Coriole Vineyards Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 1997

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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): Shiraz

Localization: McLaren Vale, Australia

Tasting notes: Deep ruby/purple red color. The nose is complex and displays spicy pepper and vanilla characters with floral/violet hints. The palate is rich and full of great structure. Spicy flavors of pepper and nutmeg balanced by well-integrated oak coat the palate and linger on the finish.

The Domain: Coriole Vineyards was established by the Lloyd family in 1967 in hills overlooking the McLaren Vale wine region and the Gulf St Vincent. The area is one of Australia's oldest and best-known wine districts.

Most of the vines on the 38 hectares (98 acres) property were planted 25 or 80 years ago. Additional Lloyd family vineyards nearby take advantage of district climate and soil variations.

Grant Harrison, the winemaker, has at his disposal a small winery offering a choice of state-of-the-art equipment and traditional techniques.

Coriole has a landmark cottage garden spread around a heritage-listed barn and cottage dating from the the1860s constructed of local ironstone.

The spectacular views from Coriole are framed by an ancient range of hills running down to the sea. Mainly red earth over limestone, good winter rainfall, and the moderating influence of the sea have made Coriole a popular premium winemaker of the McLaren Vale district.