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The Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is the flagship Shiraz for Coriole in McLaren Vale. Made from an ancient vineyard planted in 1919, this is the crème de la crème of old vine fruit from this highly acclaimed estate. The wine is built for longevity. Here, the 2013 looks set to roll through the next two or three decades with grace and style. The power. The precision. The refinement. The 2013 received 97 points from James Halliday and 95 points from Gary Walsh. An excellent vintage for the Lloyd Reserve, one of the great wines of the Vale, and a worthy addition to the finest cellars.
What it Tastes Like
"Dense, brooding and compact wine: it feels almost rude to disturb it now. Blackberry essence, liquorice/aniseed, freshly lathed cedar wood, amaro herbs, spice, rich dark earth. Full bodied, wall to wall shag-pile carpet of tannin, crunch of fresh blackberry acidity, salted beef and liquorice, thundering finish of super length. It’s a black hole of a wine!" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
97 points. "97yo vines, hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 12 days on skins, matured in French oak (20-30% new) for 20 months. What a treasure trove the McLaren Vale has with vines/grapes/wines coming from ancient vines that signal all is well. The strength of the message is so powerful and clear you wonder why the Scarce Earth programme occupies such effort and time, unfairly taking attention away from the glory of wines such as this." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 95 points "From a vineyard planted in 1919. Some amazing old vine resources in Australia. I’d have this in the cellar over Grange in a heartbeat, though maybe that’s just me. Dense, brooding and compact wine: it feels almost rude to disturb it now. Blackberry essence, liquorice/aniseed, freshly lathed cedar wood, amaro herbs, spice, rich dark earth. Full bodied, wall to wall shag-pile carpet of tannin, crunch of fresh blackberry acidity, salted beef and liquorice, thundering finish of super length. It’s a black hole of a wine!" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Shiraz is a great tradition in McLaren Vale, dating back to the 1850's. Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is produced from a single vineyard at Coriole that was planted in 1919 and the first wine released in 1989. The soil and roots are extremely deep and generally no irrigation is required. The wine is matured in French oak for approximately 18 months and then receives 12+ months in bottle before release.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2040
About the Producer
Coriole is a McLaren Vale instutution. One of the first in the country to expreiment with alternative varieties, they are true trailblazers of the industry and one of our favourite producers.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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