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Coriole Vineyards

2017 Mary Kathleen Cabernet

2017 Mary Kathleen Cabernet
2017 Mary Kathleen

Our Mary Kathleen is generally sourced from the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard planted in 1986 that sits just to the side of the cellar door. 

"A shimmering ruby, this is exceptional warm climate cabernet. The usual varietal pointers of blackcurrant, bouquet garni, graphite and the motley crew of herb aside, the tannin management here skilled, linked with an after-carriage of coffee grind bite. Real detail to these tannins. Compact. A noble sheen married to compelling length. 96 points"
Ned Goodwin, James Halliday's Wine Companion

"Deep red/purple colour, with a tamarillo, toasty oak and rich black fruit bouquet and flavour, with toasty barrel undertones. Powerful, concentrated, long-lasting palate flavour. The tannins are abundant and grainy, adding excellent structure throughout the entire palate. A long-termer. 96 points"
Huon Hooke, The Real Review

"Intense small berried dark fruit, aniseed and cedar, tobacco and perfume. It’s medium-bodied, well-knit tannin and flavours of truffle and blackcurrant, dense and flavoursome, sweetly fruited, yet quite fine and ‘minerally’ too, nutty, dusty and long, with a nice bit of chew to the tannin as it goes. More than a little ‘claret’ running through its veins. 93+ points"
Gary Walsh, The Winefront


"A shimmering ruby - 96 points"
Wine Specs
6.5 g/L
Residual Sugar
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Bright dark cherry, rosehip, cassis and dark plum. Sweet sage flower perfume and a subtle touch of nutty oak. A rich and bold entry with lashings of dark fruited flavour, blackcurrant and a little dark chocolate. The tannins are plush and lend the wine a richness and depth.
Vineyard Notes
2016 Vintage – Conditions in the spring of 2015 were very dry, yet there was impressive vine growth, some old hands saying they had never seen the vineyards looking so good! Above average temperatures in October and December led to predictions of a very early, swift vintage. Ripening, however, slowed in January. 60-70 mm rain fell, followed by an unusually cool February average of 19.5°C. Gentle ripening continued and picking was slow paced and orderly. The resulting wines are excellent; colour is vibrant, aromatics are alluring, and the natural balance & mouthfeel is superb.
Winemaker Notes
It is always a highlight selecting the barrels that go into this blend from our three small estate vineyards. A savoury and elegant expression from the fantastic 2016 vintage. Long and full flavoured this Cabernet will cellar well for up to 20 years.
Food Pairing Notes
Roast beef with all the trimmings.
Other Notes
Mary Kathleen is named after Lloyd family matriarch, Mary Kathleen Lloyd, one of Coriole’s founders. It is produced from three small, select vineyards on Coriole estate, planted between 1968 and 1986. The wine was first produced in 1992.