Wine Ranges - Italians
The first Coriole Sangiovese released was the 1987 vintage. This was followed by Nebbiolo and Barbera. Coriole planted the first of the good clones of these varieties that were introduced into Australia. Later came the first commercial plantings of Fiano, from Campania near Naples, and most recently the Sicilian variety Nero D'Avola . These varieties are planted for two reasons. Firstly, they make such new and different styles of wine that go particularly well with food. Secondly these varieties may in fact prove to be ideally suited, or in the future, better suited to our climate.
Italian varieties tend to have common attributes and clear differences from French varieties. Red wines tend to have more orange shades and less purples and pinks. There is also less thick riper fruit characters in comparison to French varieties. Experimentation continues and yet another variety is at present in Australian quarantine where it needs to remain for checks and testing for at least 2 years before one vine is released for propagation at Coriole.