Coriole Vineyards Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Other White Blends from McLaren Vale, Australia
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- screw cap wine
Coriole Semillon Sauvignon Blanc has been produced since 1995. It is a fresh fruit style where the wonderful base of McLaren Vale Semillon gets aromatic lift with Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The Semillon comprise fruit from the Coriole vineyard, a Coriole neighbour and that from a third McLaren Vale vineyard. The Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills. This old world blend is particularly well suited to the maritime climate of the two regions.
This wine has a rich bouquet with very fresh flavors. The Semillon gives a great base and texture with the zest of Sauvignon Blanc adding liveliness and a crisp finish. The blend gains by exploiting the best characteristics of each region and what it offers each grape variety, giving more interest and complexity than many varietal Sauvignon Blancs. This blend has fresh fruity aromas of lycee apple and quince. It is a dry style with fullness and long texture. There is a distinct apple scent in the aftertaste. With its fresh clean fruit-driven flavors, this wine is ideal with seafood and fish, white meats, cream pastas and antipasto.
Coriole Vineyards was established by the Lloyd family in 1967 in hills overlooking the McLaren Vale wine region and Gulf St Vincent. The area is one of Australia's oldest and best-known wine districts.
Most of the vines on the 38 hectare (98 acre) property were planted 25 or 80 years ago. Additional Lloyd family vineyards nearby take advantage of district climate and soil variations.
Grant Harrison, 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 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 earths over limestone, good winter rainfall and the moderating influence of the sea have made Coriole a popular premium wine maker of the McLaren Vale district.
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About McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area with the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which contributes a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
In McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the most-planted grapes of the region. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the region are excellent.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
1 rating, 1 with review
I'm definitely more of a red wine drinker, but now and again, I like a nice, fresh white. This IS that nice, fresh white! Light and fruity, this is very crisp with a fine, full flavor and a complex mouth feel for a white. The aftertaste is, for a white, long and full. Definitely recommended!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.