Monday, December 10, 2007

Review and Rating: ****+ Coriole Shiraz, 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia


The Coriole Shiraz from McLaren Vale in Australia is built from grapes harvested from 15- and 35-year-old estate vines.

In the glass, this is very deep red, almost opaque. Aromas are full and lush with rich fruit and oak. On the palate, a big bold lushness is the first thing you notice. Layers of flavor keep following one another, from deep chocolate to sweet velvet to lively berry. They merge and mingle into a substantial finish. Outstanding. Four and a half stars out of five.

The Adelaide Review gave this 91 points and said, "It has a mixed bag of dark berries with a flash of spices running through the fruit, ripe, sweet and a little raw. It is fresher and more vibrant than many previous releases. The palate tastes of peppery red fruits with some deeper, liquorice flavour, offering soft ripe tannins and an easy balance. Best from now to 2012."

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