Coriole Reserve Release
TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2012
For only the second time, we're pleased to simultaneously release all three of our Reserve wines from the same vintage; Lloyd Reserve Shiraz, Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot and Vita Reserve Sangiovese - all from the 2009 vintage.
Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is produced from a single vineyard that was planted in 1919. This is Coriole's flagship wine. Our first Lloyd Shiraz was released in 1989. This is rich, opulent, well rounded McLaren Vale Shiraz that will reward further cellaring.
Mary Kathleen was first produced in 1992 and is named after one of the founders of Coriole. It is normally a blend of two vineyards at Coriole which includes just three rows of Merlot. It is often an elegant style and acts as a contrast to the more robust Lloyd Reserve Shiraz.
In 2008 and 2009 these vineyards did not reach the required quality. Just as we were contemplating missing two vintages of MK, a parcel of high quality fruit was offered to us from an excellent organic grower in the Adelaide Hills. This wine reflects the change of region with an elegant, soft, nicely textured style. 65% Cabernet and 35% Merlot.
Coriole was an early pioneer of Sangiovese and released the first wine in 1987. Vita is a selection of the best performing vineyard of the vintage. In 2009 the original 2 acre vineyard (planted in 1985 at Coriole) was the standout. There have been 5 releases since 1987. The 2009 vintage gave us well rounded, balanced wines. Vita '09 reflects this with leathery/red fruit characters.
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