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Mark Lloyd awarded the 2017 Len Evans Award

We are proud to report that Mark Lloyd has been presented the 2017 Len Evans Award for Leadership in the wine industry over the last 40 years.

'Len Evans holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Australian wine lovers. His forthright views and refusal to compromise meant that many of us came to accept the notion that life is indeed too short to drink bad wine. He had a clear sense of purpose, the unbounded confidence to set directions, and the verve and charisma to inspire others - and take them along for the ride. He was, in short, a leader.' Peter Forrestal

So it's clear to see why our own Mark Lloyd should receive this award. His contribution to the Australian wine industry over the years has included many triumphs, and as with all who are brave enough to try new things and push boundaries, a few flops.

Coriole has a special place in the Australian industry as a serious producer of Shiraz, but Mark has also worked tirelessly to introduce a more diverse range of grape varieties into the country including Sangiovese (1985), Fiano (2001) and Picpoul (2011). He made revolutionary advances to the Australian olive oil industry in 1989, improving the knowledge and quality of table oil exponentially with the introduction of a centrifuge decanter, the first of its kind in the county. His contribution and unwavering support for the arts, music in particular, has lead to the development of one of the countries most celebrated weekend long chamber music collaborations (the Coriole Music Festival) in Australia, amongst other unique and traditional annual events held at Coriole.

'Zar Brooks says that Mark Lloyd suffers from the fear of missing out. He doesn't seem to have missed out much; and in doing what he believes needs to be done or what he wants to do, he has pointed the way for others to follow.' Peter Forrestal

Congratulations Mark, here's cheers for being brave and true!

Welcome home Duncan!

Coriole has appointed Duncan Lloyd as winemaker.

Coriole has been owned and operated by the Lloyd family for almost 50 years, and third-generation family member Duncan grew up living on the estate.

Duncan has joined Coriole following five years at Logan Wines in Mudgee, NSW, has worked for Australian wineries in Margaret River and Tasmania, and has international winemaking experience in Germany, Italy and France.

“I’m very excited be joining the business which I have seen grow from my childhood, and to continue the work of the family before me.

“It is a privilege to join a dedicated and talented team and work together toward achieving the goals of maintaining and improving the quality of our wines across the board, and continuing to look for winemaking and viticultural innovations that Coriole has become known for.

“Coriole is home to me, but also represents a unique place to share. A place for the wider community to experience the hospitality, produce, scenery, music, food and great wines.”



James Halliday

James Halliday has awarded our latest range some great scores.

Some highlights include:

97 points - 2013 Lloyd Reserve Shiraz
97 year old vines, hand-picked, destemmed, open-fermented, 12 days on skins, matured in French oak (20-30% new) for 20 months. Savoury toned, full-bodied, ripe and concentrated and yet, there's this line of definition and detail.

96 points - 2015 Sangiovese
Its colour is bright and clear crimson, the bouquet and palate riding high on a cornucopia of cherries of every description, the tannins ripe and interwoven with fruit. A seriously good sangio.

95 points - 2016 Fiano
Tip-top fiano with its heady aroma of mandarin, lemon rind and honeysuckle then it teases out a raft of flavours onto a palate full of texture such as Mediterranean herbs, creamed honey, flinty with chalk-like acidity the final touch. Boom.

Coriole Music Festival 2016

The Coriole Music Festival is a rare opportunity to become immersed in a weekend of outstanding chamber music. Each of the three concerts has a rich array of performers and repertoire. This seventeenth annual Festival, programmed by former Adelaide Festival Director Anthony Steel, features the music of Mozart, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Britten. It also offers superb meals and matching Coriole wines in the beautiful McLaren Vale winery region of South Australia.


Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May 2016
Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia

The annual Coriole Music Festival (CMF) is a weekend-long celebration of exceptional chamber music performed in Coriole’s acoustically superb Barrel Room. This highly successful Festival will bring together some of the finest musicians from around Australia to present an exploration of the wonderful music of Mozart, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Britten and others.

Artists include Banff International String Quartet Competition winners Tinalley String Quartet, award-winning pianists Daniel de Borah (Australian National Piano Award) and KonstantinShamray (Sydney International Piano Competition 2008),splendid award-winning soprano Morgan Balfour and acclaimed tenor Andrew Goodwin, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal musicians oboist Celia Craig, violist ImantsLarsens and bassoonist Jackie Hansen.

CMF Music Director Anthony Steel is well known as an acclaimed festival director who has made a lasting contribution to the cultural life of Australia. He has drawn on a lifetime of musical knowledge to program this festival that promises an outstanding weekend.

He says, “One of the challenges – and joys – of putting together a Coriole Music Festival is the matching of the repertoire with the musicians who will perform it. The contrast between the music of Mozart and that of three great 20th century composers, and the affinity of the performers for these works has, I hope, produced the kind of stimulating program that Coriole audiences both demand and deserve.”

Program highlights include Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 5, Vaughan William’s song cycle On Wenlock Edge (settings of texts by A.E. Housman) and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major.

The musicians and the audience will join together for a sumptuous supper or long lunch following each of the three concerts. Coriole Executive Chef, Tom Reid will prepare meals from local produce with many ingredients sourced from Coriole's own organic garden. Mark Lloyd of Coriole will offer some traditional wine styles as well as rare varieties to complement the food. The Coriole Music Festival is a rare and iconic chamber music experience.


Coriole Music Festival

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 May 2016
Concerts & Meals: Saturday 7 May 11am & 5pm and Sunday 8 May 11am
Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia



Weekend packages are $380 per person. Saturday & Sunday packages are also available.Package prices are inclusive of all meals and wines. or phone 08 8323 8305
Enquiries phone 08 8323 8305 or email


Coriole Music Festival 2013


Spring Affair 2015

Live music all day across Coriole, Paxton and Maxwell, music includes Indie band Sparkspitter, DJ Arlow & Mr Buzzy with your favourite hits from the 80's, 90's and Adelaide’s best cover band Full Circle!

Sunday 4th October

Get into a pulled pork, barra or falafel bun with slaw, fish n chips or a wood fired pizza and wash it down with a few cheeky wines.

$30 gets you three sessions at three wineries, pick your own itinerary by the winery you would like your first session to be at, tickets available here.

Get a group together and book a bus with Des and receive a 10% discount if you use the code DESAFFAIR, 08 84401600 // Make sure your bus driver has a copy of your timetable!

If you are stuck in the city, grab a ticket that includes transport from The Maid hotel, Seven Stars Hotel (SOLD OUT), The Havelock Hotel, The Prince Albert Hotel or Republic at Norwood.

Monday 5th October

FREE ENTRY ALL DAY AT CORIOLE 11AM-5PM music by Conchillia. Festival food all day & From Humble Grounds pop up coffee, hula hoops, frisbee, lawn bowls, jumpy castle, henna, free face painting, Handmade knitted cacti, enclosed terrariums and kokedama moss balls by Sellicks local Amy Gilbert , ice-cream, fairy floss, oh the fun!

Bring your friends and your family down for a day in the garden. Jump onto the Coriole or Spring Affair Facebook page for more details. Or email


Winter Degustation 2015

Our head chef Tom Reid is at it again, this time with Coriole's Winter Degustation for 2015. Join us on Friday 14th of August for fantastic food and matched Coriole wines.

Winter Degustation Menu at the Coriole Courtyard Restaurant
Friday 14th August

Featuring new and current releases.

Canapés from 6pm for a 6.45pm sit down

On Arrival
2013 Prosecco & beetroot cocktail with Woodside buffalo curd

2012 & 2015 Fiano
John Dory & leek pithivier ‘pie’, Coffin Bay oyster cream

2007 ‘Vita’ Sangiovese & 2014 Sangiovese
Adelaide Hills Venison ‘Bloody Mary’

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
12 hour braised kangaroo tail, pickled red cabbage, honey glazed parsnip

2007 & 2013 Estate Grown Shiraz
Pastrami bavette, baby root vegetables & poached beef fillet

Coriole Vintage Port
The last days of the Autumn chocolate forest floor

$125 per person

Please inform us of any dietary requirements

Bookings through from July 6

Wine Maker: Alex Sherrah
Head Chef: Tom Reid

Autumn Degustation

Join us on Friday 1st of May for our Autumn Tasting Menu. Six courses by head chef Tom Reid and matched Coriole wines.

Autumn Tasting Menu at the Coriole Courtyard Restaurant
Friday 1st May

Canapés from 6pm for a 6.45pm sit down

On Arrival
2013 bottle fermented Prosecco
Sour kohlrabi, puffed pork skin, wild radish rabe

2010 ‘Optimist’ Reserve Chenin Blanc
Kingfish bacon, kipfler pots, mustard cress, lattice chips

2013 Barbera
Smoked Tommy Ruffs, celery, apple, fennel & salsa verde

1990 Shiraz
Coorong Angus brisket, fermented black garlic aioli, nicoise salad

2007 Vita Sangiovese
Boudin noir, cocoa nibs, cauliflower, pear

Mistelle – 2013 fortified Chenin Blanc
Iced white chocolate parfait, strawberry, passionfruit, amoretti

$125 per person

Please inform us of any dietary requirements

Call (08) 8323 8305 and ext. 2 for reservations

Wine Maker: Alex Sherrah
Head Chef: Tom Reid

New Year's Day lunch

Celebrate the start to 2015 in style with a beautiful menu designed by Coriole head chef Tom Reid. Preview the menu below and then book to join us on the day.

All dishes are designed to be shared in a grazing-style menu. We can cater for all diets; please inform us upon booking if you have any particular requirements.

Set Menu for $60 per person

House baked sourdough, Woodside blue vein cultured butter & Coriole EVO
Chef's selection of Estate grown olives, roast garlic tapenade

Truffle buttered duck liver parfait, toasted brioche
Whipped Woodside chevre, pickled & roasted beets, cocoa nib crumble
Gin cured trout, fennel, cucumber, wasabi infused flying fish roe
Sprouting local lentils, Persian feta, broad bean mint salad

Milk poached pork belly, cauliflower, crispy kale & beurre noisette
Bitter leaf salad, honey & mustard dressing

Belgium chocolate bombe, summer berries, raspberry fizz

Open 12am to 2.30pm on New Year's Day

To reserve a table please email
Or phone 8323 8305 & press 2 for Restaurant

July 2014 Degustation Dinner

Something old, something new, our garden produce & excellent wait staff too!

On Arrival (5pm)

2014 Prosecco
Vodka cured Ocean trout sashimi

Long Table Degustation Hosted by Mark Lloyd & Alex Sherrah (6pm prompt)

2014 Fiano
Coriole Garden salad, Woodside Goat's curd bubble, Kalamata crumbs

Flight of Chenin Blanc: 2001 & 2013
Estate olive oil poached flathead, kol rabi, 'Moonlight' pig face

1996 Sangiovese
Roast pork, Adelaide Hill's foraged mushrooms, saltbush & Tasmanian truffle

2004 Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot
Once seared Port Lincoln Yellowfin tuna, smoked veal, cucumber, fermented black garlic

20 years of Lloyd: Lloyd Reserve 1990 & 2010
Porcini crusted Coorong Angus Beef, duxelle. roast cauliflower, Garden chard

1990 Chardonnay
Baked fermented apple, salted caramel, Granny Smith frozen sponge

$125 per person
Please advise any dietary requirements when booking
Head Chef: Tom Reid

Bookings: 8323 8716 and press 2 for restaurant or email for reservations.

Mediterranean Seafood Feast at Jolleys Boathouse

Iconic Melbourne Chef and Creative Director of Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Bondi, Paul Wilson, joins friend and celebrated Chef of Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant Tony Carroll to create a communal Mediterranean inspired four-course seafood feast celebrating SA's finest seafood with matching wines from Coriole.

  • Where: Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant - 1 Jolleys Lane, Adelaide SA 5000
  • Date: Thursday 1st May - 12:30pm
  • Cost: $120 per person inclusive
  • Bookings: Bookings are essential - please contact Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant directly on 08 8223 2891

Jolleys Boathouse Mediterranean Seafood Feast flyer

V14 Update

The growing season this year has seen every major weather event we could have had, baring earthquakes, locusts, and frogs. We've seen extreme winds, a tiny bit of frost, heat waves, and downpours.

Understandably we were a little worried how our vines would weather this tempest, but now that we are about a third of the way through the harvest, I am extremely happy (and relieved) to report that the quality has been outstanding, a testament to the climate, geology and varietal selection at Coriole.

The Chenin Blanc ferments are nearing completion and are showing beautiful lifted tropical fruit and sherbet citrus characters, the Fiano yields were slightly down but the flavour intensity is through the roof. We have picked the majority of our Shiraz and it is showing why McLaren Vale is the perfect Antipodean home for this Rhone variety. The sugar and acid balance has seen almost text book numbers, and the flavour and colour exudes.

We're chomping at the bit to get some of our Italian reds into the winery, Sangiovese is not far away, and it will be closely followed by Nero D'Avola, Barbera, and Montepulciano. A little bit more Nero coming on line this year will be fantastic as interest in the wine has been strong.

Apologies but the sound of a tractor bringing the Soloist single vineyard Shiraz grapes drags me away from the computer, to the cellar, full of a euphoric mix of ferment esters and just the right amount of carbon dioxide (seems this is collecting in my office).


Alex Sherrah,
Senior Winemaker.

Chef Tom Reid joins Coriole Vineyards restaurant

Coriole Vineyards has appointed renowned chef Tom Reid to head up its winery restaurant in McLaren Vale.

Tom brings his inventive style to the Coriole kitchen, with a keen focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Tom says he is thrilled to be a joining the team at Coriole and to be a part of the McLaren Vale community.

"I am extremely excited about joining such an iconic South Australian brand and team. I believe Coriole to be one of the best looking wineries of our state and look forward to bringing some new aspects of dining to an already much loved venue," Tom explains.

"We will be continuing the relaxed Coriole courtyard platters that are already such a hit and will be looking to add some garden inspired tasting dishes. These will be a shared table format and closely matched stylistically to the wines with matching suggestions."

Tom says the emphasis of the restaurant will be placed upon using Estate grown produce where possible.

"The Coriole organic vegetable garden was originally developed for workshops for the Willunga Farmers Market led by Elliot Coleman and Barbara Damrosch - well published authors and vegetable gardeners from Maine in the US. The gardens have been underutilised in recent years but now have a chance to flourish.

"The gardens here at Coriole are stunning; with fennel, rhubarb, onions, potatoes, herbs, citrus trees, figs, asparagus and much more at my disposal already," Tom says.

"We also have native saltbush, warrigal greens and chickens on site and I will be using these products plus discoveries on my foraging trips. I will be working with Melissa, Coriole's gardener, to really push the very challenging job of becoming as self-sufficient as possible." Coriole Vineyards general manager, Mark Lloyd, says staff at Coriole are excited by Tom's appointment.

"With almost two decades of experience in the United Kingdom, Dubai and Australia, Tom has a wealth of international experience but he is passionate about 'local' and discovering new foods and new tastes," Mark says.

"At Coriole we have a fantastic calendar of events such as Shakespeare in the Vines, Coriole Music Festival, Poets and Pizza as well as the Sea and Vines. With Tom joining us, we will be looking at adding to our food-focussed events with monthly 'Long Lunches' - degustation lunches matched to Coriole wines including back vintages and unique blends."

The Coriole restaurant is open for lunch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

For more information please contact:

  • Mark Lloyd, Coriole Vineyards General Manager, on 0403 057 700 or
  • Tom Reid, Coriole Vineyards Head Chef, on 0415 696 744 or

About Coriole Vineyards

Coriole Vineyards was established by the Lloyd Family in 1967.

Coriole is situated in the undulating hills of the densely planted McLaren Vale region just within sight of the sea and less than an hour from Adelaide.

The original farmhouses were built in 1860 and are now the epicentre of the garden and cellar door at the winery. The earliest vineyard, Shiraz, dates from 1919.

Shiraz is the great tradition of McLaren Vale going back over 150 years, and is the major variety planted on the estate. The first wine released was the 1970 Claret (Shiraz). Coriole has been an Australian pioneer of Sangiovese and Italian varieties since 1985. Coriole also established the first Fiano vineyard in the country after general manager Mark Lloyd picked this as the most interesting of the Italian white varieties that would suit McLaren Vale.

The Coriole restaurant is open for lunch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Diners can experience our regional food in the courtyard or - on a fine day - on terraced areas under the Mulberry, Moreton Bay, and Chinese Elm.

About Tom Reid

Tom Reid was born in Yorkshire, England. From an early age he developed a keen enthusiasm for food. After working in many of Yorkshire's top restaurants he joined a small boutique hotel chain - Hotel du Vin. HdV was founded by Robin Hudson (Chewton Glen) and Gerard Basset (World champion sommelier).

His culinary skills were recognised by these masters of hospitality and he was offered to open their new hotel in Henley-on-Thames where they were awarded a Top 100 UK Restaurants listing in the Tatler's guide. This was followed with stages at Giorgio Locatelli's Locanda Locatelli, St. John's in London as well as performing at the Taste of London.

From here Tom moved to Dubai to be part of the elite team at the world renowned 7 star Burj al Arab in the top floor signature restaurant Al Muntaha.

After experiencing the joys of working in a warmer climate, Tom decided to come to Australia in October 2008. He immediately fell in love with South Australia and its fantastic produce.

Since being in Australia Tom has been rewarded with recognition of steering Mantra on King William to a top 10 Adelaide restaurant. Has had his oxtail boudin dish featured in Gourmet Traveller as one of the 'hottest dishes of 2011' with notable international restaurants and followed that up the next year with another 'top 10 in South Australia' dish.

Following Mantra, Tom most recently worked with the team at Adelaide Hills restaurant Maximillian's, guiding them to be awarded two 'Knives & Forks' from the Advertiser in their opening year.

La Dolce Vita, Nov 24 at Coriole

Join us at Sunday November 24th for a tasting of our Italian range plus food and music at Coriole.

Between 11am and 4pm, visit for our exclusive release launch of the 2013 Nero D'Avola and 2013 Prosecco. Also on tasting are our 2012 Barbera (trophy and gold winner at McLaren Vale Wine Show), 2013 Fiano (gold at McLaren Vale Wine Show) plus a pre-release tasting of our 2009 Sagrantino.

Jordan Jeavons will be creating wood-oven pizzas to accompany our wines.

Entry is free but bookings are essential to confirm numbers. Book now online.

For more information, contact Amy via

Triptych: A weekend of concerts in September

Join us on September 14 and 15 for a weekend of concerts: Triptych.

Download the flyer here (PDF).

The three concerts are:

A HIGHLAND ODYSSEY - Scottish inspired lieder, art song and folk song presented by VARIOUS PEOPLE INC

THE LAST OF ENGLAND - Composer and Pianist Richard Chew premieres music from his new solo piano suite. Touches of Celtic music and jazz; presented by VARIOUS PEOPLE INC

THE VIRTUOSO - SERAPHIM TRIO is joined by brilliant trumpeter David Elton for this virtuosic program

Bookings can be made for tickets and pre-concert lunch platters by contacting Amy on or 08 8323 8305. Saturday and weekend packages are available.

More details available on our Triptych events page.

Coriole turning over a new stone!

Coriole Redstone has undertaken a bold, contemporary new look with the release of its 2011 Redstone Shiraz and 2011 Redstone Cabernet. The label was designed by young gun graphic designer Sam Barratt. The brief was to inject some impact and personality into the new package whilst retaining the Redstone story. Barratt explains...'Ironstone, also known as Redstone, is embedded in the history of McLaren Vale. The new Redstone package celebrates Coriole's old ironstone barn (built in 1860) which is now used as the Cellar Door. Bold, chiseled typography is a modern tip-of-the-cap to the craftsmanship of McLaren Vale's early settlers. Both wines are from the mild to cool 2011 vintage, a vintage that initially had several detractors - many who are now re-assessing their early observations. Mark Lloyd explains: "the vintage has produced some beautiful, elegant wines that are drinking well from an early age". Redstone is 100% McLaren Vale, sourced from Coriole's Estate and also some local growers. The wines are rich and full bodied but also generous and approachable.

McLaren Vale Scarce Earth

Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological, climatic and soil diversity of the region. All wines are produced from a single block / single vintage which represents a unique flavor and personality profile.

This is the third year of Scarce Earth and Coriole has two wines in the 2011 program.

Galaxidia Shiraz is a single block on Coriole's estate. The vines are approximately 15 years in age and the soil is terra rossa, red brown earth over limestone. The wine is rich and dense with weight and balance.

Willunga 1920 Shiraz is as the name suggests from the Willunga region of McLaren Vale and produced from a vineyard planted in 1920. The soil is alluvial and clay based. The wine is elegant, concentrated and complex.

Both wines are now available at Cellar Door.

Andy Kissane named as the 2013 National Wine Poet

Coriole Vineyards has announced the first National Wine Poet, Andy Kissane.

The National Wine Poet was selected after writers from around the country were asked to submit six poems in a national competition. The competition attracted 350 entries and was judged by Emeritus Professor in The Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, Chris Wallace-Crabbe AM, and South Australian author and editor Jude Aquilina, both prized poets in their own right.

Mr Kissane, a Melbourne-born, Sydney-based writer, was awarded a cash prize of $4,000 and will have his six poems featured on a new release Coriole wine. The wine selected is a 2011 Cabernet Shiraz, which is named after the winning poet. The wine is released as a six pack with each bottle featuring a different poem on the back label.

The Andy Kissane 2011 Cabernet Shiraz is a rich, soft McLaren Vale red wine with generous fruit - perfect to drink over dinner with friends while reading poetry.

Mr Kissane says he is thrilled to have won the National Wine Poet competition.

"It is great to be involved in this initiative. Wine and poetry are even better when shared, savoured and discussed," Mr Kissane says.

"The poems deal with a variety of subjects, from cycling along the Cooks River near where I live, to dropping that catch in cricket, to what happens when you cross ballroom dancing with Australian Rules football. There's an ode to rhubarb, a lyric in praise of fish and chips on Friday nights and parodies of some very famous poems in 'The Humble Sausage'."

Mark Lloyd, Manager / Winemaker of Coriole Vineyards says after releasing two previous Coriole Poet Series wines, this year Coriole decided to establish a competition to open the opportunity to all Australian writers.

"Our Coriole Poet Series has been a lot of fun, we have read many poems and we know a lot of poetry has been read at the table," explains Mr Lloyd.

"This year we decided to raise the tempo a little and select a 'national wine poet', and thus increase the profile of leading Australian poets."

The wine selected is, very appropriately, the quintessential Australian blend of Cabernet and Shiraz.

The National Wine Poet Series is a six pack of Coriole Cabernet Shiraz, featuring the poems Rhubarb, The Catch, The Fish Shop, Fancy Footwork, Cooks River and The Humble Sausage.
Previous poets featured in the Coriole Poet Series were Jude Aquilina and Peter Goldsworthy.

Coriole Music Festival is a Clash of the Romantics in 2013

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013 at Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale, South Australia

The 2013 Coriole Music Festival will be a "Clash of the Romantics" - treating guests to a weekend of fine music, food and wine in the beautiful McLaren Vale winery region of South Australia.

The Coriole Music Festival is a weekend celebration of outstanding chamber music performed in McLaren Vale winery Coriole Vineyards' acoustically superb Barrel Room.

The Festival, which is the 15th annual event, will bring together some of the finest chamber musicians from around Australia to present a fascinating exploration of the two opposing streams of German Romantic music that flourished from around 1850. The program highlights the seminal influence of Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is two weeks after the Festival.

Selected by Music Director, Professor Christopher Burrell, the program considers the view in the late 19th century that music had exhausted all its possibilities, and that romanticism and discord had reached their limit, paving the way for the emergence in the 20th century of totally radical new systems. It highlights the continuing demarcation between 'classical' and 'modern' - the forces of conservatism building on the past, versus radicalism breaking away from old structures.
Works performed will include Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder and Siegfried Idyll and the Liszt piano transcription of the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde.

The conservatives are represented by Schumann (Kreisleriana) and Brahms (his trio for violin, viola and piano, and the wonderful late piano solo pieces). Beethoven, the acknowledged spiritual hero of both movements, is represented by a striking early string Trio and his second 'Razumovsky' quartet.

Later developments in music include songs by Alma Mahler Werfel and Alexander Zemlinsky, and music by Alban Berg and Schoenberg. We will also hear the rarely performed Akhmatova Songs written by John Tavener in 1993, settings of deeply personal poems by the Russian dissident writer. The festival ends with the iconic Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss.

Performers include the Tinalley Quartet, award-winning pianists Daniel De Borah and Amir Farid, and soprano Greta Bradman.

Burrell says the Festival promises to be an outstanding weekend.

"The 2013 Coriole Music Festival will give the audience a stimulating and unforgettable musical experience followed by great food and wine in a convivial atmosphere;" says Burrell.

"It will be a weekend to treasure. The concert venue at Coriole Vineyards in South Australia's beautiful McLaren Vale has a wonderful acoustic for chamber and vocal music."

After each of the concerts the musicians and audience have the opportunity to get to know each other over Coriole's own highly awarded wines and a German inspired meal featuring local South Australian produce prepared by Tina Llewellyn from The Rolling Pin.

To avoid disappointment early bookings are recommended.

Introducing Coriole Carnivale, coming up in January 2013!

Coriole Carnivale might be unlike anything you've seen yet at Coriole. On January 3rd, from 7pm to 1am, three areas of the Coriole grounds will be transformed by food, music, film and wine.

There will be something for everyone, including a taste of Argentina's street food by Jordan Jeavons.

January 3, 2013. 7pm - 1am.

The Bearded Gypsy Band
Jazz from Mike and Andy Bevan, featuring Doug Devries
Halfway to Forth
The Musical Sherpa
Short films by Black Cockatoo Arthouse

Tickets are $67 plus booking fee and include food and entertainment.
This is an 18+ event.

Bookings through VenueTix on 8225 8888.

Enquiries? Contact Amy or Velvet at Coriole on 8323 8305 or email

Coriole 'Bin End & Back Vintage' Sale

November 10th & 11th at Coriole Vineyards 10am to 3pm

Back Vintages, Cancelled Export orders, Cellar Door exclusives and much more. All wines on tasting - try before you buy!! Great prices on offer... See you there! Coriole Vineyards Chaffey's Road (PO Box 9) McLaren Vale, SA, 5171 P 08-8323 8305 | F 08-8323 9136

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013

10 Coriole Wines rated 90 points or higher!

94 points - Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2009

94 - Estate Shiraz 2009

94 - Coriole Fiano 2011

94 - Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot 2009

94 - Coriole Sangiovese Shiraz 2009

93 - Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

91 - Coriole Sangiovese 2010

90 - The Soloist Shiraz 2009

90 - The Dancing Fig Shiraz Mourvedre 2010

90 - Coriole Barbera 2010

Coriole Wine Dinner at The Oriental

Join us as The Oriental's Head Chef, Dean Lennerth, matches award winning food with award winning wines on Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm.

Five course menu matched with distinctive handcrafted wines from the McLaren Vale Vineyard. Hosted by Coriole Senior Winemaker Alex Sherrah.

Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm.

$70 per person, or book a table of 8+ and pay only $60 per person.

Bookings are essential. Phone 8362 4657 or visit

Poets, Pizza & Jazz!

Friday 7th September 2012

6.30pm for 7pm. Food from 6.30pm.
Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale.

Four South Australian poets invite you to a raucous and entertaining evening of poetry and jazz. This event follows sold out performances at the 2012 Cabaret Festival.

The Poets; Shelda Rathmann, Amelia Walker, Mike Ladd and Jude Aquilina.

Jazz by MaxMo - includes Derek Pascoe (Sax), Andrew Mills (Percussion) and Steve Matters (Instrumentalist).

Food by Jordan Jeavons and Ruben French-Kennedy.

Warm yourself by the open fire, enjoy delicious wood oven pizza, listen to live jazz by MaxMo and drink one of the first glasses of the 2011 'Andy Kissane Coriole Poet Wine' while four leading South Australian poets entertain you with their outstanding wit!

Tickets: $45 per person - includes live poetry, one glass of wine and food (entree, pizza, dessert and coffee). Wines are available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Enquiries and Bookings: Contact Amy on (08) 8323 8305 or email

Production Company : MaxMo.
Poets; Mike Ladd, Shelda Rathmann, Amelia Walker, Jude Aquilina.
Musicians; Derek Pascoe, saxophone, Fleur Green, tuned percussion, Andrew Mills, percussion, Steve Matters, multi-instrumentalist.

Rock, funk, soul, pop, electronica, jazz..and poetry. MaxMo are exploring different ways to meld words and music. Having formed in January 2009 as a musical collaboration between poets Mike Ladd, Amelia Walker and Rob Walker, and musicians Steve Matters and Andrew Mills, the line up has since expanded to include Derek Pascoe on sax, Fleur Green on vibes and award winning poet Jude Aquilina. Different combinations of instruments, genres and treatments are used to evoke shifting moods and textures. Beats and grooves paint the backdrop for the poets' observations of life, love and living in the twenty first century.

Shelda Rathmann
Shelda has taught in various schools in South Australia, as well as Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK, and currently she is working at Eynesbury Senior College.
Her poetry has been published in Australian journals, and she has also been runner-up in poetry competitions in the British magazine, The Writers' Forum.
An avid punster, Shelda released her first book of pun poetry, Pundemonium, in 2010. She has also conducted poetry workshops at a homeless women's shelter and the Hutt St Centre.

Amelia Walker
Amelia Walker began performing poetry as a teenager. Since then she has performed at festivals and events including the Big Day Out, the World Poetry Festival (India) and the Transeuropa / Arts 4 Human Rights Festival (London).
She has published three collections of poetry, most recently 'Sound and Bundy' (IP 2012) and teaches writing workshops in schools and for community groups, and is currently studying a Creative Writing PhD at the University of South Australia.

Mike Ladd
Mike Ladd lives and writes in Adelaide. He produces Poetica each week on ABC Radio National. Mike has published seven books; the most recent is Karrawirra Parri: Walking the Torrens from Source to Sea published by Wakefield Press in 2012. Since the nineteen eighties he's been experimenting with poetry on screen, as audio, and in performance.

Jude Aquilina
Jude is an Adelaide Hills poet whose latest poetry collections are WomanSpeak (co-authored by Louise Nicholas, Wakefield Press) and Thread me a button (co-authored by Joan Fenney, Ginninderra Press).
Jude's poems, short stories and articles have been published widely in Australia and abroad. She teaches in the Professional Writing Unit at Adelaide College of the Arts. She is currently compiling a collection of South Australian ghost stories and a collection of children's poems. Jude was the first Coriole Wine Label Poet in 2004.

Sydney Coriole tasting with Mark Lloyd

5.30pm Wednesday 29th August @ Moncur Cellars, the Woollahra Hotel

Featuring Coriole's Italian range...including Prosecco, Fiano 2011, Sangiovese 2011, Vita Reserve Sangiovese 2009, Barbera 2010 and Nebbiolo 2009

Also featuring premium Shiraz by Coriole - Estate Shiraz 2010 & Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2009

5.30pm Wednesday 29th August @ Moncur Cellars, the Woollahra Hotel, 60 Moncur St, Woollahra

$25 entry includes a free bottle of Coriole 1st Oil
Entry fee redeemable on 6 bottle or more purchase

Also on tasting Coriole's famous Kalamata Olives and EVO

Bookings Essential - or phone 02 9327 9715

What does extra virgin mean?

Don't be worried if you're not sure - most of Australia's best chefs can't tell you either!

"First crush" is close, but not the whole story. "Early season harvesting" is closer still.

Extra virgin is a physical property which can be measured. The current international standard says;
- Olive Oil with a free fatty acidity of less than 0.8% is Extra Virgin.
- Between 0.9% and 2% the oil is Virgin.
- Over 2% is just olive oil; words like "pure" and "lite" are simply misleading.

Free fatty acid increases in any fruit as the fruit ripens, so the ripening process is really one of decomposition, to allow the fruit to release a seed. The best Extra Virgin Olive Oil therefore comes from olives picked early, before they have a chance to become fully ripe.

And now you know, let's hope you win the argument!

Keep an eye out for Coriole's new harvest EVO (extra virgin oil) in the coming weeks.

Cheesemaking & Masterclass with Kris Lloyd

Woodside Cheese Wrights has been making cheese in the Adelaide Hills for over 16 years, our Gallery at Woodside has recently been converted into a rustic venue for our easy and interactive cheese making classes. Kris Lloyd will take the mystery out of making cheese, explaining the process step by step.

Woodside cheese photoThese small classes allow plenty of time for questions and Kris will spend hands on time with each participant. You will be given extensive notes to take home, 2 recipes to cook up using cheese and the cheese making recipes so you can make Feta and Ricotta at home.

On the day you will learn how to make a traditional Feta cheese which you can take home in a complimentary Woodside Cheese Wrights cooler bag. You will also participate in a master class where you will learn the art of cheese and wine matching. We will offer tea and coffee on arrival. The master class will include delicious cheese accompaniments.

Tuesday July 17, 2012
10.30am - 2.00pm

Spaces are strictly limited to 12 per class - book today - $125/person.

Contact us on or phone 08 8389 7877; we will send a confirmation letter to you and give you a reminder courtesy call a few days before the class.

2012 McLaren Vale Sea and Vines at Coriole

This year promises to be a memorable BankSA Sea & Vines at the picturesque Coriole Winery.

We're delighted to be teaming up with Jules Rydon of The Vendor alongside Jordan Jeavons. They'll bring a wealth of culinary experience and expertise to this year's event and will be serving food cooked with fire and charcoal in conjunction with Coriole's famous wood oven pizza.

Sunday 10th June

Relish @ Coriole - 11am to 5pm
Tickets $50; includes entry, your own wine glass and first free wine pour, a choice of mains plus free wood oven pizza served all day long!
Caterer; The Vendor.
Main course choice;
1/ Chargrilled Squid with salad, fresh herbs, aioli and lime with a kick of spice. Or
2/ Chargrilled Chicken wings with garlic and jalapeno sauce, preserved lemon, coriander salad and wood oven baked spuds.
Wood Oven Pizza served free all day; Meatlovers, Vegetarian & Seafood.
Also available; Cheese Plate by Woodside Cheese Wrights and Chocolate Mud Cake.

Live Music by Repo - a blues and funk fusion style band.
Bookings @ Venue*Tix.

Monday 11th June

Relish @ Coriole - 11am to 5pm - Free entry!
Caterer; The Vendor.
A Choice of 4 main courses @ $20 per serve;
1/ Chorizo sausage sandwich with chimichurri, salsa criolla and red cabbage slaw.
2/ Chargrilled Squid with salad, fresh herbs, aioli and lime with a kick of spice.
3/ Chargrilled Chicken wings with garlic and jalapeno sauce, preserved lemon, coriander salad and wood oven baked spuds.
4/Coriole's Wood Oven Pizza - includes Fish, Vegetarian and Meatlovers.
Also available; Cheese Plate by Woodside Cheese Wrights and Chocolate Mud Cake.

Live Jazz featuring Schmoe

Coriole Reserve Release

For only the second time, we're pleased to simultaneously release all three of our Reserve wines from the same vintage; Lloyd Reserve Shiraz, Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot and Vita Reserve Sangiovese - all from the 2009 vintage.

Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is produced from a single vineyard that was planted in 1919. This is Coriole's flagship wine. Our first Lloyd Shiraz was released in 1989. This is rich, opulent, well rounded McLaren Vale Shiraz that will reward further cellaring.

Mary Kathleen was first produced in 1992 and is named after one of the founders of Coriole. It is normally a blend of two vineyards at Coriole which includes just three rows of Merlot. It is often an elegant style and acts as a contrast to the more robust Lloyd Reserve Shiraz.

In 2008 and 2009 these vineyards did not reach the required quality. Just as we were contemplating missing two vintages of MK, a parcel of high quality fruit was offered to us from an excellent organic grower in the Adelaide Hills. This wine reflects the change of region with an elegant, soft, nicely textured style. 65% Cabernet and 35% Merlot.

Coriole was an early pioneer of Sangiovese and released the first wine in 1987. Vita is a selection of the best performing vineyard of the vintage. In 2009 the original 2 acre vineyard (planted in 1985 at Coriole) was the standout. There have been 5 releases since 1987. The 2009 vintage gave us well rounded, balanced wines. Vita '09 reflects this with leathery/red fruit characters.

Cheesemaking & Masterclass with Kris Lloyd

Woodside Cheese Wrights has been making cheese in the Adelaide Hills for over 16 years, our Gallery at Woodside has recently been converted into a rustic venue for our easy and interactive cheesemaking classes. Kris Lloyd will take the mystery out of making cheese, explaining the process step by step.

Woodside cheese photoThese small classes allow plenty of time for questions and Kris will spend hands on time with each participant. You will be given extensive notes to take home, 2 recipes to cook up using cheese and the cheese making recipes so you can make Feta and Ricotta at home. On the day you will learn how to make a traditional Feta cheese which you can take home in a complimentary Woodside Cheese Wrights cooler bag.

You will also participate in a master class where you will learn the art of cheese and wine matching. We will offer tea and coffee on arrival. The masterclass will include delicious cheese accompaniments.

Saturday June 2, 2012
10.30am - 2.00pm

Spaces are strictly limited to 12 per class - book today - $125/person. $25.00 deposit is required to secure your spot.

Contact us on or phone 08 8389 7877; we will send a confirmation letter to you and give you a reminder courtesy call a few days before the class.

Taste, Place and Tradition with Special Guest Simon Bryant

Join us for a special demonstration by Simon Bryant as a part of 2012 Tasting Australia.

Simon Bryant will cook lunch using regional produce including Coriole olives, oils and vinegars, Woodside Cheese Wrights cheeses and a selection of autumn vegetables grown in the Coriole Kitchen Garden. Enjoy a glass of wine with this special lunch.

Friday 27 April 2012 - 12pm - $80.00 - book

Coriole Vineyards, Courtyard - Chaffey Rd Mc Laren Vale ph 08 83238305

Take a look at the flyer for this lunch event.

People's Messiah

The spirit of Christmas comes alive as the audience joins the Corinthian Singers in the choruses during the performance of Handel's Messiah at Coriole Vineyards.

Held in Coriole's acoustically superb barrel room, the People's Messiah is an opportunity to join the audience choir, or just be surrounded by music - enjoying the soaring sounds of The Corinthian Singers with Conductor: Christie Anderson, Soprano: Brooke Window, Alto: Bethany Ide, Tenor: Hew Wagener, Bass: Peter Deane and Organist: Karl Geiger. George Handel's Messiah first premiered in 1742 as part of a charity event. In this tradition, proceeds from Coriole's People's Messiah will go to Adelaide Youth Orchestras (AdYO), enriching the lives of young musicians. Handel conducted Messiah many times and often altered the music to suit the needs of the singers and orchestra he had available to him for each performance. In this way the Coriole event is 'the People's Messiah' where the audience sings the famous choruses, led by musical director Christie Anderson and organist Karl Geiger. The songs from Handel's Messiah relate to Jesus' life, death and resurrection and have now become a celebratory tradition in the lead up to Christmas. "Handel's glorious music in the barrel room commands complete attention for both singers and audience alike. It is the perfect way to herald in Christmas," said Coriole Vineyards' Director, Mark Lloyd. Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the courtyard and gardens after the performance. Coriole wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Saturday 10 December 2011 5pm (for 5.30pm start), runs for 90 minutes. Coriole Vineyards Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale Tickets: $30 per person Bookings and Enquiries: Amy or Tim - (08) 8323 8305 or email ~ Bookings essential as numbers are limited Media Contact: Mark Lloyd - 0403 057 700 or email:

Fiano finds a home in McLaren Vale

Coriole's 2011 Fiano has won the trophy for "Best White Wine Other" at the 2011 McLaren Vale Wine Show. The wine was the highest pointed white wine at the awards in the only class that collected gold medals. The other gold medals were for Vermentino and another Fiano.

Coriole CEO Mark Lloyd first spotted Fiano back at VinItaly in 2000. 'I was looking for an Italian white from Southern Italy to partner Sangiovese, which we first planted at Coriole in 1985. Fiano was the standout wine with such distinctive flavor and texture - and most importantly the likelihood it would be well suited to the growing conditions in McLaren Vale'.

'It is great to see Fiano do well at the McLaren Vale Show, as there is no doubt about the enthusiasm for this variety.'

Lloyd was amazed when the local Vine Improvement Society was able to supply vines from a small collection imported in the 70s - even though no vineyard existed.

Coriole planted the first Australian Fiano vineyard in 2001 and first bottled Fiano from the 2005 vintage. This 2011 release is their seventh consecutive release.

The wine has an intriguing combination of fresh aromatics along with honeydew, peach and lemon zest.

Announcement of Poetry Competition winner

The winner of the Coriole Poetry Competition will be announced at "Poets and Pizza" on Friday Evening, September 9th.

Tickets are available at $40 per person. Contact Amy at Coriole, phone 8323 8305, or email

Sea and Vines 2011

The 2011 Sea and Vines festival takes on a different style this year at Coriole, with the Sunday being an all day ticketed event.

Sunday 12th June, 11am-5pm - Experience ALL DAY @ Coriole. Price - $45.

Ticket includes entry, a free Riedel glass to keep, your first glass of wine free (to the value of $6) and lunch.

Lunch is a choice of Salt and Pepper Squid with Chips or a classic Gourmet Hamburger and Chips.

Graze all day on Coriole's famous Wood Oven Pizza - includes Seafood, Vegetarian and Meatlovers (included in your ticket price).

Also available; Cheese Plate by Woodside Cheese Wrights ($15) and Chocolate Mud Cake ($10) - not included in ticket price.

Music by Spank the Funky - a blues and funk fusion style band.

Monday 13th June, 11am-5pm. Free Entry

Lunch - Salt and Pepper Squid and Chips ($20), Gourmet Hamburger and Chips ($20), Wood Oven Pizza ($20).

Also available; Cheese Plate by Woodside Cheese Wrights ($15) and Chocolate Mud Cake ($10).

Music by Quintessence - Jazz

To book tickets for the Sunday event, go to Venue*Tix

Cellar Door Wine Festival

Coriole Sangiovese to be part of the first A+ Australian Wine master classes.

Cellar Door Wine Festival

Coriole is excited to be part of the first ever A+ Australian Wine master classes, to be held at the inaugural Cellar Door Wine Festival - Adelaide (February 25-27th).

As South Australia's first state-wide wine festival, the event has attracted some of the country's most influential wine experts, who will converge on Adelaide to host exclusive public tastings. Wine media identities, writers and professionals Max Allen, Tony Love and Paul Henry will be on hand to tutor these classes.

The 2009 Coriole Sangiovese will be part of Paul Henry's master class, which will be held on Friday 25 Feb, 6pm - 6.45pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Paul Henry's Master Class - Kick your weekend off with a twist and take a walk on the wild side with Paul Henry, wine marketing guru. Feed your wild streak and explore innovative and unorthodox blends, alternative varieties and charismatic cuvees that are sure to stimulate the senses. This unique tasting will leave you inspired to delve even further into South Australia's A+ Australian wine offering.

To purchase tickets to the A+ Australian Wine master classes, go to Hurry, tickets limited to 30 per class.

Coriole to host Ben Solo, Friday December 3rd

South Australian alt/folk songsmith Ben Solo will perform a special intimate show in the Coriole courtyard on Friday December 3 2010, as his debut East Coast tour returns home to Adelaide and draws to a close.

Performing songs from his debut self-titled album, released through Melbourne's Plastic Viking Helmet Records in April 2010, as well as showcasing new material, Ben will be joined by Mairead & Andrew with their hauntingly sweet folk stylings as his special guests.

Tickets are available on the night at the courtyard entrance for $10 and are strictly limited. Music will begin just after sunset at 8pm.

For more information, please visit:

About Ben Solo...

From the age of 15, Ben Solo has been steadily establishing himself as one of Adelaide's most prolific and idiosyncratic recording artists. Best known for the deliberate nature of his lyrics and the utilisation of unique production techniques, Ben Solo does not strive for perfection in his recordings, but embraces the mistakes and flaws that arise as a result of the process. This approach lends his music a spontaneous and organic quality absent in the work of other contemporary artists.

Ben Solo's first collection of songs was recorded late 2005 and self-released early the following year. The songs for this first work were recorded at the home-studio of friend and jazz musician Brenton Foster with just one acoustic guitar and a vocal track. The album features a number of songs Ben Solo had written earlier that year, and reflected his then-piqued interest in folk music.

The more progressive and experimental EP Play With This, released in 2007, was very much the product of Ben Solo's new-found interest in avante-pop and led to a string of acclaimed performances in full band mode, consisting of Brenton Foster, bassist John Day of hardcore outfit Nazarite Vow, and drummer Ryan Manolakis of the experimental Mr. Wednesday.

In April 2010, Ben Solo released his self-titled debut album through Melbourne-based PVH Records, subsequently receiving consistent national radio airplay on Triple J, Nova and the Austereo Network. He will embark on his first Australian tour in November 2010.

Ben will play a series of intimate shows in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and South Australia on his first East Coast tour, showcasing songs from his self-titled debut album released on Plastic Viking Helmet Records in April 2010.


  • Brisbane - Browning St Studios (ALL AGES) - FRI NOV 12
  • Brisbane - Blackstar - SAT NOV 13
  • Newcastle - The Lass O'Gowrie Hotel - SUN NOV 14
  • Sydney - The Old Manly Boatshed - WED NOV 17
  • Sydney - The Clovelly Hotel - THURS NOV 18
  • Canberra - The Front Gallery - FRI NOV 19
  • Melbourne - Gertrude's Brown Couch - WED NOV 24
  • Melbourne - Pure Pop Records - SUN NOV 28
  • McLaren Vale (SA) - Coriole Vineyards - FRI DEC 3
  • Adelaide - Wheatsheaf Hotel - FRI DEC 10

People's Messiah, December 4th 2010

Make a difference this Christmas season as you sing along to choruses from Handel's Messiah at Coriole Vineyard's People's Messiah.

Saturday 4 December 2010
5pm (for 5.30pm start), runs for 90 minutes.

Coriole Vineyards
Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale

Held in Coriole's acoustically superb barrel room, the People's Messiah is an opportunity to sing along to the choruses of Handel's Messiah, or just enjoy the soaring sounds of The Corinthian Singers with guest soloists from the Adelaide Chamber Singers and State Opera of SA.

George Handel's Messiah first premiered in 1742 as part of a charity event. In this tradition, proceeds from Coriole's People's Messiah will go to Catherine House who provide supported accommodation and emergency housing for women in South Australia.

Handel conducted Messiah many times and often altered the music to suit the needs of the singers and orchestra he had available to him for each performance. In this way the Coriole event is 'the people's' Messiah where the audience is led by musical director Christie Anderson and accompanist Karl Geiger to sing along to the choruses.

The songs from Handel's Messiah relate to Jesus' life, death and resurrection and have now become a celebratory tradition in the lead up to Christmas.

"Whether you join the audience choir or just sit back and enjoy the performance, the quality of the sound in the barrel room commands complete attention. Handel's glorious music is the perfect way to herald in Christmas," said Coriole Vineyards Director, Mark Lloyd.

Bring your own picnic to enjoy in the courtyard after the performance. Coriole wines which will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.

Tickets: $25 per person
Bookings and Enquiries: Amy or Tim: (08) 8323 8305 or email
~ Bookings essential as numbers are limited

2007 Coriole Vita Reserve Sangiovese highly rated in Jeremy Oliver's 2011 Wine Annual

Jeremy Oliver has given Coriole's 2007 Vita Reserve Sangiovese 96 points and describes the wine as "truly exceptional".

It was voted his #1 wine from a new variety (Coriole Brunello Clone 2006 was voted #9 and Coriole Sangiovese 2008 #10). The 2007 Coriole Vita Reserve Sangiovese was also named one of his Ten Future Classics.

Vita was also the highest rated wine from McLaren Vale in the book.

All the team at Coriole are delighted with the result!

Vita Reserve Sangiovese special offer

We're very proud of our 2007 Vita Reserve Sangiovese and pleased to see it's also appreciated by wine lovers around Australia.

Jeremy Oliver's 2011 Australian Wine Annual has called the 07 Vita "truly exceptional" and named it one of his Ten Future Classics. Awarded 96 points, it was the highest pointed wine from McLaren Vale in the 2011 edition.

Tony Love, in Brisbane's Courier Mail, termed its value "specialist territory" and listed a verdict of "worth the price". Gary Walsh loved the texture, rating it 93 points. Philip White has rated it 93++ points and called it Coriole's best Sangiovese effort yet.

  • Coriole's first reserve Sangiovese since 1998
  • a selection of the best vineyards and barrels from the 2007 vintage
  • no 2008 vintage released

This is special stuff, and this October, we have an appropriately special offer that can see you save $45.

A half-dozen of this "future classic" is $255 (normally $300) and includes free shipping within Australia.

Take advantage today of this great opportunity to invest in your own share of a wonderful Italian reserve wine, or surprise family or friends.

This is an online offer only, so buy now.

Offer ends October 31.


CheeseFest 2010

CheeseFest is a celebration of the Australian specialty cheese industry providing an opportunity for cheesemakers to promote and raise the awareness of the art of specialty cheesemaking.

Sunday 17 October 2010
11 am - 6 pm
Rymill Park Adelaide

Meet the Makers

The one day Festival gives visitors the opportunity to 'meet the makers'. Cheese makers from around Australia will be on site talking about their specialty cheeses. Come and learn about the many different styles of cheese produced locally and nationally.

Food and Wine

Sample and purchase the cheeses on offer as well as other complementary local produce including delicious cheese platters. Gourmet meals will be available to purchase from local and regional restaurants. Match your gourmet delights to the fine selection of South Australian wine that can be purchased on the day.


Free activities including celebrity chef cooking demonstrations by patron Simon Bryant and Michael Angelakis.

Musical entertainment by Chad Romero's Cabernet Cabaret.

Children's entertainment area with face painting, clowns and circobats. Paid carnival amusements will also be available.

This Year's Stalls


Alexandrina Cheese Company, SA
B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, SA
Barossa Valley Cheese Company, SA
King Island Dairy, Tasmania
La Casa Del Formaggio, SA
La Vera Fine Cheese Producers, SA
TAFE SA Adelaide North Regency Campus, SA
Udder Delights, SA
Woodside Cheese Wrights, SA


Angelakis Bros., Adelaide
Cocolat, Adelaide
La Dolce Vita, Adelaide
Salopian Inn, McLaren Vale
The Spice Kitchen, Adelaide
The Tivoli, Adelaide


Coriole Vineyards, McLaren Vale
Brew Boys, Adelaide
Hart of the Barossa, Barossa Valley
Kirrihill Wines, Clare Valley
McLaren Vale Beer Company, McLaren Vale
Nepenthe Wines, Adelaide Hills
Shingleback Wine, McLaren Vale
Whistler Wines, Barossa Valley
Zema Estate, Coonawarra


Sumputous, Adelaide


$15 entry includes

Official CheeseFest souvenir wine glass
Cheese tastings
Cooking demonstrations
Coles picnic area
Entertainment for all ages

Tickets available from VenueTix (service fee applies) or limited tickets available at the gate on the day (children U12 and accompanied by an adult free)

Langton?s Classified Wine ? Coriole Lloyd Reserve Shiraz

Lloyd Reserve Shiraz has again been listed in Langton's Classification of Australian Wine. Named in the Excellent category which is for high performing wines of exquisite quality with solid market values and volumes demand.

Langton's classification of Australian Wine is a form guide of Australia's best performing and most prized wines. It was first published in 1990 to create interest and build demand in the secondary wine market. It is arguably the most famous and widely respected wine classification outside of Europe.

Coriole's 2007 Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is the current vintage release.

Bin End Sale, October 16-17

Visit Coriole from 11am to 4pm on October 16th and 17th for our Bin End Sale.

Back vintages, cancelled export orders, cellar door exclusives and much more - it's a great opportunity to pick up special prices on fantastic Coriole wine!

All wines will be available to taste, so try before you buy.

A free BBQ will be available from noon on both days.

Coriole Italian Masterclass, August 5th

Taste a range of Coriole's new release Italians at the Ed Cellars including the 2010 Fiano, 2009 Sangiovese, 2007 Reserve Sangiovese, 2008 Nebbiolo, 2008 Barbera and 2007 Sagrantino. And benchmark them alongside some of Italy's finest.

Presented by Coriole Winemakers Mark Lloyd & Simon White, the Coriole Italian Masterclass will be held at the Ed Cellars (South Australia) on Thursday, August 5th, 6.30pm.

Price is $15 per head and bookings are essential through Edinburgh Cellars: 08 8373 2753 or

Be there for the first tasting of new vintage 2010 Fiano. Also, taste the rare and unique Sagrantino 2007, and compare Coriole Vita Reserve Sangiovese 2007 alongside a Chianti Classico.

Coriole Reserve Range 2007

...and then there were three! Introducing our Vita Reserve Sangiovese.

Coriole Vineyards announce the release of our Reserve Range from Vintage 2007. In addition to Lloyd Reserve Shiraz and Mary Kathleen Cabernet Merlot we now introduce 'Vita' Reserve Sangiovese, only our second ever reserve release of this variety, and the first since 1998.

"Vita" (life) expresses all the good things about this savoury, medium-weight wine that works wonderfully with food. We chose the name Vita as it conjures up an enjoyment of life, food, art and music. The wine has been selected from our best vineyards and barrels from Vintage 2007, with all components estate-grown on classic Terra Rosa soils.

The vintage in McLaren Vale was distinctive, producing wines with great ageing potential. Lloyd Reserve is sourced from a single vineyard. Planted in 1919, it is the oldest vineyard on the estate. The 2007 wine is tightly structured, with complex even tannins and great length. Cellar confidently for 15-20 years.

Mary Kathleen is also sourced exclusively from estate fruit, with vines planted in the late 60's and early seventies. For 2007, the blend is 75% Cabernet and 25% Merlot, giving the wine a distinct red currant and berry influence, with a creamy textured, long finish.

Bin End Sale

Bin End Sale at Coriole Vineyards - July 17th and 18th, 2010

Back vintages, cellar door exclusives, export only wines, hidden gems and much more.

Try before you buy... great prices on offer.

Free BBQ from noon on both days.

Hope to see you there!

Coriole has Show success

It's been a busy few months for Coriole's product (both wine and food) with several accolades being collected along the way.

Coriole 1st Oil 2009 and Coriole's Kalamata olives both picked up a gold medal and were awarded a trophy for best of show at the recent Olives SA / Royal Adelaide Show 2009.

Mary Kathleen 2006 picked up a silver at the Adelaide Wine Show as did Nebbiolo 2007 at the Alternative Varietals Show. Fiano 2009 was awarded bronze at Adelaide, McLaren Vale and also the Alternative Show.

Redstone Shiraz 2007 received a Blue Gold at the Sydney International Wine Show in early November.

Coriole's 21 Seasons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Mark Lloyd was first inspired by olive oil after working in olive oil factories in Greece in the late 1970's. At that time, Coriole Vineyards in McLaren Vale was amongst the remnants of a forgotten 19th Century olive industry. Our early settlers had a surprisingly Mediterranean vision for South Australia.

The late Emmanuel Giakoumis started making olive oil for informed locals from the early 1970s, and it was about this time when the last of the old 19C olive presses ceased production at nearby Samuel's Gorge.

It was a natural progression to move to the production of Olive Oils and then Table Olives. The opportunity to offer a higher quality, local product was embraced, and Coriole in 1989 produced, and marketed nationally, one of the first Australian Extra Virgin Olive Oils for many years.

The market for Australian olive oil improves as increasingly questions are raised about the quality and integrity of imported oils. Opportunities in export also improve as the integrity of the Australian industry begins to shine.

Coriole produce two extra virgin olive oils each season, First Oil and EVO.

The First Oil is a reminder that we should take every chance to taste new seasonal oils while at their freshest and best. 2009 First Oil is produced from Koroneiki olives and has a Free Fatty Acid rating of 0.11%. Available in 250ml.

EVO Season 2009 is blended from Frantoio, Pendolino and Leccino olives with a Free Fatty Acid of 0.12%. EVO is produced in 500ml, 750ml and 2L casks and 4L drums.

The trophy for the Kalamata Olives follows similar success as the "Best Australian Table Olive" at the Australian Expo in both 2008 and 2007.

Recent Awards;

First Oil '09 - Best of Show Trophy and Gold - Olives SA / Royal Adelaide Show '09
Kalamata Olives - Best of Show Trophy and Gold - Olives SA / Royal Adelaide Show '09

New releases: Chenin, Fiano and more

Chenin Blanc 2009 is now in bottle and available. Chenin Blanc is the principle white variety at Coriole produced since the first vineyard was planted at Coriole in 1977. The 2009 vintage has produced a wonderful round, clean fruited and delicate style that shows how well this variety is suited to the McLaren Vale district.

The 2009 Fiano is Coriole's 5th release and now available. It shows aromas of citrus blossom with a tropical Asian fruit lift. The palate is fresh, lemon and lime zest with the trade mark long texture of Fiano and finishing with clean natural acidity.

Although there has been a little more produced than in previous vintages (approximately 800 dozen) the wine is proving to be a huge hit, so get in quick.

Coriole's Estate Shiraz 2007 is also now available. This wine is selected from vineyards at Coriole and was first released in 1970. The '07 version displays rich, ripe red fruits - raspberry and blueberry along with a rustic earthiness - which is synonymous with the 2007 vintage in McLaren Vale and other parts of the country.

The palate is forward and fruit driven, while not being over ripe. Black fruits, chocolate and tar are apparent. Drinking beautifully now but some time in the Cellar will be rewarded.

Other new releases include; Sangiovese Shiraz '07, Sangiovese '08 and Redstone Shiraz '07.

James Halliday awards Coriole 5 stars

Coriole has again been awarded a 5 star rating in James Halliday's 2010 edition of his Australian Wine Companion. The 5 (red) stars achieved is the highest rating available and only awarded to 7% of featured wineries.

Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2006 was the highest awarded wine with 96 points. Another seven Coriole wines scored 90 points or more.

Download the complete list of reviews and ratings (33KB PDF).

Coriole Bin End Sale

March 21st & 22nd @ Coriole Vineyards - 11am to 4pm. Back vintages, cellar door exclusives, export only wines, hidden gems and much more.

Try before you buy with great prices on offer and a free BBQ available from noon.

Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale.

The Penguin Wine Guide 2009 by Nick Stock

Coriole's 2007 Sangiovese has been awarded best Italian Varietal in The Penguin Wine Guide 2009.

Author Nick Stock wrote; 'The benchmark has once again re-asserted itself in the 2007 vintage. Sensational vibrant young purple colour, an instantly recognisable Sangiovese with anise-spiced cherry fruits, easy on the oak. Beautifully ripe, it packs ripe berry and cherry flavour, a little chocolate oak here and a juicy kick of tannin through the middle - superb'!

This is a great accolade for the 21st release of Sangiovese from Coriole.

Fiano 2008 available, released September 2008

Coriole's 2008 vintage of Fiano is the fourth release. 2008 was a difficult vintage in McLaren Vale. A vintage in two halves, there was the fruit harvested before the heat, and there was the fruit that came later. Thankfully, all the fruit for this wine - and all our other '08 whites - was picked before the heat wave.

The wine is sprightly and bright, with the up-front, natural acidity typical of the variety; aromas of grapefruit, lemon and green apple are augmented by touches of frangipani and fresh herbs. The palate is refreshing but complex, with clean fruit flavours underscored by nutty flavours of almond meal and nougat.

We were lucky enough to have our '08 Fiano included in an alternative variety tasting that Max Allen recently hosted in London. It was shown along side many other new and interesting varietals that have recently come onto the scene. Many top UK journos were in attendance and we've been reliably informed that Jancis Robinson is a fan. Watch this space for her review!

Halliday 5 star winery for 2009

Coriole Vineyards has once again been rated a 5 star winery by James Halliday in his 2009 Australian Wine Companion.

This is the third consecutive year that Coriole has achieved a 5 star rating in Halliday's wine bible. This edition featured ten Coriole wines that scored a rating of 90 points or more.

The standout wines included 'The Optimist' Reserve Chenin Blanc '05, The Dancing Fig '06 and a museum release of Mary Kathleen '01 - all of which scored 94 points. Others to feature were Sangiovese '06 (92 points), Fiano '07 (91 points) and Brunello Clone '05, Chenin Blanc '07, Nebbiolo Rose '07, Redstone Shiraz '05 and Mary Kathleen '05 ' all rating 90 points.

Wine of the week, 'The Soloist', The Age, October 2008

Ralph Kyte-Powell recognized 'The Soloist' 2006 with his wine of the week in The Age.

His comments; 'Coriole's wines sum up what's great about modern McLaren Vale wine, especially Shiraz. This densely coloured young example has a very concentrated nose that suggests chocolatey Siena cake, plums and spices. In the mouth it's like an essence of McLaren Vale Shiraz with deep flavour, solid structure and a firm backbone of ripe tannins. Everything is in place for future bottle development. Keep it as long as you can'. 5 stars - Wine of the Week - Melbourne Age, October 2008.

Coriole wins Best Table Olive in Australia

Coriole has won the "Best Table Olive in Australia" at the Australian Olive Expo in Canberra in October 2008.

This award was open to all table olives that have taken awards in competitions around the country. The award was for Coriole Kalamata table olives. It is the second year in a row that Coriole has won this award.

'Pick the Region' Results

Coriole Vineyards conducted its first Regional Shiraz Tasting competition on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September at Coriole.

The competition was open to the public and focused on Shiraz from the 2006 vintage across Australia. Wines from eight of the best Shiraz producing regions in Australia were carefully selected for the competition. These wines were presented blind, and competitors asked to match each wine with its correct region of origin.

The competition was won by Anna Croft, who correctly matched four wines to their regions. The full list of 2006 Shiraz wines and regions are;

  • Wine # 1 - Majella Shiraz - Coonawarra
  • Wine # 2 - Coriole Estate Shiraz - McLaren Vale
  • Wine # 3 - Petaluma Shiraz - Adelaide Hills
  • Wine # 4 - Brookland Valley Verse 1Shiraz - Margaret River
  • Wine # 5 - Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz - Clare Valley
  • Wine # 6 - Tyrells Rufus Stone Shiraz - Heathcote
  • Wine # 7 - St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz - Barossa Valley
  • Wine # 8 - Brokenwood Hunter Shiraz - Hunter Valley
  • Wine # 9 Tiebreak wine - Bests Bin O Shiraz - Great Western

Coriole's Mark Lloyd said 'everyone participating was very enthusiastic about the tasting and excited at the opportunity to assess regionality in Australian Shiraz. It proved to be a difficult exercise with so many wines to segregate. However, there was often good logic in the wrong answers with participants more likely to confuse areas of similar climates'.

Poets and Pizza

Friday 5th September, 7.30pm Tickets $40 Includes your first glass of wine

LIMITED SEATS! Featuring 4 of Adelaide's leading poets; Peter Goldsworthy, Steve Evans, Patricia Irvine and Amy Bodossian. Poetry readings, and Coriole Courtyard Wood Oven Pizzas.

'Pick the Region' Shiraz Competition

Coriole Vineyards presents the inaugural Pick the Region Competition - a blind tasting of 2006 Australian Shiraz. Eight wines, eight regions.

Match each wine to its region of origin to win.

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of September 2008, 10am to 5pm at Coriole Vineyards in The Wine Room.

Entry is $20 per person.

First prize is one dozen of each wine tasted - a total of eight dozen with an approximate value of $3,000.

'Pick the Region' Shiraz Competition
Rules of Engagement

  1. Open to all including members of the wine industry and general public
  2. Employees of Coriole (along with Coriole?s domestic distributor) & other participating wineries are ineligible to win.
  3. One entry per person.
  4. Entries are for individuals only.
  5. Communication during the tasting will result in disqualification.
  6. The winner will be the person who has matched the most wines to the correct regions.
  7. Coriole may have a mystery wine as a decider in the case of a draw.
  8. Coriole reserves the right to change the order of the tasting at any stage
  9. Coriole's decision is final.
  10. The winner will be announced in the Advertiser, Wednesday 10th September, and on Coriole Vineyards website

Soundstream Contemporary Music Ensemble

Coriole Vineyards, Saturday 11 October, 12.30pm. Formed in 1996 by Artistic Director Gabriella Smart, Soundstream collaborates with Australia's finest performers to commission and present works by leading local and international composers. Smart founded the Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival in 2008 as an annual platform for collaboration, performance and discourse.

Quartet for the End of Time
James Cuddeford violin,
Patrick Murphy cello,
Peter Handsworth clarinet,
and Gabriella Smart piano

Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale Saturday 11 October, 12.30pm

Messiaen's connection to the universal is revealed in his reverence for spirituality and nature. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, members of the Grainger Quartet, Gabriella Smart and Peter Handsworth come together to perform one of his most celebrated works.

'Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven.' (Olivier Messiaen describing the opening movement of Quartet for the End of Time)

Concert and pre-booked lunch $60 (includes platter with coffee, cake and a glass of wine) / Concert only $30

Please book early as the venue is very small and intimate.

Manx 'n' Match

Manx Restaurant at Portside Wharf in Brisbane is hosting an intimate dinner on July 15 with Coriole Vineyards.

The six courses include green-pea tortellini with mud crab and Coriole chenin blanc truffle butter, and grilled quail with candied walnuts, Woodside chevre and Coriole aged sweet vinegar. Cost is $140 a person. Bookings 07 3216 4999.

Coriole Live

We have several exciting events at Coriole over the coming months; two "Coriole Live" events that include concert and lunch, the ever amusing and popular Poets and Pizza featuring four of Adelaide?s leading poets return with four new poets, and to switch theme again a master class in cheesemaking and cheese tasting with leading national cheese judge Russell Smith.

Saturday 12th July, 12.30pm Tickets $40
Includes concert, cosy courtyard lunch and a glass of wine.
Directed by Christie Anderson. Music by Claire Maclean, Nigel Butterley, Charles Stanford, Ian Andrew, Morten Lauridsen ? and some surprises!

Friday 5th September, 7.30pm Tickets $40
Includes your first glass of wine
LIMITED SEATS! Featuring 4 of Adelaide?s leading poets; Peter Goldsworthy, Steve Evans, Patricia Irvine and Amy Bodossian. Poetry readings, and Coriole Courtyard Wood Oven Pizzas.

Thursday 19th September, 6.00 to 8.30pm Tickets $70
Only 15 places available. Canberra based Russell Smith is a Contributing Editor to Regional Food Magazine and a National Cheese Judge. This masterclass includes a cheesemaking demonstration and then a comparative tasting of Russell?s favourite Australian cheeses.

SOUNDSTREAM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE present Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen
Saturday 11 October, 12.30pm Tickets - concert and cosy courtyard lunch to follow - $60 (option of concert only - $30) ? VERY LIMITED SEATS
To celebrate the centenary of Messiaen?s birth, members of the Grainger Quartet, Gabriella Smart and Peter Handsworth come together to perform one of his most celebrated works; featuring James Cuddeford, violin, Patrick Murphy, ?cello, Peter Handsworth, clarinet, and Gabriella Smart, piano.

Bookings are open for all events: email Amy or call on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Coriole wine dinner in Sydney - June 18 2008

Coriole wine dinner at Pilu at Freshwater featuring Italian varieties, fiano, nebbiolo and sangiovese, including the new Brunello clone sangiovese bottling.

Phone 02 9938 3331 for bookings, 7 for 7.30pm, $130.

The Coriole Music Festival is 10 years old.

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2008

Two cities, two centuries...

The tenth Coriole Music Festival will be held on Saturday 3rd May and Sunday 4th May 2008.

Music Director, Christopher Burrell has been the guiding musical influence in the Festival since its inception, and this year continues to bring us truly wonderful music and an exciting range of artists, all of whom enjoy both national and international reputations.

Performers include the Flinders Quartet from Melbourne; string players Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles and pianist Ian Munro from Sydney; soprano Rosalind Martin and violist Keith Crellin from Adelaide; and Roy Howat from London, a leading interpreter of French music.

This year�s Festival presents music from two different eras � classical Vienna, and Paris of the late 19th- early 20th century. We will hear two great classical quintets, Mozart�s C major viola quintet, and a work inspired by this, the Schubert C major cello quintet. The Festival will also explore the flowering of 19th century French music with a range of works by Couperin, Faur�, Chabrier, Debussy and Ravel.

Coriole Music Festival includes three concerts, each followed by a meal prepared by chef Tina Llewellyn, and takes place in the informal and delightful setting of Coriole Vineyards in South Australia's beautiful McLaren Vale.

The barrel room has a wonderful acoustic for chamber and vocal music, and the proximity of audience to performers adds an intimate and emotional dimension to both the music and artists' performances.

Media enquiries Mark Lloyd on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Bookings: Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Coriole Music Festival

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Essential Theatre presents Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Coriole Vineyards

Friday 25th January 2008

6pm for a 6.30pm start

$65 pp, includes meal and performance

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

A golden week for Coriole

Coriole Vineyards of McLaren Vale in South Australia has been recognized with a swag of awards at two of the countries major produce competitions.

Coriole was awarded the trophy for Best Olives of Show at this year�s National Olive Expo in Canberra. This competition is unique in Australia because all entries must have already won an award at their respective State Table Olive competition.

Prizes were awarded in three categories for Best Spiced, Best Green and Best Black Olives. Coriole won a Gold Medal in Best Spiced category for Herb & Garlic Marinated Leccino olives, and Gold for black Kalamata olives. The Kalamata olives went on to take the Trophy for Best Olives of Show.

Coriole CEO Mark Lloyd was very pleased with the result, adding �We�ve been producing table olives for about 15 years and slowly increasing sales and recognition around Australia. The winning olives were Kalamata, the �king of the black olive�. Kalamata�s from McLaren Vale are renowned for their quality, with Coriole�s distinguished by lower salt levels than most in the industry�.

In what topped off a great week, Coriole was awarded a Gold Medal for Olive Oil at the 2007 Fleurieu Fiesta. One of Australia�s most fully integrated producers of fine food and wine, Coriole took a total of six medals across various classes for both Extra Virgin olive oils and Table olives.

Following two consecutive drought seasons, the Fiesta judges noted that fewer awards than usual were given. Coriole took bronze medals in each of the table olive classes in which they entered, one for Kalamata olives and the other, in the difficult Australian Table Olive Challenge, open to producers Australia wide, for the recently released Marinated Leccinos.

In Extra Virgin Olive Oil classes this year, Coriole received both silver and bronze awards in the Fleurieu Regional Challenge. However, it was in the tougher National Challenge Award, again open to all comers, which Coriole excelled, taking Gold for 2007 First Oil and Bronze for 2007 EVO.

The First Oil is a blend of 60% Koroneiki - the region�s mainstay variety - with 30% Frantoio and the remainder Coratino. EVO has 55% Frantoio, with the balance predominantly Koroneiki.

Mark Lloyd said he thought it was the higher than normal use of the peppery Frantoio that gave both oils their appeal. �This year we blended for pungency, spice and fruit characters in balance. Koroneiki always delivers light fresh flavours, but it�s the Frantoio that gives us that really appealing pepper.� The judges comments echoed those of Mark�s, also noting �...grassy and green banana aromas and intense sweeter flavours finishing with a firm bitterness.�

Both the 2007 Coriole Olive Oils are now released and widely available. Of course, if you�re unable to track them down, call the winery or drop in to Cellar Door where they can be tasted along with the full Coriole range of oils, olives, vinegars and Woodside cheese.

Top 100 for Coriole!

Coriole Chenin Blanc 2007 and Coriole Contour 4 Sangiovese Shiraz 2005 have made the Sydney International Top 100.

This is a great result for both wines given that approximately 5000 wines from all over the wine world are entered. Unlike most wine competitions, the Sydney International judges the wines alongside food. No surprise the Coriole showed well!!!

5 of the BEST!

Coriole has again been rated a 5 star winery by leading Australian journalist James Halliday in his 2008 Australian Wine Companion.

The bestselling and definitive guide to Australian Wines has become a must have for all wine enthusiasts.

The highlights included a fantastic 96 point rating for the Coriole flagship, Lloyd Reserve Shiraz 2005. Other wines that impressed Halliday include Mary Kathleen 2004, Estate Shiraz 2005 and Redstone Shiraz 2004.

Coriole Live! June / July 2007

At Coriole we have two exciting lunch time concerts. They will be held on Saturday 30th June & Saturday 7th July 2007. The concerts last for around 50 minutes and held in the winery barrel room, followed by lunch and a glass of wine in the fire warmed courtyard.

Doug de Vries & Dianna Clark

Saturday 30th June

A one off intimate performance by inspirational Melbourne musicians Doug de Vries (guitar) & Dianna Clark (vocals), and from Adelaide Mike Bevan (guitar)& Alain Valodze (guitar). The group will present a passionate journey of Brazilian guitar and voice from across some of the most beautiful and sensuous music of Brazil.

Concert starts at 12:00noon.

Tickets $40 per person

Corinthians Chamber Choir

Saturday 7th July

The Corinthians will present �The Winter Solstice�, various exquisite pieces of music from the Renaissance period through to the 20th Century.

Concert starts at 1:00pm.

Tickets $35 per person

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Romeo and Juliet

Essential Theatre presents Shakespeare�s greatest love story...

Coriole Vineyards
Friday 26th January 2007
$60 a ticket; includes hamper, 6pm for a 6:30 start

Let yourself be taken on this action packed journey where street fights are common and tears will flow. Can love conquer all?

Numbers are limited. For enquiries please contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Coriole Music Festival website launched

The Coriole Music Festival now has its own website, containing all the details about the annual event.


The website contains information about the upcoming festival in May 2007 and past years' programs.

UK Christmas Offer

Do you live in the UK, or have relatives, friends, associates in the UK?

Coriole Vineyards and The Headley Wright Wine Group can now offer the perfect Christmas gift solution: The Coriole Christmas Wine Selection.

The boxed set of six bottles, contains two white wines, a ros�, and three reds. It can be ordered online at a cost of UK �59.95, with delivery in time for Christmas. Ordering details can be found here.

19th Vintage of Sangiovese - 2005 Now Available

After the very enthusiastic media response to our 2004 Sangiovese, many may have wondered how we�d follow it up.

Rest assured, the grape pioneered in Australia by Coriole just keeps on getting better.

The summer of 2005 had a warmish January (average 22) and a very mild February (average 18). The ripening was slow but the final wine showed surprising rich colour and tannin. A year in old oak has settled the wine just enough to make it more akin to an Italian style than the very pretty 2004 wine.

The wine is medium-bodied, with classic aromas of tobacco / plum and spice. In the mouth, ripe cherry flavours lead to a complex, satisfying and grippy finish and the implication, �Drink me with food�.

Fiano... New Variety... New Taste

Fiano traces its roots to the ancient Romans, who allegedly called the variety �apiano� because its luscious ripe fruit attracted bees (�apis� in Latin).

We suspect this is because the tough skin of Fiano prevents any unpicked fruit left on the vine from deteriorating, well into the autumn.

The town of Avellino inland from Naples is the traditional center of the Fiano-growing district.

It is said that the variety almost died out in modern times with only a few hectares in production. This is probably because the vines are so low yielding. The wine is said to be redolent of pears and hazelnuts. However we find it more of pear / grapefruit and a pleasing structure and texture unlike any other white wine we know.

New Vineyards

In our continuing efforts to explore different varieties we are now in the process of replanting or grafting several small vineyards on the estate.

In four instances, Cabernet Sauvignon will make way for other varieties, although the small old vineyards supplying Mary Kathleen and Coriole Cabernet Sauvignon will be retained.

New rootstocks include Tahbilk clone Shiraz (R6WV28), sourced from 1860 plantings in the Goulbourn River Valley, and believed to be the original Shiraz clone in Australia. We�ve chosen this clone for its low yields and open bunches. We expect this to suit the shallow limestone soils of the site.

We are planting more Sangiovese "Brunello" clone, from the famous Chianti sub-region of Montalcino. This clone is adding a little more complexity to our Sangiovese wines. Still pioneering Italian varieties, we are also in the process of planting more Fiano, the Italian white grape that we have selected, confi dent that it has a big future in Australia.

Traditionalists will be pleased to hear that we are planting a new bush-vine Grenache vineyard. Here is a challenge for our viticulturist Rachel Steer; to rediscover the planting techniques of a previous generation. The clones sourced were selected from old Barossa vineyards.

2006 Whites Just in Time For Summer

2006 Chenin Blanc and 2006 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc have now been released.

Both are vibrant and fresh wines, promising great drinking through the coming summer months.

Our new labels set out to give a cool, clean appearance in keeping with the style of the wines themselves. The style is consistent with previous releases: fresh, fruit-driven, lively and crisp. Citrus tang is in the fore with the 2006 compared with the passionfruit tropical fl avours of the 2005. Chenin is a perfect accompaniment to the many seafood and salad meals we will all soon be enjoying. And it is ideal for a lazy late summer afternoon.

The Semillon / Sauvignon Blanc blend again uses highly aromatic Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc, blended with richer McLaren Vale Semillon. The result is a zesty nashi pear / granny smith scented wine. With firm natural acidity and depth, this will suit summertime well: picture a hammock under the shade of a peach tree and a glass of Coriole in your hand... life is good!

2004 Redstone - New Release, New Blend, New Label.

Things keep evolving at Coriole.

The Coriole winemaking team have this year made Redstone a varietal Shiraz, sourced from our own and selected vineyards in the region. Redstone now offers a new and different expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz, adding to Coriole�s already strong portfolio.

Presented in a burgundy bottle and with a new label to match, Redstone�s style is soft and even-textured. Restrained use of oak has allowed the natural character to shine through. Tannin is fine, gentle & grape-derived, so the wine can be drunk now.

Grainger Quartet

Saturday 18th November 2006 at 12:30pm, a one off intimate performance at Coriole Vineyards by the Grainger Quartet.

They said they would be back, and they are. Three members of the former Australian String Quartet have recruited a new cellist to become the Grainger Quartet. Natsuko Yoshimoto (violin), James Cuddeford (violin), Jeremy Williams (viola), will be joined by American Peter Rejto (cello) for a brand new subscription and national touring season.

$45 pp includes performance, followed by lunch & glass of wine in the courtyard.

For enquiries please contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Neighbours Alfresco - Sangiovese and Wood Ovens

October 8 2006

'Neighbours Alfresco, Sangiovese and Wood Ovens' is a day of food, fun and frivolity with neighbours, Chapel Hill Winery, Coriole Vineyards and Rosemount Estate. The event combines the joys of wood fired oven food and the Italian grape variety Sangiovese. Wineries will be offering a variety of wood oven foods using local produce.

Food - $10 per serve

Wine - $5 per glass, Sangiovese

Live Music - Hiptones, Caliente and Boris Loves to Boogie

Where - Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale

For enquiries please contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

2006 Vintage Report - A Game of Logistics

This year the vintage was preceded by a very cool February.

Many growers in the district noted earlier than usual flavour development in their crops. In early March a short hot spell ripened Shiraz very quickly, which made winemaking a game of logistics: roster enough pickers, time the tractors in and out, get the ferments going, keep the workers happy.

At Coriole, all our premium blocks were picked on schedule, even though one or two lesser vineyards had to wait for space. Our later ripening varieties such as Sangiovese, Mouvedre and Grenache were picked in the cooler weather of late March and early April and all reached optimum flavour development.

Shiraz at Coriole - 2004s Released

2004 Shiraz and 2004 Lloyd Reserve have now been made available.

The question most asked at Cellar Door and by our Trade customers is about ageing. Will the present releases last as long as our older wines? We certainly think so. Recently tasted older vintages have been very encouraging. Certainly the last 1970 I sampled was in wonderful condition, as was a 1980 presented by my host at lunch a few weeks ago. A recent email from customer Chris Muir spoke of a Coriole 1975 Shiraz he found �under the floor boards�.

�What a delightful surprise it was; certainly showing age with dense brick red colour, complex inky nose and hints of primary fruit on the palate, lovely acid with a light tannin grip. Altogether a pleasant and persistent flavour.� One of the interesting aspects of this 1975 vintage was that the crops were larger than normal and the wines were built on good acidity rather than dense extract.

So what of 2004? Our feeling is that these wines will cellar long and well, but the cellar itself will have a bearing. A cellar kept at 14-16C would be ideal for long term ageing. Our tips for recent Coriole Shiraz vintages that will reliably age are '04, '01, '98, '95. Wines from the early nineties are great drinking now, particularly the wonderful �twin� vintages of '90 and '91, plus '02 and '03 are great allrounders.

Coriole Live! May 2006

A one off intimate performance at Coriole by The Buyse-Webster Duo, Leone Buyse, flute, Michael Webster, clarinet and assisted by Leigh Harrold, piano.

The internationally acclaimed Buyse-Webster Duo is making its debut tour of Australia.

Flutist Leone Buyse and clarinettist Michael Webster are giving one performance only in South Australia � exclusively at Coriole Winery.

Both past members of several major American symphony orchestras, Buyse and Webster have performed widely in the USA as well as Canada, South America, the Netherlands, Japan and New Zealand. Recognised recording artists, writers and teachers, both are currently on faculty at Rice University, Houston.

Their visit to South Australia is prompted by Ms Buyse being longtime mentor and teacher of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal Piccolo, Julia Grenfell. The Buyse-Webster Duo will be assisted by pianist Leigh Harrold and the programme includes Brahms, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Schumann, and more!

The performance is followed by lunch & glass of wine in the courtyard at Coriole Vineyards.

$40 per person, performance starts at 12:00noon.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Pizza & Poets

Friday 7th July 2006 - Enjoy an evening of fine wine, gourmet pizza and mellifluous words.

The evening features four highly acclaimed South Australian poets: Jude Aquilina, Louise Nicholas, Elizabeth Mansutti and Nigel Day. Jude & Louise are back by popular demand, with new work, humour, satire and a few poetic surprises, and Elizabeth & Nigel need no introduction � all combined with Coriole's warm welcome, fine wines and very special wood oven pizza.

$30 per person includes pizza, poetry and a glass of wine, readings start at 7:00pm.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Consistency key to shiraz

By Mark Osborne, National Grape Grower magazine, April 2006

- Quality driven philosophy
- Irrigation frequency crucial
- Hand-picked and pruned

Seven years ago, Coriole altered the way it cares for shiraz vines.

The McLaren Vale winery inherited vines that had a second tier attached.

This was a result of high demand in McLaren Vale in the 1980s and 1990s.

But this disadvantaged quality, canopy management, berry size, irrigation and meant lack of fruitfulness.

Nowadays supply has obviously caught up and even surpassed demand.

So Coriole, conscious of the industry �s future, moved with the times and improved shiraz management in the process.

The top cordons were removed and now the focus is on producing the best quality fruit possible.

In 2002 winemaker Grant Harrison and viticulturist Rachel Steer formed a partnership that revolves around constant vineyard monitoring and data collation, consistency with management practices and communication with growers.

Grant says all vineyards are measured for moisture, and fruit weight, bunch weight, bud numbers and bunch numbers are all recorded.

"We are slowly building up this data bank that has enabled us to go into the vineyard and have the confidence to grade fruit accordingly," Grant said.

But one of the biggest successes has been to take on the management of the growers� vineyards.

Rachel is in effect a consultant for Coriole�s growers, and this enables consistent management practices and in turn has provided an improvement in quality.

�This has evened out the lumps and bumps of fruit quality we were getting in the winery,� Grant said.

Although recording as much data as possible is important for Grant and Rachel, Grant says the best way to know what is happening in the vineyard is to get out there.

�At the end of the day, pulling your boots on and having a look is the best thing you can do; we spend hours in the vineyard,� he said.

Grant says the biggest killer, from a winemaking point of view, is unevenness, either from vine to vine or within the vine.

�You really want every berry in every bunch to reach a level of physiological ripeness.�

To combat unevenness, Coriole fertigates all premium shiraz vineyards, mulches selected areas and varies the amount of water added by increasing drippers in some spots.

Shoot thinning is also done after bud burst.

Grant and Rachel also identify specific areas within the vineyard to pick at varying times.

This ensures a consistency of ripeness and quality.

Rachel says irrigation methods are crucial so, leading up to vintage, Coriole waters blocks with shallow soil every three days.

She believes some growers have placed too much emphasis on stressing the vine through lack of irrigation and this does fruit quality no good.

�Some growers have taken this method too far,� Rachel said.

�I think a bit of regulation is good, we don�t want to grow a big, lush canopy but by the same token you need the vines to function to provide the sugars and flavour.� Rachel believes the fruit ripens faster physiologically if the vine is functioning well.

Coriole hand-pick and prune all their premium fruit and although this costs more, Rachel says the company well and truly makes up the cost with a higher grade of fruit and a better quality wine.

Details: Coriole 08 8323 8305

Coriole Music Festival Program Announced

Coriole Music Festival today announced the largest line-up of instrumentalists and solo singers in its seven year history.

Its 2006 festival features Australian String Quartet, pianist Anna Goldsworthy, singers Kirsti Harms and John Heuzenroeder, and a wind sextet from principals of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Anthony Steel, who has compiled the festival this year, said all the musicians involved in the festival had very strong connections with South Australia.

�They either live and work here or were born and/or brought up in the state,� he said. �They relish the opportunity to work together in many configurations required in these three concerts.�

Mr Steel said pianist Anna Goldsworthy would be underpinning all three programs, which are presented on Saturday night, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.

Anna Goldsworthy would appear as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, continuing the Coriole Music Festival tradition of using artists in many different roles.

�In a year that sees Anna�s solo repertoire providing a survey of the sonata, she will play works by Scarlatti, Clementi, Prokofiev and Skryabin,�� said Mr Steel.

Two distinguished singers will be heard, one on each day. On Saturday Australian Opera star Kirsti Harms will perform Alban Berg�s Seven Early Songs and will close that concert with her inimitable interpretation of several of Kurt Weill�s cabaret songs.

On Sunday it is the turn of tenor John Heuzenroeder, a principal artist with Opera Australia. He will sing two cycles, Poulenc�s Tel Jour Telle Nuit, and an die ferne Geliebte by Beethoven.

Anna Goldsworthy will play for both singers. She will also join the Australian String Quartet, veterans of several previous Coriole festivals, in a performance of Schumann�s popular E flat Quintet. The quartet will also play works by Haydn and Janacek.

James Cuddeford, second violinist with the quartet, has written a new duo for himself and the quartet�s leader, Natsuko Yoshimoto, and they will give the world premiere of this work.

On Sunday, a new flavour will be introduced to the festival, when a sextet of principal wind players from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra play pieces by Janacek and Ligeti. To round off the weekend, wind and string players join forces in a performance of the Schubert Octet.

The Coriole Music Festival presents a series of concerts in an informal and delightful setting and is complemented by fine Coriole wines and meals by chef Tina Llewellyn.

The Coriole barrel room has attracted praise for its wonderful acoustic for chamber and vocal music, and the proximity of audience to performers adds an unexpected emotional dimension to the music.

After each of the concerts, there is plenty of time for musicians and audience to get to know each other over lunch and dinner.

Bookings are now open, and seating is restricted.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Coriole Music Festival

Coriole Music Festival Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May 2006

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Australia�s best-known arts festival director Anthony Steel is the music director of this year�s Coriole Music Festival in May.

Mr Steel is a resident of the McLaren Vale wine region and a keen supporter of festivals of all shapes and sizes. He has prepared a diverse and exciting program for the eighth Coriole Music Festival, to be held at the winery on the 6 and 7 May this year.

Anthony Steel says, 'Having directed so many large-scale festivals over the years, I first came to appreciate to the full the delights of smaller celebrations of particular localities and programming emphases as a result of chairing the Barossa Music Festival.

'I have been a keen audience member at wonderful Coriole Music Festivals in the past. and am very glad to have the opportunity to direct this year's Coriole Festival.

'For the 2006 Coriole Music Festival I have assembled a wide range of artists and repertoire'.

Mr Steel has directed more Adelaide Festival of Arts than any other person. As well as directing the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1974, 76, 78, 84 and 86, his major festival appointments have included three Sydney Festival of Arts and the first two Brisbane Biennial Music Festivals.

Coriole proprietor Mr Mark Lloyd said Coriole was very fortunate to secure the services of Mr Steel for the 2006 Festival.

'We believe Anthony�s huge experience in the arts and music festivals in particular will be great for the Coriole Music Festival,' he said.

Chris Burrell, music director of all the previous seven festival programs, is taking a sabbatical from the festival in 2006 due to heavy work commitments.

The Festival is held over two days at the Coriole Winery in McLaren Vale. The event brings together the best of classical music in three full-scale concerts with fine regional food and wine.

The full programme with details of all the participating artists will be launched soon.

Media enquiries: Contact Mark Lloyd on 08 8323 8305

New Release Wines

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 'Redstone' Shiraz / Cabernet
2005 Chenin Blanc
2005 Semillon
2005 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon

The last release of Cabernet Sauvignon from Coriole was in 2001. This 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and rich, indicative of the quality of the 2004 vintage. The palate is very generous, fleshy and juicy before a firm finish of flavoursome tannin. This wine can be cellared for many years.

2003 'Redstone' Shiraz / Cabernet

This wine is predominantly Shiraz with a small component of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine shows red fruit/ raspberry aromatics with a little spiciness from the oak. The wine is quite concentrated yet with a savoury element rather than very sweet fruit. The maturity of the fruit characters reflects the quality of the older vineyards used in this wine.

2005 Chenin Blanc Coriole�s flagship white since 1982

Very fresh aromatic style. The bouquet shows characters of melon, grapefruit and passionfruit. The palate is finely balanced, dry and flavoursome.

2005 Semillon

The Semillon has dominant citrus and citrus blossom flower aromatics. The palate is fresh and mouthfilling, with peach and marmalade flavours and a crisp and clean finish. Still quite youthful and zesty. Give this wine a few months to settle.

2005 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Very fresh youthful style with a whole fruit salad of flavours. Very pretty wine with a crisp finish.

Summer 2005 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Coriole activities have been focusing on food and wine events even more than usual.

We have had many dinners around the country in recent months. I presented a food and wine matching session at the Masterclass in Brisbane in July with Brad Jolly from Restaurant Lat 27. Master chef Jan Gundlach presented a dinner at the unusual intimate space Flavours, in Canberra and it was as inspirational as his previous Coriole dinners. In September many Coriole customers attended the highly successful Sangiovese cabaret lunch in Sydney. The double excuse was to celebrate the release of the 18th vintage of Coriole Sangiovese, the 2004 and to enjoy the wonderful food and wine-inspired cabaret of Ken Healey and company.

In October the many activities at Coriole included The Makers Table with Perth baker Kingsley Sullivan, Cheese campaigner Will Studd and Woodside Cheesewrights' Kris Lloyd. Kris recently returned from the Slow Food cheese event in Piedmonte, Italy and she is enthusiastically savouring more cheese discoveries.

Matters of taste do occupy our activities at Coriole. We believe that the more we smell, taste, sample and argue, the more we discover and enjoy food and wine. One of the big current issues regarding taste and the table is the question of sweetness in red wine.

How sweet do you like your red wines? Red wines are getting sweeter due to the effects of the move to later picking and higher alcohol. There are also many cases where the addition of very small amounts of grape concentrate act as a subtle sweetening agent. 'Do you find your wines are tasting too woody?' is being replaced by the question 'Do you find your red wines too sweet?' When you drink these styles with food do you find that the sweetness overwhelms rather than complements? If you do, then the question that can be most relevant when consulting a wine list is not, for instance, 'Do I want a concentrated rich shiraz or a medium bodied spicy style?' but instead, 'How do I choose a wine that is not over ripe and sweet but rather one that will complement the food?'

Higher levels of alcohol, apart from giving a sweet effect, tend to lower the apparent fruit flavours of the wine as well as give a warm washing to the palate that masks the structure and tannin. However there is a balance point for the taste of red wine. This is where the level of alcohol gives a balance to all these factors of fruitiness, sweetness and structure. It is this balance point that we are searching for when we do our final blending before bottling. In our experience at Coriole we believe the balance points for red wines are roughly between 13.5 and 14.5%.

There is a firm rejection of the high alcohol style in Europe. At a very prestigious tasting of Australian wines in London last year, with the cream of UK's wine journalists, such wines were ridiculed.

There are cultural factors to take into account. American and Chinese tastes can favour sweetness. A Chinese taxi driver in Sydney recently illustrated the subtlety of this. He was enthusiastic about our conversation on wine and emphasised that the Chinese taste, and his, was for sweet wine. I asked to smell the tea in his thermos. It was an aromatic pleasing green tea. 'I bet that's not sweet' I said to him. 'Definitely not' he replied 'I would not taste the pure flavour of the tea'. However he did not see the need to look for this in wine.

Prominent sweetness in wine will always be important for some occasions or people, but I think this recent trend will prove to be a fad and the accolades for these styles will continue to ease.

The 2003 reds are now well into their selling cycle. The Shiraz is nearly sold out, whilst the first of the 2004 full-bodied reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, is just released. It impressed the judges at the Adelaide Wine Show in October taking a gold medal - just on the market.

Finally, this is a reminder to start switching seasons in the high quality oils that you buy.

Best Wishes

Mark Lloyd - proprietor

Much Ado About Nothing

Coriole Vineyards and Essential Theatre present Shakespeare's romantic comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing'.


Get ready for villains to boo at, lovers to sigh to and fools to laugh at - this romantic comedy has it all!

Friday 27th January 2006, 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start. $60 per person, includes Coriole hamper.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Join Essential Theatre at Coriole Vineyards on this mgical summer's evening. With a superb glass of wine in tow, indulge in the intrigue, passion and hilarity of Shakepeare's well loved comedy, 'Much Ado About Nothing'.

After a victorious war, Don Pedro leads Claudio and Benedick, along with his bastard brother Don John, proudly to the home of Leonato. The soldiers are greeted warmly by Leonato, and his charming daughter Hero and witty niece Beatrice. It is here that sparks begin to fly. Benedick and Beatrice immediately chide one another like children with their merry 'war of words'. Everyone is convinced they should couple, so a cunning plan of love is devised amongst their friends. Claudio and Hero, on the other hand, are smitten by love-at-first-sight and are happily betrothed. However the course of true love never runs smoothly with Shakespeare�s ingenious pen. Jealous Don John does his best to meddle with the happiness of the young lovers with his drunkard offsider, Boracchio. Whilst a group of bumbling night watchmen also get involved twisting love�s purpose even more so.

Will these mishaps thwart the path of destiny for these young lovers?

Climate and aged vines make a special blend

The Adelaide Advertiser, October 26 2005

Royal Adelaide Wine Show Dozen

While the Lloyd family from Coriole Wines at McLaren Vale is renowned for its shiraz and Italian wine varietals, it is less well known for its cabernet sauvignon.

But, in those years when it does make the latter, the result is generally something pretty special.

The Coriole Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 was no exception, winning a gold medal in the commercial cabernet sauvignon class of 186 wines at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Only the Wayne Thomas Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 and the Majella Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 were able to stand alongside it.

"I�ve always been a big supporter of cabernet in McLaren Vale, I think we grow fabulous cabernet", Coriole chief winemaker Grant Harrison said.

He regards it as one of the best cabernets Coriole has produced with really voluptuous up front and nice cabernet cassis. Mr Harrison puts its success down to the excellent climatic conditions in McLaren Vale in 2004. He said the vines benefitted from being a minimum of 35 years old and coming from preclonal planting material.

"We�re also quite proud of our traditional winemaking techniques with small lot fermentation in open fermenters", Mr Harrison said.

We�re quite proud of the fact that we hold on to this tradition because we believe it gives us very good results. We focus on growing varieties and making wines that suit the soil types and climate of McLaren Vale, as opposed to making wines that are the flavour of the month". He said the family-owned wine company was continuing to grow by producing small volumes of handcrafted wines with production up to 35,000 cases a year.

The Wine: Coriole Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Winemaker: Grant Harrison
Retail price: $25
Adelaide Wine Show: Gold Medal

Nigel Austin

Unleashing the stallions

The Adelaide Advertiser, Food and Wine, 28th September 2005

It�s a glorious spring day among the vines. They�re sprouting their first expressions of a new vintage before a backdrop of rolling, rich green hills and a blissful crowd are strolling up and down dale from one winery to another.

It�s a scene from a multitude of my life-in-Tuscany books, and while the wood-fired ovens are cranked and the glasses are wafting Chianti-like aromas, a squadron of black cockatoos above says we�re in a different time zone.

This is, in fact, a little communal corner of the McLaren Vale district where on the October long weekend three wineries will collaborate to create a unique trail celebrating their Italianesque passion for the sangiovese grape and its perfect partner, a seasonal delight direct from the wood-fired oven.

The three wineries all have a different story to tell in their expression of the variety that is fast establishing itself as a fashion statement in a world where all things Italian are revered.

Importantly in the gastronomic world, the variety has a strength of character in the glass to partner the robust flavours in our favourite Italian dishes.

Within the variety�s own spectrum, you will find aromatic herbals like bay leaf and rosemary, with other earthy characters like mushroom and truffle and even some meaty tones, so that many tasting notes suggest sangiovese has a savoury personality to partner a classic sour cherry fruit palate. A range of winemaking styles also encourages different levels of acid and tannins to provide varying mouth-feels.

These all make for a wine that can stand up to rich tomato sauces with garlic, fragrant herbs, and highly flavoured meats like salami and prosciutto.

In the vineyards the variety is renowned for its vigour; so much work is done to prune and pick to restrict cropping levels and retain flavour strengths of the grapes, which show fruit ripeness in the region at about the 13 degrees to 14 degrees Baume. And even a close focus on just three of the district�s sangioveses shows how the grape can wear different-coloured coats.

Rosemount Estate (2004, $14), has built a sweet fruit style that�s generous in aromatic spice on the palate, notably with anise tones and with a little restrained structure in the mouth.

It suits a drinker new to the variety which, with its market capacity, probably makes the neighbours Chapel Hill and Coriole happy enough. If those first-timers like what they taste in accessible labels like Rosemount�s, there�s a good chance they�ll explore other brands.

While Rosemount sources its grapes mostly from the Fleurieu district of Langhorne Creek, Coriole (2004, $17) shows what can happen with vines that are unique to its estate and nudging 20 years old.

The vine age is now starting to provide complexities that include the more obvious varietal characteristics of bay leaf and herbal aromas working across a dark cherry-tinged palate with a serious tannin-braced finish.

Chapel Hill (2004, $19), according to winemaker Michael Fragos, has taken a more modern Tuscan approach with the addition of 25 per cent cabernet in the current release, called ii Vescovo (the Bishop) which shows in the distinctive minty and herbal nose before darker, richer spice on the palate. The Fiesta event on the October long weekend will mark the launch of Chapel Hill�s 2004 sangiovese / cabernet blend.

On Sunday and Monday, Chaffey Rd, McLaren Vale, neighbours Chapel Hill, Coriole and Rosemount will crank up their wood-fired ovens, turn on some music and serve their current-release sangioveses. Serves of food cost $10 and a glass of wine $5, with a package covering meals and wines at all three venues costing $45.

The wineries encourage visitors to stroll between their cellar doors from 11am - 4pm each day.

Tony Love

Coriole Live! October 2005

Intimate performances in Coriole's barrel room by inspirational new musicians followed by platter lunch and glass of wine, tickets $35. Concerts start at 1.00pm followed by lunch in the courtyard.

Saturday 1st October

Adelaide University Choral Society: A chamber choir comprised of singers from AUCS presents a program of beautiful unaccompanied choral motets from the Renaissance through to the 20th century.

Saturday 15th October

Emma Horwood: Leading Adelaide Harpist and Soprano, Emma Horwood presents a harp and voice recital of French and English music. With works by Benjamin Britten and Edmund Rubbra, including the song cycle "The Jade Mountain" for harp and high voice.

Saturday 22nd October

Schmoe & Co: An acoustic jazz trio group which consists of Schmoe - tenor saxophone, Ted Nettlebeck - piano & Sam Zerna - bass.

Sunday 30th October

Anna Goldsworthy: A recital by renowned pianist Anna Goldsworthy includes sonatas by Beethoven and Schubert.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Winemaker Brings ?Poetry Below the Neck? to the Table

Leading South Australian winery Coriole brings poetry to the table, via the wine bottle, in a new partnership with emerging Australian contemporary poets.

The Coriole Poet Series will be released in August 2005 on the back labels of Coriole's new Cabernet Barbera vintage (2004).

The project, believed to be unique in Australia, brings a new focus to the back labels on wine bottles and aims to further encourage the enjoyment of both the wine and the poems.

Coriole winemaker and CEO Mark Lloyd said, 'We all know the truism that wine and food are an excellent match. We want to test the proposition that wine, food and poetry could be even better. And besides, poetry is an overlooked art form and seems ideal to present in large type on the back label of a wine bottle. My interest in poetry as a teenager was rekindled recently by several visits to the Mildura Writers Festival. We hope the series will increase the exposure and enjoyment of the poems'.

The first poet to feature in the project is Jude Aquilina who is renowned for her earthy, sensuous and humorous poems, which allow readers to see the world anew. Six of Jude's poems will feature on the new Coriole Cabernet Barbera range. Jude's poems have been published nationally and internationally in newspapers, journals and anthologies. Two books of her poems: Knifing the Ice and On a Moon Spiced Night are currently available nationally through Wakefield Press. In July, Jude won the ABC Mildura Writers' Festival Poetry Prize.

The new Coriole Poet Series is available as a six-pack with the following six poems as back labels: The Artist, Cheese, Favourite Blue Movie, Garlic, She and Nipples.

Cabernet Barbera is a new blend from Coriole that marries the natural primary fruits of Barbera with the reticence and structure of Cabernet Sauvignon. The blend is 45% Barbera with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Coriole winery has thirty-three hectares of vines dating back more than eighty years, in the McLaren Vale wine district in South Australia. The Lloyd family established the winery in 1967. Coriole wines are estate-produced and sold worldwide. Coriole has three specialities: the traditional Shiraz which is increasingly the worldwide fame of McLaren Vale; the unusual and distinctive Chenin Blanc, and Sangiovese, pioneered in Australia by Coriole since 1985. From 1989 Coriole was also a pioneer of the 're-emerging' Australian Olive Oil industry.

Neighbours Alfresco, Sangiovese & Wood Fired Ovens

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd October 2005

Neighbours Alfresco is two days of food, fun & frivolity with our neighbours, Rosemount Estate & Chapel Hill.

The event combines the wonders of wood fired oven food and the Italian grape variety Sangiovese. We will be offering a variety of Coriole produce & regional foods straight from our courtyard wood oven matched to our 2004 Sangiovese.

There will be live entertainment in the courtyards from Brazilian, Cuban band Caliente.

Food $10 � Glass of Sangiovese $5

Purchase a package for each winery � including a glass, 3 meals and 3 glasses of wine � plus a chance to win 3 dozen wines from the participating wineries � all for $45.00

For enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Sensational Laboratory 2005

Sunday 16th October

A keen interest in taste and flavour over the last 35 years has seen Coriole lead Australia in the production of new grape varieties such as Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Barbera.

Over the past 15 years Coriole has also led Australia in pioneering premium olive oils, olives, vinegars and cheese. During the Fiesta! Coriole will be holding a unique day of food & sensory evaluations with mastercalsses in Wine, Olive Oil & Cheese.

Olive Oil will be presented by Mark Lloyd, specialty Cheese by Kris Lloyd and the 2005 Vintage by winemaker Grant Harrison.

After the morning of fun and education people will enjoy a regional two-course lunch and wines in the gardens of Coriole. The day will start at 11:00am.

Cost: $85 all-inclusive

Bookings are essential. Contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Fiesta! Awards Dinner

Saturday 29th October

On Saturday night 29th October Coriole is the venue for the Fleurieu Food Fiesta! awards. $40.00 for a 3 course meal.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

2005 Vintage Report - Grant Harrison

2005 was a relatively short and compressed vintage due to most varieties ripening within a narrow timeframe. This was most likely due to warm ripening conditions combined with lower than usual rainfall post Christmas.

The 2004 winter was characterised by better than average rainfall resulting in high soil moisture content. Whilst budburst was relatively even it was followed by a period of rapid spring growth resulting in larger than usual canopies. Very little if any irrigation was applied during this time. Pruning levels and ideal conditions at flowering resulted in moderate crop levels.

The ripening period was characterised by warm temperatures and very low rainfall, conditions well suited for the production of high quality fruit. As sugar levels increased it was noted that the arrival of optimum flavor would be delayed. In some of our premium vineyards picking was undertaken up to two weeks later than average to 'capture' optimum flavour.

As the various parcels of fruit entered the winery it was clear that we were experiencing a great vintage for Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. The top end wines showed fantastic depth, concentration and fruit definition.

Grant Harrison


Winery Walk and Lunch

Saturday 13th August

The winery walk is a new initiative being offered to a small group of people. You will have the opportunity to taste wines from barrel and tank from the 2005 vintage. The tour will be guided by the winemaker and will take about one and a half hours. The tour will be followed by lunch in the courtyard. Cost is $40 including lunch and wine.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

Coriole Live! July 2005

A one off intimate performance in Coriole's barrel room by inspirational Melbourne musicians Doug de Vries (guitar) and Dianna Clark (vocals), and from Adelaide, Mike Bevan (guitar) and Alain Valodze (guitar).

Saturday 16th July

The group will present a passionate journey of Brazilian guitar and voice from across some of the most beautiful and sensuous music in Brazil, they will bring spontaneity, good feeling, and humour to Brazilian classics as well as inspired originals.

The performance is followed by two-course lunch and glass of wine in the open fire warned courtyard at Coriole Vineyards, cost $40 all inclusive. Performance starts at 1.00pm.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

2003 Lalla Rookh Grenache Shiraz

New release wine.

The classic McLaren Vale blend was first bottled at Coriole in about 1973. The Grenache is from a very famous bush vine near Kangarilla and the Shiraz from 60 year old vines at Willunga. Old Grenache gives complex and mature notes in blends and also contributes a lusciousness to the palate which is very appealing. The 2002 Lalla Rookh just returned a very strong 92 points in the Spectator magazine in the United States.

We know of one entusiastic Coriole friend in Canberra who has actually visited Lalla Rookh's grave in Pakistan.

For more information about Lalla Rookh, click here.

2003 Shiraz

New release wine.

Produced entirely from vineyards at Coriole, this wine is the pinnacle of Shiraz produced this year. The single vineyard, Lloyd Reserve Shiraz, was not produced in 2003 so forms the base of this wine.

The 2003 Shiraz is very generous, has very velvety tannins and deep colour. Drink soon or cellar for the medium term.

For more information about Shiraz, click here.

2005 Barbera Verjuice

New release product.

Fresh from the press - the wine press - this year's February batch thinning of Barbera, has once again been selected to make verjuice. Growing in popularity, Coriole's verjuice is now used in many restaurants including the local 'Star of Greece'. We love it's pretty colour and delicate flavour. One Coriole friend drinks it neat as an aperitif.

Coriole Music Festival 2005

The seventh Coriole Music Festival will be held on Saturday 31st April and Sunday 1st May, 2005.

The Coriole Music Festival is unique in that it combines performers of different forms of music (vocal, choral, chamber music) in an integrated program that each year illustrates a different stream of classical music development. In 2005, "Land of the Firebird" will focus on writing by Russian composers, but will also include French music to reflect the longstanding cultural links between Russian aristocracy and the French capital.

Works by Shostakovich include the intensely personal String Quartet no. 8, several of his Preludes and Fugues for solo piano, and the tuneful Sonata for cello and piano Op 40. The French link is provided by three dance movements from the ballet Petrouchka by Stravinsky, transcribed for solo piano by the composer - and two 20th century masterpieces, Ravel�s lyrical String Quartet in F major, and excerpts from the Catalogue d�Oiseaux by Olivier Messiaen for solo piano.

The programme is balanced by late romantic Russian music by Sergei Rachmaninov - the Etudes tableaux Op 33 for piano, and concludes with Rachmaninov�s unaccompanied choral Vespers or Late Night Vigil, a passionate, intense masterpiece of the Russian Orthodox liturgy.

Performers for the 2005 Coriole Music Festival include the highly respected Tankstream Quartet, Adelaide Chamber Singers and pianist Michael Kieran Harvey. There are also two musicians from the Toronto Symphony, cellist Audrey King and French Horn Scott Wilson contributing cameo performances.

This series of concerts with food and wine takes place in an informal and delightful setting. As in past years, critic Ken Healey introduces each concert with an informative pre-concert talk. Our barrel room has a wonderful acoustic for chamber and vocal music, and the proximity of audience to performers adds an unexpected emotional dimension to the music and performance.

After each of the concerts, the musicians and audience are able to get to know each other over Coriole wines and delicious food prepared by Tina Llewellyn.

Bookings are now open. As seating is limited, we advise you to book early. Payment will be charged in April after you have received final program details. If you have any queries, please contact Louise Holley by email or at Coriole on (08) 8323 8305.

Yours sincerely

Mark Lloyd

Coriole Live! January / February 2005

Intimate performances in Coriole's barrel room by inspirational new musicians followed by platter lunch and glass of wine, tickets $35. Concerts start at 1.00pm followed by lunch in the courtyard.

Saturday 29th January

Caliente: Alain Valodze (guitar), Mike Bevan (guitar) and Charmaine Jones (vocals) perform some contemporary and traditional Brazilian songs and chorus.

Saturday 5th February

The Venus Trio: Julia Grenfell (flute), Renae Stavely (oboe) abd Leah Stephenson (bassoon), a young dynamic Adelaide chamber ensemble comprising of members of the Adelaide Symphony Prchestra.

Saturday 12th February

Con Brio: Katina Czyczelis (flauto dolce), Emma Luker (violin), Brenwen Whyatt (violoncello) and Trevor Howe (archlute) perform authentic baroque style works by Handel, Quantz and Telemann.

Bookings and enquiries contact Louise on 08 8323 8305 or use the contact form.

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A Midsummer Night?s Dream

Essential Theatre and Coriole Vineyards presents Shakespeare�s romantic comedy

A Midsummer Night�s Dream

The scene is set for a night of magic and madness. Four young lovers, mischievous fairies! �The course of young love never did rum smooth�.

Individual Coriole food hampers are included in the ticket price for the twilight performance in the gardens at Coriole. BYO picnic rug or deck chair.

Sunday 23rd January 2005, 6pm for a 6.30pm start. $50 per person, includes Coriole hamper.

Limited seating, tickets available from Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale. Phone Louise on (08) 8323 8305 or email Louise. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT


November 2004 Newsletter

Maybe it�s the spring, which looking out from the Coriole courtyard this year looks so deeply green. A few years ago there would have been abundant brown earth because early spring was a time to cultivate between the rows. Now nearly all vine rows in the district have crops: many perennial, dying off as summer approaches and reseeding in the winter. The growth of some of these crops eclipses the height of the vine, adding to the spring lustre.

And just this morning at coffee, winemaker Grant advanced the theory that in recent years we are seeing so many more small birds, such as honey eaters and finches, because of many acres of grasses and seeds.

October is a busy time in McLaren Vale; McLaren Vale Wine Show, trophy dinner, the winemakers lunch for about 700 people which I describe as the McLaren Vale �family picnic� (except it costs $130), an olive �Fiesta�, and then early in November the Fleurieu Biennale � a McLaren Vale art prize that is the richest landscape prize in the country. There are many associated art prizes and activities spread over several weeks.

This event which started eight years ago was largely the inspiration of Greg Trott, owner of Wirra Wirra. Just a few weeks ago Libby and I went to the dinner for the official opening of the Wirra Wirra winery. This was merely 120 years after it started! But this is typical of the eccentricity and irony of Greg. He has been the visionary, the district unifier, and creator of the McLaren Vale style of doing business. And for all the things he has achieved there are many other dreams and plans on the drawing board. They are so often about the region - the history and culture of the region rather than just an extension of his wine business. And apart from finally achieving �inside loos� Wirra Wirra has a major ironstone addition, the second since the 19th century ruins were rebuilt in the 1970s.

Coriole Sangiovese continues to consolidate in many markets throughout Australia. We are now not permitted to refer to it as an Italian variety on the label through our agreements with the EU. Italians are very protective of their varieties. Earlier this year I was invited to speak at a conference in Sondrio in Northern Italy. With tongue in cheek I explained that when talking now about the origins of Sangiovese I tell people that it comes from a country somewhere between France and Bulgaria! I said this is silly. I can�t promote Italy any more.

But now I agree. Its time to forget Italy and mouldy white truffles and terrible coffee! Its time to concentrate on the distinctive qualities that these varieties bring to the table in Oz.

And what�s happening at Coriole? We have been visiting customers around the country; blending wines; planning a new evaporative cooling system for the winery. We launched the first of a new series of taste workshops called Sensational Laboratory where guests do a range of comparative tastings. Of course we chose cheese, olive oils, and wines. Louise Holley, the Cellar Door manager and Coriole �food stylist� and I have extended this idea to tasting teas and have selected an outstanding �first flush� Darjeeling for the weekend restaurant. And on the rest of the Sundays in October we presented a series of lunchtime concerts in the barrel shed of the winery.

Our long-lasting enthusiasm for Chenin-Blanc has been rewarded with recognition in France�s Rendez-Vous du Chenin 2004. This year Coriole�s Chenin was selected from an international field of 210 as one of the Grandes Expressions de Chenin. Chenin has been a great favourite of Coriole supporters and this award shows its considerable heritage. France�s Chenins have always been well-regarded for their ageing potential, ie the Marc Bredif available through Negociants Australia. We love to impress the wine trade with old Coriole Chenins. Screw cap bottles should make such old wines very reliable and sponsor us to hold more stock back for ageing.

The new seasons olives and oils, from this past winter, have had a run of show success. The Kalamatas received a Gold award at the South Australian Competition. The quality across all our grades is very strong this year. The trend, for us, is to aim for medium to small crops of quite dark and therefore very flavoursome olives.

The second success is with olive oil. The Coriole EVO is outstanding this year and has won several awards. The pure Koroneiki oil, Diva, from the groves at Coriole has won Gold medal at the Olives SA Show and Top Oil of Show, and Top Oil of Show at the Fleurieu competition.

If you wish to join the Coiole newsletter mailing list, please use the contact form.

Thank you for your support. We welcome your feedback. My direct contact is or fax 08 8323 9136.

Best Wishes

Mark Lloyd

The Sensational Laboratory

Sunday 3rd October 2004 - A trio of intimate masterclass events followed by a three course lunch with live entertainment.

Olive Oil Masterclass

presented by Mark Lloyd

Specialty Cheese Masterclass

presented by Kris Lloyd

2004 Vintage Masterclass

presented by Grant Harrison

Coriole Live! October 2004

Intimate performances in Coriole's barrel room by inspirational new musicians followed by platter lunch and glass of wine, tickets $35. Concerts start at 1.00pm followed by lunch in the courtyard.

Sunday 10th October


- Alain Valodze (guitar), Mike Bevan (guitar) and Charmaine Jones (vocals) perform some contemporary and traditional Brazilian songs and choros.

Sunday 17th October


- Strings on a Sunday, this stunning four-piece string quartet will perform Argentinean tango music along with original pieces of work.

Sunday 24th October

Nick Parnell

and special guest Julia Grenfell - Nick (marimba, percussion) performs a stunning selection of music from around the world including Japan, Africa, Brazil and Spain.

Sunday 31st October

Zdenek Bruderhans

and guest Monica Laczofy - Zdenek (flute) and Monica (piano) perform Thgree Great Czech Sonatas; Benda, Mantinu, Dvorak.

Bookings and Enquiries: Contact Louise at Coriole (08) 8323 8305 or

The Emperor?s New Clothes

With the release of the 2001 vintage reserve wines from our cellar comes a new look for the Lloyd Reserve and Mary Kathleen.

We decided to revisit the dress and presentation of these special wines. Due to recent issues of fraud in the wine world�s auction circuit we have instituted security numbering.

As always these wines represent allotments of the most impressive of fruit from our estate vineyards, which date back almost a century.

The 2001 Lloyd Reserve exhibits a classic Australian Shirz nose; rich, ripe and complex, with an intense and well-structured palate, and flavours of blackberry and chocolate. Typical of the 2001 vintage, this wine is ideal for futher cellaring.

Mary Kathleen - Another well structured wine from the 2001 vintage. This Cabernet Merlot blend shows lifted smoky berry fruit and long elegant palate. Another fine wine for the cellar.

The 2001 vintage had a hot spell followed by a reasonably cool finish to the growing season. Late rains produce wines of quite refined tannin structure and balanced fruit character. This vintage provides outstanding potential to cellar and mature.

Winter Warmers

Winter brings back the fashionable sip of port or sweet white by the open fire. And just in time, we have put to bottle the 2003 Fortified Shiraz and 2003 Racked Chenin Blanc.

The Fortified Shiraz is produced in traditional fashion, hand plunging and skimming of the seeds produce an almost syrupy, dense rich blackberry driven wine that will warm your heart and curl your toes.

The 2003 Racked Chenin Blanc is a new wine for us using an Old World method of drying the fruit on racks prior to crushing and fermentation, thus concentrating the sugars and flavours, without the loss of natural acidity. This is also where we derived the name for this wine. Hints of dried apricots, marmalade and fresh citrus acidity make this a lovely accompaniment with cheeses, nuts and dried fruits or even give it a go with hotter Asian or Indian dishes that need a little zest.

Question: 2001 or 2002. Which is the better vintage?

2002 has been trumpeted as a great vintage. The summer was cool. It was an easy season to grow excellent quality grapes.

As one of Australia�s top wine men said about a year ago, �thank god for the 2002 vintage because the industry is going to need it.�

The 2002 certainly is an appealing vintage. At Coriole many of the wines have now been released -- Shiraz, Redstone, Lalla Rookh. They are immediately accessible. The wines are fruit driven, full in the mouth, and with very gentle tannin.

These are wines to buy and drink! These are wines to put in the cellar and drink!

Recently at the London Wine Trade Fair it was possible to compare 2001 and 2002 reds from several wineries. The contrast was very similar - the 2002s juicy and succulent - the 2001s leaner, firmer and with more structure.

But there are now a few reassessments. As one wine journalist said recently, �I am changing my mind about these two vintages � there are some 2001s that are starting to look good. With bottle age they are softening, gaining fruit. For lovers of big reds they offer the structure and depth needed.�


Both vintages are good�just keep the 2001 in the cellar a little longer.

-- Mark Lloyd

Coriole Restaurant Review - The Adelaide Advertiser

Lunches weekends and public holidays noon to 4pm.

Few places in this world are more beautiful than Coriole, perched on its hill with the vista of the Southern Vales on one side and a riot of country garden flora on the other.

Once there, you never want to leave. Well, after a satiating Saturday lunch, one feels perhaps one cannot leave.

Just behind the handsome stone cellar door of Coriole, a place for tasting not only wines but also olives, oils and cheeses, is a sheltered patio dining area with the cosiness of an open fire artfully counterpointed against the verdant landscape view.

The wines softly flow as one grazes through the gastronomic offerings. The weekend deal at Coriole is share platters � $36 for two.

Snacks they are not. The Coriole platters are a voyage through the Vales. The first impression is the tower of bread � a finely balanced teeter of sliced Matisse breads, fig and fennel, poppyseed and walnut, olive and plain french loaf, surrounded by the cheeses, meats, vegetables, dips and salad.

The best intentions of moderate eating fall asunder when fig bread meets Charleston jersey milk brie. It is swoon sensation. And the exploration has just begun. There is the Woodside Edith goat's milk white mould cheese to try. Swoon again. And then goat curd with fresh olive oil and pepper.

The Hamlets of Willunga cured beef and char-grilled chorizo is delicious, as is the chicken fillet with fresh herbs from the Coriole garden. And then there is the anchovy-salty anchoide, the sweetness of the carrot and ginger dip, fetta and olive pate, pickled ribbons of cucumber, witlof and pear salad, char-grilled vegies ... and could there be more? Yes, a sliver of cheddar is hiding in there.

Did I mention the carolling magpies?

The 2002 semillon and 2002 sangiovese are the complementing wines for the feast, beautifully devised and arrayed by chef Bevereley Muillot. And, if one has paced oneself nicely, there is coffee and cake for dessert.

Samela Harris

The Advertiser, 9 June 2004

Coriole Music Festival - Review

Adelaide Review June 2004
by Michael Morley

Since its inception in 1999, Coriole�s two-day festival of music, wine and food has become an essential slot on music-lovers� calendars. The programs offer a smart mixture of the familiar and rarely-heard, the menus a combination of cuisines, perfectly complemented by Coriole�s range of wines.

This year the focus of three concerts was on 19th and 20th-century composers with links to the city of Vienna, though the program is not unnecessarily restricting. For example, alongside Schubert and Webern, whose links to the city were continuous, Schumann does not immediately suggest a Viennese connection � though he did live there between September 1838 and March 1839. This connection was impetus enough to present his sublime song-cycle Dichterliebe in such intimate surroundings as Coriole winery�s barrel room.

As always at Coriole, the mix of styles and forms was distinctive: solo piano, a cappella choral music, Lieder and chamber music in a variety of combinations. The opening Saturday concert offered a program sufficient for two recitals: four Schuetz Motets; Beethoven�s E Minor Rasumovsky Quartet; four Webern pieces for violin and piano; the Schubert B Flat Trio, and Dichterliebe. The performer list was similarly full � Syntony, the Australian Quartet, pianist Josephine Allan, and baritone Michael Lewis, all who would reappear (in addition to Nicole Youl, David Pereira and Brett Dean) for the other two concerts.

Such mix-and-matching shapes Coriole�s distinctive character: where else might one find a festival opening with Schuetz and closing with Schoenberg�s Transfigured Night? There is a danger that the calibre of performances could be variable: here they ranged from the persuasive and musically engaging (everything from Syntony), to the electrifying (the ASQ�s Sunday account of the C Major Rasumovsky, with a final movement of real edge-of-the-seat playing, full of bite, attack and brilliantly clear articulation). The ASQ performances at this Festival showed them, in their new ensemble, to be playing with a flair and passion which had been missing for some time. One had only to watch violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto�s leading of the Schubert Trio to infer that her approach to music-making must be playing a significant role in the quartet�s transformation. Joined by Pereira and Dean for the closing performance of Transfigured Night, the quartet and their additional members sounded either as if they had been playing together for months rather than hours.

Baritone Michael Lewis, well-known for his performances on the operatic stage, was heard in a different environment and genre, with eloquent performances of Schumann and Brahms. If at times he might have adjusted his levels to better suit the size of the venue and its acoustics, one had to admire his whole-hearted commitment to the demands of Brahms� long lines and passionate exploration of a range of emotions. Die Mainacht, in particular, received a fluent, haunting reading, and the surging, passionate declamations of Von ewiger Liebe, which manages to encompass the emotional sweep of Wagner with about one-and-a-half million fewer notes, showed him in splendid voice.

Here, as in the Schumann cycle, he was well supported by pianist Josephine Allan, who had probably the most demanding tasks for the weekend: Webern one minute (the four pieces Op 7, in two performances with the excellent James Cuddeford); Schubert the next, Brahms, Schumann and Hindemith. With the Schumann, in particular, the accompaniment might have been shaped with a little more freedom and attention to colour, but it was good to hear Hindemith�s wonderful Night Piece from his 1922 Suite. Still, with the Vienna connection, why not one or two of Eisler�s elliptical and far less technically demanding piano pieces?

For sheer enjoyment, the highlight of the weekend was a selection of songs from Mahler�s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, that unique, musically diverse and often heartstopping series of settings of German folk poems.

Surely one of Australia�s orchestras could now look at this cycle and engage Michael Lewis and Nicole Youl, whose readings of In praise of high intelligence and Urlicht were distinguished by a smart sense of theatre for the former and a beautifully sustained vocal line in the latter.

Coriole Music Festival - Review

The Advertiser, May 4 2004
by Raymond Chapman Smith

In its six-year history, the Coriole Music Festival has come to be a significant and very enjoyable venture.

For much of that time, there has been a certain focus given to established, east-coast imports but this year's rich, three-concert feast gave resounding proof that the only thing separating Coriole from world-class performing ensembles is the South-Eastern Freeway.

Vocal quartet, Syntony and the superb Australian String Quartet provided all the highlights any two-day festival could ask for.

Both ensembles made wonderful contributions in their core, quartet formations and, with coincidental symmetry, expanded to sextet dimensions for the beginning and conclusion of the day's program.

At 11am on a cold Sunday (in a shed), you would want something a bit special and Syntony's inspired performance of three movements from Johannes Ockeghem's Requiem was a very special moment.

With the addition of Emma Horwood's radiant soprano and baritone Christopher Guntner, Syntony gave vivid life and light to one of the Renaissance's greatest creations.

The ASQ continues to amaze. It marries expressive detail, ensemble precision and a uniquely beautiful sound in a way that constantly puts me in mind of the great Amadeus Quartet in its heyday. I can think of no higher quartet compliment.

The reading of Beethoven's Third Rasumovsky quartet was the centrepiece of this festival.

Cellist David Pereira and violist Brett Dean had been waiting all weekend to join the ASQ for Coriole's twilight finale.

They had conserved a lot of energy which was most effectively released in an intensely impassioned reading of Schoenberg's lushly Romantic Transfigured Night � an ideal endpoint to this memorable weekend.

Delayed vintage has concert musicians over a barrel

The Advertiser, April 29 2004
by Patrick McDonald

The music of Vienna will mingle with the aroma of fermenting wine at this weekend's annual Coriole Music Festival in McLaren Vale.

A late vintage means Coriole Vineyards' shiraz and nebbiolo grapes will still be bubbling away in open-top fermenters in the foyer of its intimate Barrel Room concert setting. Other barrels and fermenters are being hastily moved this week to make room for the 200 limited seats to the series of three concerts on Saturday and Sunday.

"The festival has enjoyed a growing word-of-mouth reputation and there are more and more younger people attending each year," said music director Chris Burrell.

First held in 1999, each year it explores different national styles of music and associated literary traditions, with several concerts and a formal meal.

"This festival is unique in that it combines performers of different musical forms � vocal, choral, chamber music � in an integrated program," Mr Burrell said.

This year's Coriole Music Festival focuses on music by composers from the Second Viennese School in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Australian String Quartet will perform two contrasting Beethoven quartets from the composer's middle period, while violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto and cellist Niall Brown will also join pianist Josephine Allen in a dramatic Schubert trio. Opera Australia's Michael Lewis and Nicole Youl will sing the delicate yet passionate Dichterliebe by Schumann and Mahler's moody Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a strange fusion of folk and military influences.

Young Adelaide vocal ensemble Syntony will also trace the origins of polyphonic choral writing by Flemish composer Ockeghem through psalms by Heinrich Schutz and songs of love and nature by Brahms.

It will also feature four short pieces for violin and piano by Anton Webern and conclude with Schonberg's 1899 string sextet masterpiece Verklarte Nacht, inspired by a lovers' triangle, with special guests Brett Dean (viola) and David Pereira (cello).

Concert times are Saturday at 5pm and Sunday at 11am and 4.30pm.

Coriole Music Festival 2004

Bookings are now open for the 2004 Coriole Music Festival, to be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May.

The Coriole Music Festival is unique in that it combines performers of different forms of music (vocal, choral, chamber music) in an integrated program that each year illustrates a different stream of classical music development.

In 2004 the three concerts will explore the rich musical legacy of Vienna with a program that includes works by Beethoven, songs of love and nature by Brahms, Schumann�s song cycle Dichterliebe, Mahler�s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Sch�nberg�s string sextet Verkl�rte Nacht. Performers include the Goldner String Quartet, Josephine Allen (piano), Michael Lewis (baritone), Nicole Youl (soprano), vocal quartet Syntony, violist Jeremy Williams and cellist Niall Brown.

This series of concerts with food and wine takes place in an informal and delightful setting. As in past years, critic Ken Healey introduces each concert with an informative pre-concert talk. Our barrel room has a wonderful acoustic for chamber and vocal music, and the proximity of audience to performers adds an unexpected emotional dimension to the music and performance.

After each of the concerts, the musicians and audience are able to get to know each other over Coriole wines and delicious food prepared by Tina Llewellyn.

Bookings are now open. As seating is limited, we advise you to book early. Payment will be charged in late April after you have received program details. If you have any queries, please contact Heather Budich at Coriole on 08) 8323 8305, fill out our contact form, or email

Coriole Music Festival 2004 - the legacy of Vienna

For nearly 150 glorious years from the late 18 th century, Vienna attracted and nurtured some of the greatest European composers the world has known - Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Hugo Wolf, Mahler, and Bruckner. The city saw the conception and flowering of the classical string quartet and symphony, and the evolution and maturation of the German lied and the extended song cycle. The latter 19 th century was marked by serious aesthetic conflicts between different factions and was followed in the early decades of the 20th century by the 12-note atonal compositional explorations of Sch�nberg and his students Alban Berg and Anton Webern (the so-called 2 nd Viennese school).

The three concerts of the 2004 Coriole Music Festival explore some of these developments. Music from the origins of polyphonic choral music by the 15th century Flemish composer Ockeghem, and psalms by the great 17th century composer Heinrich Sch�tz set the scene for three contrasting 19th century vocal masterpieces; the delicate yet passionate cycle Dichterliebe by Schumann, songs of love and nature by Brahms, and the cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler, a strange amalgam of folk and military influences set to moody, haunting music. Folksongs by Sch�nberg bring a 20th century perspective.

The Goldner String Quartet will perform two Beethoven quartets that span this composer�s development; an early formal classical quartet from Op 18, and the brooding late Op 130 quartet concluding with the rarely played Grosse Fugue. Goldner members Dimity Hall and Julian Smiles join with pianist Josephine Allan in a contrasting chamber work, Schubert�s popular Op 99 Trio. The Festival concludes with early 20 th century Viennese works including Sch�nberg�s string sextet Verkl�rte Nacht, inspired by the pain of the discovery and the acceptance of a lovers� triangle.

Performers this year include the internationally acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, recognised in particular for their performances of Beethoven and 20 th century music; Syntony, a young Adelaide-based ensemble of four voices dedicated to performing Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary music; Michael Lewis and Nicole Youl, leading singers with Opera Australia who are also outstanding solo recitalists; and pianist Josephine Allan, Principal Keyboard Player with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and well known chamber player.

Musical Director

Chris Burrell

Either nostril it's your choice...

Recently in the BBC Reith lectures about one's nostrils and the sense of smell, my curiosity was perked. When I was in the tasting room last month I put it to the test, proving that science is a wonderful thing.

The hypothesis: different nostrils smell different things. No, not other people�s nostrils, your nostrils. Left nostril versus right nostril.

The theory: Recent brain scan studies show the left brain lights up when the right nostril smells, and the right brain lights up when the left nostril smells. This is pretty standard. But what if the left-brain smells differently than the right?

The experiment: We asked randomly selected volunteers, that is, everyone in the tasting room at 4:30pm on Sunday, to sniff a wine through their left nostril and then their right.

The conclusion? Everyone said the wine smelled different according to which nostril was used.

Discussion: What if the theorists are right and the left side of the brain is full of intuitive and emotional responses and the right side is analytical? When we shamelessly prompted everyone at the cellar door they all agreed. Yes, they were getting pleasure to the left, analysis to the right.

Further reading: Apparently wine buff Dr Max Lake's latest book takes a look at this very issue of using one�s nostrils independently.
TASTE by Max Lake

Further experimentation: Go home, open a bottle of wine, smell the wine through both nostrils independently. Argue with your partner, and then smell the wine again. Attempt The Australian newspaper�s cryptic crossword, and then smell the wine again. If we are right, it will smell different each time.

Further discussion: Eat dinner. Drink the wine. Don�t take this too seriously.

The Philosophy of Love

What is true love? This event explores the nature and possibility of true love from Plato to the present through philosophy, a dramatic performance and lively audience participation in the form of a Platonic Symposium

A witty, intellectual but not very serious look at lurvve! Direct From Sydney and showing at Coriole Vineyards as part of the Fringe: The Philosophy of Love (1 - 3pm 5, 6 and 7 March 2004). Tickets, including performance and cheese platter (excellent wine obviously available, at an extra cost) are $35 ($30 conc) and available through FringeTix on 8100 2004. For more information, contact Louise on (08) 8323 8305.

The Philosophy Plays concept of including a philosophical presentation with drama and audience participation has been held for seven successful years at a Greek restaurant in Sydney.

The Philosophy of Love is a great theatre treat combining a dramatic performance and lively audience participation in the form of a Platonic Symposium, in the heart of McLaren Vale at Coriole Winery, so there's wonderful food and wine as well.

Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

�If music be the food of love, play on�

Essential Theatre presents Shakspeare�s "Twelfth Night".

The scene is set.

Drunken Knights. Bawdy Wenches. Weeping Widows.

Come one, Come all,for an evening of good fun, food and wine with Shakespeare�s much-loved comedy, Twelfth Night.

Individual Coriole food hampers are included in the ticket price for the twilight performance in the gardens at Coriole.

Sunday January 25, 2004 6:00pm for a 6.30pm start. $45 per person (includes individual Coriole hamper)
Children under 10 - Free (hamper not included)

Sparkling, wine, beer, and softies available.

BYO Picnic Rug or Deck Chair

Limited Seating

Tickets available from Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Road, McLaren Vale.

Phone Louise on 08) 8323 8305 or

Sangiovese comes of age

Sangiovese has come of age... Coriole first released a Sangiovese in 1987. Vine age is increasing and each year wine quality is improving.

The vines are all sufficiently old. They are balanced, and protected, and happy to be crop-thinned when necessary.

The result was expressed well by Grant Harrison soon after the 2002 vintage and after sampling several tanks noted, "It's great to see all the Sangiovese so aromatic and with such good colour". Sangiovese may not be a "showy" wine at first, but its modesty can so easily vanish at the table.

Around 15% of Coriole's production is now Sangiovese (Shiraz is 55%).

It can be said that Sangiovese and Shiraz are very complementary � at opposite ends of the red wine taste spectrum.

- Mark Lloyd

Cellar Door update

We have always prided ourselves on the comfort of our cellar door. This year, due to rising numbers of visitors we thought we needed more bench space for people to sample our wares.

Once again the services of Jerry Keyte the passionate artist, wood craftsman, builder, and architect, was put to the test to craft the new cellar door to be harmonious and keeping with the heritage-listed barn we so dearly love. His finished product has left us with a comfortable and classic vision of Coriole�s "Fattoria".

Just to affirm, we have recently been awarded as one of the "Top 10 Cellar Doors in Australia." Australian Gourmet Traveller Oct/Nov 2003.

Louise Holley, a truly local wine passionate person has joined our family and will be happily engaging all those who wish to experience the leisurely atmosphere we've become known for. If you want to drop her a line, book a table for lunch or catch up with what�s been happening at the winery, Louise can be contacted at the cellar door on 08 8323 8305, or email

2002 Sangiovese Release

Very latest Coriole Sangiovese has just been released at the begining of September 2003.

Winemaker Grant Harrison says "After seventeen years of growing Sangiovese this is one of the finest wines from this variety that we have produced."

Epicure UNCORKED - November 2003

2001 Redstone judged top ten reds for $15-$25 price range.

This shiraz-cab-merlot blend is a satisfying drop that shows good McLaren Vale regionality. Jammy dark plum, dusty spices and leathery hints mark the nose, and medium-weight palate has good balance of ripe berrry flavour and fine tannins.

2001 VP ? A Vintage First

Our viticulturalist Rachael Steer�s previously unknown passion for vintage port has led to Coriole making its first vintage port in many years.

She pounced late in the vintage when the small Stone Wall block of Shiraz was trailing in ripeness and was left hanging on the vine.

By the time the winery got back to it, the grapes were touching a massive 16.5 Beaume sugar level.

"It was such a high Beaume and because it had been left at the start of the season and it was over-ripe I thought it was a good opportunity to make some port,� says Rachael. �I enjoy vintage port.�

About a half tonne of shiraz came off the Stone Wall block, and Rachael moved from the vineyard to the winery to baby-sit the small open fermentation through to fortification under direction from winemaker Grant Harrison.

A month down the track, and the Coriole Vintage Port, 2002, is looking very promising and tasting completely delicious.

Following the interest taken in the vintage port from vintage 2002 (now in bottle), we decided to attempt another this year. One renovated row of the Clonal Shiraz block provided the perfect fruit, in great condition and with fantastic flavour. The fruit was left to ripen on the vine and ideally would have attained a baume of 17+ baum�. However, with all other Coriole fruit picked and faced with the possibility of having to drag out the Coriole staff for a �picking day�, we decided to take it off on the 18th March. The fruit came in at 16 baum� and in good condition.

The fruit was crushed into two 500L bins where it was lovingly hand plunged by myself and our esteemed (and extremely tall) winemaker Grant Harrison. Baum�s were monitored hourly to determine the fortification point. As with last year the timing left a little to be desired. With the fortification scheduled for the early hours of the morning, I decided that wine making really should be left to the winemaker. However, a compromise was reached, with one of the bins fortified late that night and the other next morning to give the desired alcohol.

With the fortification complete and the fermentation halted, the �cap� submerged, leaving the surface of the liquid covered in seeds. As seeds are responsible for some of the harsher tannins these seeds were regularly skimmed from the surface.

2003 Vintage Report - Grant Harrison

The weather McLaren Vale encountered in the lead up to the start of picking particularly during summer gave us a great deal of confidence that the 2003 vintage would be of a high quality albeit down on yield. Mid February rain delayed picking slightly, but due to the smaller crop levels the vineyards bounced back and we commenced vintage on the 18th February. As always we started with Semillon quickly followed by the majority of our Shiraz blocks on the Coriole property.

Included in these early blocks were some of our premium Shiraz vineyards that really shone in the winery filling it with the inviting aromas associated with vintage time. In particular Contours 6 and 7, situated on some of the properties shallowest soils, produced wines displaying incredible depth of fruit flavour and phenolic structure. These wines are some of the most balanced wines I have seen from this property. It is also fair to say that the balance and flavour seen in this particular wine has been expressed to some degree across the majority of the Shiraz wines vintaged this year. 2003 � a good year for Shiraz!

The season was a little more challenging for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in that we were very careful not to pick the fruit early as we had noticed a few vineyards showing greener or herbaceous characters in the fruit. Careful selection of blocks and picking times resulted with the majority of the Cabernet/Merlot being of sound to good quality. A great base for Redstone. As with the Shiraz we do have a few special parcels of wine showing great flavour and varietal expression with a style I best describe as balanced and even elegant to some degree. Mark and I both commented that the quality was of such a level that we could almost have blended Mary Kathleen at this stage of the wines development.

The quality we encountered with Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot was also reflected in other varieties. Our Sangiovese vineyards produced flavoursome aromatic wines showing good balance and varietal definition. 2003 � Another year for a Lloyd release Sangiovese? We will keep you informed.

The early season rain caused some concern with the whites however with careful vineyard management (thanks Rachel) and picking times the nearly completed Chenin in tank looks encouraging. We will still meet our scheduled release date of early June. 2003 also marked the first vintage for some time that we did not source Sauvignon Blanc from the McLaren Vale region. Fans of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc � don�t despair. McLaren Vale produces some of Australia�s best Semillon and we have made a conscious decision to source the Sauvignon Blanc for the blend from the Adelaide Hills, a region noted for this variety. Still from a Lloyd family vineyard the resulting wine in tank appears to be of excellent quality and I am looking forward to blending and producing this wine.

To sum up the 2003 vintage the resulting wines we have in our possession are encouraging and look to be a great follow on to the 2002 vintage we are currently working towards release of. I would like to thank the vintage crew comprising Mathew Broomhead and Dale Bull, our permanent cellarhands, and our seasonal vintage workers Michael Sexton, a final year wine science student, and Daniel Goodhind the guy who walked in off the street looking for a job.

Well done all.

Grant Harrison

Coriole Music Festival 2003

Bookings are now open for the 2004 Coriole Music Festival, to be held on the 3rd and 4th of May 2003.

The programme for 2003 will consist of English works (15th-20th centuries), American and Australian works, highlighting literary themes of nature and love, with a contrasting stream of eastern European music (Hungarian, Slavonic). As in past years, three pre-concert talks by Ken Healey will explore the historical and artistic background of the different works to be performed, together with their literary context...

For 2003, in order to build on the standards of past Festivals yet maintain continuing variety, we have engaged a larger vocal group from Sydney (The Song Company) as well as other interstate performers. The other performers include mezzosoprano Elizabeth Campbell, violinist Dimity Hall, cellist Julian Smiles and pianist Josephine Allan.

There will be three concerts, each of approx 90 minutes playing time, in the Barrel Room at Coriole Vineyards - on Saturday May 3rd 2003 at 5pm, and Sunday May 4th at 11am and 4.30pm.

Contact Heather Budich with phone, fax and email details.

Hot off the press

Sydney Morning Herald December 3 2002
by Helen Greenwood

Australia's fledgling olive oil industry is booming. Now our expert panel sees if the local drops pass the taste test.

Ten years ago, Good Living did an olive oil tasting, the first public assessment of Australian olive oils since 1901.

The line-up was small, just six oils from four makers, because the local industry was still a babe in the grove. Two of those oils came from Mark Lloyd, the winemaker from Coriole in McLaren Vale, South Australia, who had then been making olive oil for about three years.

"People couldn't believe it," he says. "They said, 'oh, that's right, that's what my vet said I should rub my dog's ears with'."

Coriole is still around today, as are the three other labels in that tasting, Joseph, Toscana and Maroudis. But they have been joined by a plethora of others.

Walk into any decent deli and you'll find a clutch of pretty bottles holding the green-gold liquid pressed from olives planted all over the country.

At last count, there were at least 82 olive oil presses and at least 100 olive oil producers in Australia, says Paul Miller, the president of the Australian Olive Association.

They range from one-woman bands like Bentivoglio Olives near Mudgee, run by Jane Bentivoglio, pressing about 1200 litres of organic olive oil (available at the cellar-door), to long-standing manufacturers such as Toscana in Victoria pumping out 50,000 litres of oil a year. Olives, like grape vines, crop up in most states of Australia.

Miller says that in Australia there are now about 30,000 hectares planted with olive groves and about 8.5 million trees. The main varieties going into the ground are frantoia, leccino, coratino (from Italy), piqual (Spain), barnea (Israel) and koroneiki (Greece). "My estimation is that about 15 per cent is publicly funded and the balance is privately funded," says Miller.

So, a decade on, Good Living decided it was time to do another tasting of Australian extra virgin olive oils and assembled a panel of five.

Simon Johnson is a member of the Australian panel accredited by the Madrid-based International Olive Oil Council (IOOC). It accredits tasting panels and chemical laboratories to test olive oils to make sure they meet the legal requirements of an extra virgin olive oil.

John Newton has judged olive oils at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show (SRFFS) for the past two years (and did the first Good Living tasting in 1992).

Eduardo Gonzalez, from the Spanish Commercial Office, specialises in Spanish olive oil, wines and food, and has also been a judge at the SRFFS for the past two years.

Sally Harper is head sommelier at Bathers' Pavilion restaurant. David Tsirekas is the chef and owner of Perama restaurant in Petersham and a noted palate.

We looked for the oils readily available in Sydney shops and asked producers to supply bottles of the 2002 harvest. Unlike wine, oilve oil is best when it is young and fresh.

We started this in July, thinking that the harvest would be over and the oils would be in the bottle. But the harvest this year was lengthy because so many regions were picking olives at different times and because of the increase in the volume of olives. Some oils arrived just in time for our tasting in early November, others didn't. The Joseph Foothills, for instance, was not included because it wasn't available.

The Good Living panel tasted 21 oils.It did an organoleptic assessment of olive oils based on the format established and used by the IOOC.

The IOOC defines virgin olive oils according to their organoleptic (taste and aroma) and analytic characteristics (the degree of acidity, which refers to the proportion of free fatty acids, not to the taste).

Extra virgin olive oil should have perfect flavour and odour, and a maximum acidity (oleic acid) of 1g/100g or 1 per cent. In many olive-oil-producing regions, extra virgin oil is judged by a panel of experts for taste, mouth feel, and aroma.

The first task is to establish if there are any defects and, if there are, to characterise what they are (fusty, musty, vinegary/sour, muddy sediment, metallic, rancid, overcooked). Under this analysis, an oil with defects is not considered extra virgin, even though it may have less than 1 per cent oleic acid. If the oil has no defects, the next step is to assess the positive attributes. These are fruitiness, pungency and bitterness. A good extra virgin olive oil is deemed to be free of defects and will have all three positive attributes in balance.

As colour plays no part in the assessment, we tasted the oils in cobalt blue glasses used by the IOOC, which mask the colour. The oil is warmed in the glass in the hand, sniffed and taken into the mouth, sucking in air, and spitting, as in a wine tasting.

The judges rated five of the oils highly: Dandaragan Estate Chef's Choice; Mount Zero Olive Oil; Toscana; Coriole; and Dandaragan Estate Ultra Premium.

The most obvious change since 1992 is that Australia is producing more sophisticated oils for more sophisticated tastes. Coriole's Mark Lloyd, for instance, recalls that he borrowed a traditional olive press from a neighbour to make his first oil.

"We were using a traditional mat press. It's fantastic if it is in pristine condition and has new mats, but this one didn't. With the arrival of the first centrifugal machine [in McLaren Vale] in 1993, we took some olives down and got six tins back. I opened and smelt the first tin and felt a great sigh of relief and my frustration disappeared. Finally, an olive oil with genuine, fresh characteristics."

Ten years on and a lot more centrifugal machines later, the local industry has boomed, but is not yet mature. For one thing, our tasting revealed that five of the 21 oils had defects. These are technical problems that occur in the production process or during bottling and storing and which introduce unacceptable flavours into the oil. By IOOC standards, these oils can't be judged as extra virgin and so we did not include them in our tasting notes. The relatively high level of defects surprised our judges. "The producers don't know what to look for if they send in oil with defects," says Simon Johnson. "They need to wake up."

Most of the defects were judged to have happened in the production process, rather than because of bad storage, simply because the oils were hot off the presses and sent directly to us.

Johnson says, however, that he believes that "if you were to [get] 21 oils from around the world, you would find at least five with defects". Paul Miller was less convinced. "I would have hoped we are heading to one out of 100."

David Tsirekas was disappointed by the overall quality. "I thought I would have got a lot more that I liked."

Gonzalez regards the Australian industry, certainly compared with the ancient European one, as fledgling. "We haven't found one that stood out and made us go, 'wow!' We have found a lot of good oils but not any great oils."

The feeling of the panel was that there is a gold rush mentality operating at the moment - "go out and plant" - and a lot of well-intentioned people are making oils without a benchmark standard of what a good oil should taste like.

Lloyd, though now an old-hand, admits that he wasn't always so proficient. "A lot of the oils we sold in the first three years were faulty. We didn't know and many people enjoyed them but I'd be embarrassed to serve up those oils now."

According to Gonzalez, in Spain, "the growers of the olives bring the oil to bottlers who employ professional olive oil tasters that are organoleptically trained."

The question arose of how the winemakers establish standards for their product. "In the wine industry," says Harper, "the producer sells off anything that is not up to scratch and keeps the premium wine." We suspect that is not the case in the premium olive oil industry.

The winemaking process allows grape juice to be significantly changed and, if necessary, improved. Wine is also a more stable product, thanks to preservatives. This is not the case with olive oils. Juice is pressed straight from the olives and bottled.

Lloyd goes so far as to say that "most extra virgin olive oils in supermarkets have defects".

As a consequence, consumers, and even some producers, have come to believe that the desirable qualities of an extra virgin olive oil are flabby, soft and bland. Indeed, they prefer that to a fresh oil with bite and potency that explodes in the mouth.

The keyword to knowing what is a good olive oil is freshness. Even those people who pride themselves as being in-the-know are just beginning to be exposed to a variety of styles and to discern rancid from soft, bitter from defective, pungent and flat.

Miller says we have been used to "cheap imported oils that taste fat and greasy".

"Even if you don't like the bitter oils, there are delicate oils around that have balance and give you satisfaction in the mouth."

And that brings us to the issue of bitterness.

"You want a certain level of bitterness," says Lloyd. "It's good, it's a positive attribute. It's correlated to freshness and giving oil life. Yes, oil can be too bitter if picked too early and green. But the test is when you use it on food: do you notice the bitterness then? It's not like wine, you don't drink oil. It's the sort of education that we still need to do."

This involves self-education and you can only do that by tasting and comparing. As Lloyd says: "You have to buy a bottle, smell and taste, both the cheap one from the supermarket and the expensive one, and decide if it is worth it."

While many people are put off by the hefty price tags of the local extra virgins compared with the bulk imported buys, Miller says it is less of an issue than you'd think.

"Once people get the flavour of a good virgin oil, they never seem to go back. There is nothing like fresh tomatoes on toast and a good olive oil."

Thanks to Victoria Lush at Simon Johnson Purveyor of Quality Food and Michelle Fernandes, Good Living.

What to look for in extra virgin olive oil.

Is an indication of how an oil will taste. Look for lifted aromas that are fresh. A defect will often be picked up by your nose.

Has no bearing on the quality of an extra virgin olive oil. It can range from pale straw through honey gold to greenish, depending on the olive variety and how early or late it was harvested. It can be clear (filtered) or cloudy (unfiltered).

Look for a fresh fruitiness balanced with a bitey pungency for complexity in the form of pepperiness and a pleasant bitterness that leaves a clean finish in the mouth.

The Good Living judges rated five of the oils they tasted highly:

Dandaragan Estate
Chef's Choice
Mount Zero Olive Oil
Dandaragan Estate Ultra Premium

The good oil
Coriole First Oil 2002, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (250mL) "Balanced, fruity, very pungent and peppery, clean."

Sangiovese - Interview SBS TV's Wine Lovers' Guide to Australia.

Wine Lovers' Guide to Australia, SBS Australia, 2001

Sangiovese is a grape variety that is becoming more popular in Australia as a single variety and for use in red wine blends. It grows particularly well in the King Valley in Victoria formerly a tobacco farming region and in South Australia. Coriole vineyards were the first to introduce the Italian variety into the McLaren Vale region Mark Lloyd talks with Maryann Egan about its development. Maryann Egan: Sangiovese is one of many Italian grape varieties becoming increasingly popular in Australia. In fact, more Australians have drunk sangiovese than they've realised as it's the main grape variety used in making the Italian wine Chianti. So it's hardly surprising then that the first growers of Sangiovese have an Italian background. Particularly in Victoria's King Valley where growing grapes has replaced growing tobacco.

Maryann Egan: McLaren Vale in South Australia has a maritime influence, and consequently very different growing conditions for the sangiovese grape.

Mark Lloyd: �McLaren Vale is quite a moderate climate, a pretty kind climate. Moderate winters and warm but...summers that have some moderating influences. We can just see the sea. But Sangiovese produces quite late variety in this climate and quite high natural acidity so that seems to fit well... and of course the wines that are made in these sorts of climates, they been quite sort of generous so it gives us an opportunity to make Sangiovese which is 100% Sangiovese which often can be a problem in much cooler climates�

Mark: �1996 was a great vintage so we decided to make not sangiovese varietal, but sangiovese style which is maybe 80% sangiovese and 20% cabernet merlot�.

Maryann: They do that in Italy, blend other varieties in with the sangiovese. (TASTING) Lovely length and mature characters. I love that. It's gorgeous�and long tannin. Lovely wine to have with food.

Mark: ��they don't have so much sweet fruit character as French varieties. They tend to be drier and leaner. And often on their own they don't look so attractive but with food they really stand out�. ��when we first produced Sangiovese, light-bodied reds didn't have the acceptance they have now. The really good quality pinots weren't that common, So that's changed a bit and people have come to accept a range of styles�.