McLaren Vale, Australia
Shiraz has been Coriole’s principle variety and flagship wine since the first bottling in 1970. Coriole Shiraz is 100% Estate grown and the average vine age is 50 years old.
The 2016 Estate Shiraz offers abundant aromas of mulberry, dark cherry bitter chocolate and subtle hints of mohogany and gamey meats. The moorish palate is bright and engaging showing plump dark fruit and red berries and savoury earthy notes, framed by elegant yet persistent tannins. A medium to full bodied Shiraz displaying quintessential McLaren Vale dark fruits, and spice.
A classic dish for a classic wine – try with a rare roast beef, with a healthy level of marbling scotch fillet stays beautifully tender and juicy. Serve laden with pepper sauce and all the usual trimmings.
This wine is made in the traditional manner; fermented in open tanks and hand plunged, and matured in French oak hogsheads. The Estate Shiraz has impressive fruit intensity, yet is elegant and will reward further cellaring.
Recently, I had the opportunity to go to Australia; and I landed in Melbourne. An absolutely beautiful city, with the Yarra river running through it, I found it to feel like home. Exploring, I found many bottle shops with Australian wines I’d never seen State-side. But, I found a great selection at a fantastic department store called David Jones. Reminding me of Herrod’s in London, this is the kind of retailer that I love. Everything under one roof. Clothing on the upper floors and food (think grocerant) in the basement floor. There, also, was a very nice wine selection. A step above the Melbourne bottleshops, and probably a step below or on-par with the Melbourne specialty shops, David Jones came through with not only a qualified selection of very good wines, but also a sale! WineChumps love a sale on wine!
Best Price: AU$32.00
David Jones (Melbourne Location: Bourke Street Mall)