Sunday, 19 May 2013

Coriole Sagrantino 2009

This wine comes from the oldest Sagrantino in McLaren Vale which has now been leased by Treasury Wine Estate. The rumour was they were going to make a super premium Sagrantino with a 100 buck price tag. I like the idea as it brings this variety into focus. Coriole's version deserves that sort of attention.

Coriole Sagrantino 2009

While many wines from this variety in Umbria are massive this wine is more medium to full bodied. There is a beautiful crush herbs componant mixed with dried plums, red licorce and dark chocolates. The is held together with tannin and acid but they aren't full on like many of the Italian versions so it makes it easy to open now with a bit of air. The palate pulls long and open up after 5 days in the bottle so I still give it a bit of time in the cellar. If you want an authenitic Sagrantino experience then grab a bottle of this. I should mention that this comes from Oliver's Taranga Vineyard and the only difference between this, theirs and the d'Arenberg one is time on skins. Olivers spent two days on skins, d'Arenberg 10 days and this wine 14 days. I personally think this is the highest quality wine from this vintage. Watch out for the 2010 as it was a spectauclar year.

Alcohol: 14%
Price: $45
Rated: 89+
Drink: 2018 - 2040

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