A subsidiary label from Coriole, the Toa Shiraz is a sturdy, seemingly ageable red filled with plum and cassis fruit and garnished by a hint of vanilla. It’s earthy and solid, with a layered finish. Drink 2008–2012.
Starts with barrel-derived scents of coffee, maple syrup and smoke, but also exhibits aromas of cassis and just the merest hint of herbal complexity. The cassis flavors take over the palate, where the mouthfeel is creamy-smooth, buffered by soft tannins. Turns a little dusty and dry on the finish, sufficient to suggest 2–3 years of cellaring. Try in 2010.