This masterful Shiraz is lush and velvety yet not overly soft—there’s a backbone underneath that should allow this wine to age easily through 2015 at least. Heady, concentrated scents of cassis mingle easily with smoke and vanilla, adding dense layers of chocolate and cinnamon on the palate. A long, mouthcoating finish confirms the wine’s quality.
This classy blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Merlot is full-bodied, dense and structured, with enough concentration and tannin to see it through at least 2015. Powerful aromas of licorice, plum and cassis set the stage, followed by bold cassis flavors backed by hints of cedar and vanilla.
Estate-grown; Coriole's flagship wine is the only one of their line to go through malolactic fermentation in barrels, rather than in open fermenters. Dark and meaty on the nose, this quietly powerful, sexy Shiraz has plum fruit at its core; the same plummy chord resonates on the finish.
New to the American market, and worthy of a splashy debut. Plum fruit is deep and muscular on the nose, while the palate offers lifted berry flavors along with softer, more plush plums. Juicy and well structured, and probably not unlike your other favorite big South Australian Shirazes.
A dark and hearty McLaren Vale Shiraz, with plenty of weight and tannin and concentrated cola, black olive and leather flavors. Hints of mulberry, cedar and vanilla lighten it just enough, but this wine could use another few years before entering its prime drinking window. Finishes long and richly tannic. Drink 2010–2020.
A perfect recreational player’s drive, right down the middle of the fairway, this wine neatly splits the range of flavors between savory and fruity, blending meaty, olive notes with mixed berries and vanilla. Long and lushly textured on the finish, like velvet. Drink now–2020.
This is a full-bodied, traditionally styled Shiraz, with dark flavors of plum and asphalt as well as scents of sweaty leather and vanilla. It's creamy in the mouth and long, with a richly textured finish. Drink now-2020.
Full-bodied, soft and cuddly, this is a comfortingly familiar Shiraz—easily accessible, filled with blackberry and plum fruit and with just enough complexity to bring drinkers back for second and third sips. Hints of licorice, cinnamon and mocha linger on the velvety finish. Drink now–2014.