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Coriole Vineyards

2016 Vita Sangiovese

2016 Vita Sangiovese
2016 Vita Sangiovese

A savoury and rustic wine from some of Australia's oldest Sangiovese vines.

Every so often during our blind assessment tastings, a parcel of sangiovese sits up and impresses us with its intensity and complexity. Invariably the parcel is from the 1985 planting (now Australia’s oldest sangiovese vines).

We often find that when assessing all our sangiovese parcels (we have up to 20 post vintage) the sum of the parts is always a better wine than any individual component so these moments are rare.

We tasted through the barrels from this parcel and the top three were chosen for bottling, resulting in 99 dozen.

"Coriole shows what sangiovese should and does look like. Medium-bodied, with a complex array of sour, red and morello cherries supported by fine, dusty tannins throughout. There's no need to look for excuses here. 96 points"
James Halliday

"Cherry, almond paste, dried herbs and liquorice, with some biscuit spices thrown in. It’s medium to full-bodied, savoury and earthy, but ripe in dark cherry and blackcurrant, delicious nutty almond flavour, rugged but satisfying tannin grip, new leather and perfume on a long firm finish. Excellent expression of Sangiovese. 94 points"
Gary Walsh, The Winefront

SKU: 16Vita
Wine Specs
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A lifted nose with aromas of bramble, blackcurrant and aniseed. The palate is rich and complex with red fruits, fresh herbs and earthy tones. The finish is long with characteristic savoury tannin. A typical rustic sangiovese to be enjoyed now or cellared for up to 10 years.
Production Notes
Sangiovese was pioneered in Australia by Coriole Vineyards with the first plantings in 1985. It provided a contrasting style to Shiraz, the great tradition of McLaren Vale. It has proven to be ideally suited to the warm maritime climate of the region. Vita is a small bottling that is only produced in exceptional vintages.