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Shake things up (McLaren Vale, South Australia – 11/04/2013)

No other region in South Australia does wine marketing better than the McLaren Vale. They have been producing quality wine there longer than any other region in the country and this has been well communicated all over the world.  There are great soils, a stable climate and sufficient old-vine material to make a European blush. Brands cover the whole gamut; iconic, commercial, boutique and cult. Their wine tourism is some of the most sophisticated I have seen, not to mention diverse in terms of cellar door offerings. Yet when I first visited in early 2011 as a trade guest I left as underwhelmed as I had already been. In some ways this is because I felt that not only were they focusing on varieties that are so common in Australia and the world, but they were also producing them in an outdated and inelegant way. These are not wines that excite me, nor are they particularly exciting younger consumers who crave difference, particularly from wines their parents drank. The thing that did excite me was the number of producers starting to work with alternative varieties, experimenting and diversifying to find different expressions and compliments to the environment. A shame that so little emphasis was placed on this on our program. For this reason I was interested in returning to visit some producers who are focusing on new vines and wines in a somewhat stale wine region.

McLaren Vale at its best

McLaren Vale at its best

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Coriole – 11/04/2013

Fiano 2012
Nice bright crisp slightly oily aromatics, intense but also friendly. Soft round generous but full texture, mouth- filling and bold fresh fruit, good weight without fat or sweetness.

Nero d’Avola 2012
Cherry ripe, dark earthy red fruit sweetness, raspberry muesli bar. Very light soft and a bit thin, consistent with bouquet. Showing some nice savoury notes but a little out of balance.

Barbera 2011
Nice bright dark fright but some sharpness and hints of floral elements. Full fruit but on the sharp side, long and persistent acids, good lines and expressiveness, could possibly do with a bit more fruit.

Sangiovese 2011
Light bright colour. Classic aromatics, raspberry and tomato, juicy bright and fresh. Soft full fresh, intense but clean and bright, possibly a touch warm. Extremely adaptable with food and also pleasing to many palates.

Vita Reserve Sangiovese 2009
Dark and oaky, more like Shiraz in character, international winemaking nose. Depth character weight and extension, soft round but appreciated acids. A much more premium wine, certainly hallmarks of Australia on it.

Sagrantino 2009
Tight and talcy, intense red fruits. Very powerful and intense expression but not heavy aggressive or cloying, explosive fruit and tannin with balanced alcohol, nothing getting in the way.

Cotiole tasting

Coriole tasting

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