So at the end of work today I decided to take home the last bits of the bottles to compare against the samples that I have been sent. The Coriole wines were all tasted tonight but the others were tasted over a prolonged period. Firstly I work for Coriole but I only applied for the job because I loved the wines that they produce, particularly the Sangrantino and Fiano. These tasting notes will be head to head so no scores. Wait until my article is released and I will post the full notes.
Coriole Vita Sangiovese 2007 v Alpha Box and Dice Blood of Jupiter Sangiovese/Cabernet 2007
While they both have a lovely sourness to them with an underlying earthiness the Vita takes it up a notch with its breadth and depth. Are they Italian? Well they are brilliantly complex with loads of savoury friendliness. These are my top eight for the country.
1. Coriole Vita 2007 $50
2. Sutton Grange Giove 2008 $50
3. Alpha Box & Dice Blood of Jupiter 2007 $45
4. Pizzani Coronamento 2004 $120
5. Pizzani Sangiovese 2008 $25
6. Coriole Sangiovese 2010 $25
7. Castagna La Chiave 2008 $70
8. Lucy Margaux Sangiovese 2009 $60
One zero Coriole
Coriole Estate Shiraz 2009 v Wirra Wirrra Woodhenge 2010
Even though the Coriole drinks rather nice the Woodhenge has spectacular length and balance. Is in unfair to judge against two different vintages? Well no as they release their wines at different stages.
Coriole Barbera 2010 V Alpha Box & Dice Enigma 2010
This is the hardest to judge as they both have a beautiful balance in a medium bodied style. What wins it over for me is the spread across the palate. You will have to give them a bit in the bottle
Coriole two McLaren Vale one
Coriole Tempranillo / Samual's Gorge Tempraniollo 2010
Coriole didn't even have one so they forfeited. Does it matter that Coriole focuses on the Italian varieties? Not at this stage in the game.
Two pieces all.
Coriole Sagrantino 2009 (this was a preview as it will be released in 2012)/ Oliver's Taranga Sagrantino 2009
These are both beautiful wines but the Oliver's doesn't have the tannin structure to hold itself against the wine from Coriole. If you want to drink it now or in the next 10 years you have to love tannin.
Coriole three and the Vales two.