About 15 years ago we purchased a 20-acre vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. It features sandy soils over clay, and hadn't been managed very well - with its sandy, free-draining soil, the previous owners had pumped it full of water and fertiliser, and grew varieties that weren’t suited to the region. Over the next decade we worked to bring life back into the soil. The wines improved in quality each year with a style distinctive to the sub-region.
Peter and Duncan Lloyd had a desire to explore wines showcasing this vineyard's terroir, introducing varieties suited to the gently north-facing, late ripening site. The DUNE label was born. The vineyard was planted with varieties such as carignan, cinsault, sangiovese, grenache and grenache blanc. The first DUNE wines were released in 2016 and since then the range has expanded to include a variety of blends and single varietal wines that are driven by a fresh, aromatic style that this vineyard delivers.
"I am smitten by these wines. I writhe in agony about not having given them higher points and not buying more – the latter purely due to a cellar full of wine and only a brief time left to drink more than a token quantity of it. This isn’t a part of the Coriole winery brand per se, but it certainly has the commitment of the Lloyd family, as well as its sense of humour." - James Halliday, Best New Wineries List, 2018
If you would like to find out more about DUNE wines, visit the website at www.dunewine.com. As a special offer to Coriole customers, enter the code CORIOLEPRESS at checkout to receive 10% off your order.