2013 Coriole Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot

McLaren Vale, SA

An excellent cellaring proposition for those who want Cabernet that will go the distance.


Mary Kathleen is named after family matriarch, Mary Kathleen Lloyd, one of the founders of Coriole.

Mark Lloyd, owner

About The Wine

The Mary Kathleen Reserve Cabernet Merlot is one of the trio of Reserve releases from iconic McLaren Vale estate, Coriole.

This is compiled of a selection of the best fruit grown across the Coriole vineyard. It's a wonderfully structural wine style, built for the long haul in a cool, dark cellar.

While Shiraz and Grenache get the lion's share of kudos in the Vale, there are some wines like this that remind us that there are exceptional Cabernets in the region, if you know where to look.

The 2013 was rated an excellent 95 points by Gary Walsh of The Wine Front, his emphatic approval of the more rugged and robust style produced by Alex Sherrah and team, writ large.

About Coriole

Coriole is a McLaren Vale institution.

It's a winery with two sides. On one hand, they craft classic regional versions of Shiraz and Cabernet which are exemplary. On the other, they have been a trailblazer for emerging varieties (Italian varieties, in particular) in Australia. 

Owner and winemaker, Mark Lloyd was one of the first in the country to experiment with Sangiovese and Fiano and has been hugely influential in bringing these varieties into the Australian wine zeitgeist.

Today, Mark's son Duncan has taken over the winemaking duties and the experimentation with emerging varieties continues. Nero d'Avola, Negroamaro, Piquepoul have come into the fold.

Coriole never stands still. They are trailblazers that have had a huge impact on the changing face of modern Australian wine.

The stunning Coriole vineyard
The stunning Coriole vineyard
McLaren Vale, SA

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"This smells good. Oak is in the background and adds a little nutmeg and spice over the core of black and purple fruit. There’s something of a violet perfume too, and a suggestion of black tea and clean earthiness. Full bodied, thick with ferrous tannin, sweet tobacco and deep black fruits, well settled acidity and a long ruggedly tannic finish. Such pleasure here, even as a young wine. They’ve built this to last, and they’ve built it well. Superb Cabernet of resonance and impact." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Mary Kathleen is named after family matriarch, Mary Kathleen Lloyd, one of the founders of Coriole. It is usually produced from three small, select vineyards on Coriole's estate. The wine was first produced in 1992.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Visionary vigneron, Mark Lloyd
Visionary vigneron, Mark Lloyd
McLaren Vale, SA

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