This is a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. A savoury nose of burnished leather, ground anise, polished mahogany and blackberry bramble. A plush palate offering up a bounty of forest fruits and mellow oak. The Sparta is a fruit driven Shiraz made to enjoy in its youth through will cellar well. Tannins are soft and approachable with great fruit length.
Sparta is from our Galaxidia vineyard, planted in 1998, and surrounded by olive trees. The original owners of this vineyard came from the countryside surrounding Sparta, an area much loved by Coriole founder Mary ‘Molly’ Lloyd. The soils are Terra Rossa - red brown earth over limestone.
Our Sparta Vineyard is the only Coriole vineyard to face due North and produces a vibrant red fruited and rich style of Shiraz. It is largely planted with a very old Shiraz clone called the ‘Bob Hardy’. Sparta is made to highlight the fruit and floral notes of McLaren Vale Shiraz with good density and medium structure.
Food Pairing Notes
Think Greek cuisine with this wine...slow roasted lamb shoulder generously studded with rosemary, garlic and lemon. Serve it with torn pita, char grilled vegetables and lashings of garlic sauce.