintage of this wine yet.Lovely, ripe fruit with berries tending towards sour cherry as it travels along the palate. Texturally it feels like a Sangiovese with prominent acidity that integrates well over a couple of days, and that drying tannin that is so appealing. Mind you there’s a juiciness here as well. Notes of aniseed, spices, and orange peel give it complexity. Yummy earthiness to finish. It needs another year or two but I could drink lots of this. Great value too. "

Miscellaneous (2012)92 stars - "Deep dark red colour with dark red hue. The nose offers up scents of dark cherries, subtle cedar, earth and spice. Medium weight with good generosity the palate possesses flavours of ripe dark cherries over some earth and cedar with a spicy back palate. Dryish solidly built tannins assert their presence. Medium to long aftertaste of dark cherries, earth and spice"