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